Mr. Asner is a member of the Wildlife Justice Commission’s Advisory Council. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Asner was an Assistant United States Attorney in New York, where he was Chief of the Major Crimes unit for two years, and served in the Public Corruption unit. As a prosecutor, Marcus led the U.S. prosecution of United States v. Bengis, one of the largest and most significant trafficking cases in history, which involved a massive scheme to import into the U.S. illegally harvested lobster from South Africa.
Mr. Asner presently works in private practice in New York. He routinely counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental and wildlife trafficking issues, and writes and speaks frequently on international wildlife trafficking and corruption.
He has given training to Interpol and other law enforcement entities on wildlife trafficking, has testified on trafficking issues before the U.S. House of Representatives, and has conducted briefings for the U.S. Congress on wildlife trafficking and related issues.
Mr. Asner currently serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Enforcement.