Mark, an acclaimed litigator who leads McGuireWoods’ national trial team, represents clients in their most challenging matters in courts across the country. Throughout his 30-year career, he has prepared hundreds of complicated cases for trial and has served as lead appellate counsel in dozens of reported decisions. Mark’s trial practice remains very active as reflected by the 26 trial weeks he spent as lead counsel for seven jury trials in six different jurisdictions during the two years preceding the pandemic. He completed one “zoom” trial during the pandemic.
His work in high-profile matters across industries has earned him
inductions into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International
Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
As a trial lawyer, Mark has brought a range of complex cases to jury
verdict. His varied client base includes both commercial entities and
healthcare practitioners and institutions involved in litigation.
Mark began his career handling jury trials throughout North Carolina,
mentored by some of the state’s finest trial lawyers. Originally focusing
on the malpractice arena, he is now a general purpose trial lawyer handling
a broad array of matters including product liability, commercial disputes,
financial contracts, toxic torts, mass torts, insurance coverage, as well
as fire and explosion.
In addition to his North Carolina license, Mark is a member of the New York
State Bar. With client engagements becoming more national in scope, he
works out of the firm’s Raleigh and New York offices.
An active member of his local community, Mark contributes a significant
amount of his time to educational organizations. He is currently serving on
the advisory board of The Feagin Leadership Program, the mission of which
is to provide a transformational learning experience that develops
effective, ethical leaders who positively influence healthcare. He has
served two terms on the Board of Trustees of Durham Academy, the K-12
school attended by his four children. He also was a founding director of
Durham Nativity School, an institution dedicated to educating middle-school
boys from financially challenged families as well as Student U, a
collaborative organization providing services for students from the summer
before they enter sixth grade until their high school graduation.
Mark has been honored in multiple years by Chambers USA on its
list of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and Benchmark Litigation
lists him as a Local Litigation Star. He has been recognized
several times by Law & Politics as one of the Top 10 Attorneys in North Carolina and by Best Lawyers as Raleigh Lawyer
of the Year for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions.
- Representation of a defendant in ongoing multidistrict litigation encompassing thousands of cases relating to an ENDS product.
- Representation of and serve as lead trial counsel for a major financial institution in defense of claims arising out of the World Trade Center collapse, pending in the Southern District of New York.
- Serve as national trial counsel to a market leading medical device manufacturer.
- Serve as trial counsel to defendant in pending MDL involving 3,900 cases.
- Served as lead counsel in trial named by CVN as top ten defense verdict of 2015.
- Representation of publicly traded company and board members in shareholder actions filed as a result of corporate merger agreements.
- Serve as trial counsel to one of the nation’s largest packaged food companies in cases arising from a plant explosion.
- Serve as lead counsel for academic medical center in litigation arising out of clinical trials.
- Served as lead appellate counsel in excess of 35 reported decisions.
- Tried to jury verdict in excess of 50 medical malpractice cases in defense of healthcare practitioners and institutions.
- The University of North Carolina School of LawJD1988
- Duke UniversityAB1985
Senior Lecturing Fellow – Trial Practice, Duke Law School
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Chair, Judiciary Committee; Member, ACTL Task Force on Boot Camp Trial Training Program; Member, North Carolina Committee
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates; National Board Member
Member, North Carolina Rules Advisory Commission, 2019
Trustee, Durham Academy, 2006-2012
Member, Litigation Section; Board of Directors, 2008-2011; Past Chairman, Medical Malpractice Section; Co-chair, Legislative Committee, 2008-2009, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
Trustee and Founding Board Member, Durham Nativity School, 2001-2009
- Panelist, "Ethics – Interactive Ethics Drills: Overcoming Ethical Dilemmas in Drug and Medical Device Litigation", 24th Annual Drug & Medical Device Litigation Conference, December 10 - 11, 2019
- Speaker, McGuireWoods Sponsors Raleigh’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Conference, August 20, 2019
- Presenter, "Healthcare Litigation Trends", Healthcare Litigation and Business Trends Program, October 20, 2018
- Speaker, "Key Considerations and Strategies for Dealing with Healthcare Litigation", 13th Annual Healthcare Finance and Growth Conference, September 25, 2018
- Speaker, "False Claims, Fraud and Abuse - Enforcement and Litigation", 10th Annual Healthcare Provider Conference: Healthcare Finance and Growth, September 17, 2015
- Co-Chair, Healthcare Litigation Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, August 14, 2014
- North Carolina
- New York
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law, 2007-2024; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants 2021-2024, Woodward/White, Inc.
Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions – Consumer Products – Defense, 2021, 2022, 2023; Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions – Consumer Products – Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2021, 2022, 2023; Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions – Automotive/Transport – Defense, 2022; Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions – Toxic Tort – Defense; 2022, 2023; General Commercial Disputes, 2023
Selected for inclusion in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: Healthcare and Medical Malpractice, North Carolina, Chambers USA, 2012-2023
Named to “North Carolina Super Lawyers,” Business Litigation, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2023
Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, Raleigh, Best Lawyers, 2023
Selected for inclusion, North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2021
Named to “Legal Elite,” Litigation, Business North Carolina, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2022
Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Raleigh, Best Lawyers, 2022
Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Raleigh, Best Lawyers, 2021
Selected for inclusion as a “Leading Lawyer,” Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Toxic Tort – Defense, 2016-2017; Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Automotive/Transport, 2020, Legal 500 US
Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Raleigh, Best Lawyers, 2018
Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, Raleigh, Best Lawyers, 2012, 2016-2017
Named to “Leaders in the Law,” North Carolina Lawyers Weekly,
Named to ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyers,’ Health Care, American Lawyer Media and
Named to “Top 100 Attorneys in North Carolina,” Law & Politics, 2008, 2014
Named a “Local Litigation Star,” North Carolina, Benchmark Litigation, 2013
Named to “Leaders in the Law,” North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2011
Named “Triangle, Mover & Shaker,” Business Leader
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
- Author, Increase in ‘Take-Home’ COVID-19 Litigation Creates Fear of ‘Never-Ending’ Liability for Employers, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, January 13, 2022
- Contributing Author, “Chapter 4: Premises Liability” and “Chapter 16: Jury Trials", Infectious Disease Litigation: Science, Law & Procedure, February 2021
- Author, Revised Medicare Secondary Payer Implementation Time Line for TPOC Liability Insurance Payments, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, November 16, 2010
- Author, MMSEA Section 111 Update, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, February 18, 2010
- Author, Impact of Medicare Secondary Payer Law on Employment and Other Claims, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, February 4, 2010
- Author, Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting Registration Deadline September 30, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, September 22, 2009