Mark is managing partner of the Austin office. His practice concentrates on matters relating to insurance law, litigation and appeals.
He provides counsel to corporate policyholders in all types of first- and third-party coverage disputes, including general and products liability, directors & officers, employment practices, construction, contractual indemnity, advertising injury, property, business interruption, and environmental, asbestos, and other "long-tail" claims.
Mark served as director of the Natural Resources Division of the Texas Energy and Natural Resources Advisor Council from 1980-1983. He practiced environmental law until the late 1980s, after which he devoted his practice to insurance recovery for his corporate clients.
A frequent lecturer and author on insurance law, he helped form and is a past-chair of the Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He also is a founding Fellow and a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC).
Representation of food producer seeking coverage from multiple liability insurers for numerous nuisance claims. Coverage suits pending in Missouri.
Representation of energy company seeking coverage from its liability insurers for environmental contamination. Coverage suits pending in Clark County, Washington and Bexar County, Texas.
Representation of oil company seeking coverage from its liability insurers for numerous MTBE-related product liability claims. Coverage suit pending in Harris County, Texas.
Representation of post-bankruptcy trust seeking coverage from its liability insurers for asbestos-and silica-related liabilities. Settled after obtaining favorable rulings on trigger of coverage, fortuity and exhaustion.
Representation of office warehouses seeking coverage from their property insurer for losses resulting from a hurricane. Settled before trial.
Representation of dry cleaning company seeking coverage from its liability insurers for PERC-related contamination at multiple locations. Settled after Houston Court of Appeals rejected "manifestation" trigger of coverage.
Founding Fellow and Regent, American College of Coverage and Extrancontractual Counsel, 2014-2017
Chair, Insurance Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2002-2003
Co-Chair, Environmental Coverage Subcommittee, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Litigation Section, American Bar Association, 1999-2000
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1992-2017
Founding Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation, 2004-2017
Member, Leadership Austin, 1991-2017
Selected as a founding member of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel (ACCEC), 2013; elected to Board of Regents, 2015
Named a "Lawyer of the Year," Insurance Law, Austin, The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013, 2017-2018
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2006-2019
Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Insurance (Band 1), Texas, Chambers USA, 2011-2019
Selected as one of five top Texas insurance lawyers in The Go-To Guide, Texas Lawyer, 2002, 2007
Selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, 2012
Named to "Texas Super Lawyers," Insurance Coverage, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018