Overview

Mark began his career as in-house labor counsel for General Motors in Detroit where he ultimately became responsible for all UAW related legal matters. After fifteen years, he left for private practice where he has continued to use and apply this practical foundation to the legal needs of his clients.

As a young lawyer at GM Mark was taught early on that “lawyers don’t build cars”. In other words the function of the lawyer is to assist, and not hinder, the client who does build cars. This basic practical principle has defined Mark’s practice for over 40 years. Whether giving client advice, defending employment discrimination allegations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements or defending unfair labor practice charges, he continues to focus upon the client’s desired result. Mark listens, determines what the client’s goals and objectives are, advises the client how best legally to achieve those goals and objectives and then works diligently to help the client do so. The applicable law can be researched. The lawyer’s skill is in applying the law to the client’s facts to achieve the desired result.

Mark is a frequent speaker and writer on labor and employment law issues and has been published nationally in The Labor Lawyer legal journal. At the invitation of the U.S. Department of Labor, he was one of approximately 25 labor lawyers in the United States to attend the first U.S.-Mexico International Labor Law Conference in Mexico City in 1992. In August of 2001 Mark was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® (1995-2018)
  • Board Certified – Labor & Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Inducted 2001)
  • Texas Super Lawyers® (2003-2006, 2010-2017)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Board Certified – Labor & Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, EEO and Developing Labor Law Committees
  • State Bars of Texas, Michigan, and Florida
  • Deacon, Austin Baptist Church
  • Community Bible Study Leader
  • Director, Children at Heart Ministries

About Me

Mark and his wife Marcy enjoy spending family time with their three children, their spouses and five grandchildren. They read, travel, boat and fly fish. Mark is an avid clay target shooter who also enjoys bird hunting, motorcycles and his old Porsche.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Primary labor counsel for large national truck manufacturer (2010-2017).
  • Defended literally hundreds of employment discrimination cases in state and federal court of all types for employers ranging from large automotive manufacturers and suppliers to smaller local employers.
  • Counseled large and small employers regarding best employment practices, employment litigation prevention and defense, labor relations, wage and hour compliance and litigation, retaliation and workplace safety.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Texas Legislative Session: Sanctuary Cities, Voter IDs, and Bathroom Bills”, Texas Employment Law Letter, July 2017
  • “Some Thoughts on Political Protest Strikes”, Texas Employment Law Letter, March 2017
  • “Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out”, Texas Employment Law Letter, November 2016
  • “Is the DOL’s New Persuader Rule Persuasive?”, Texas Employment Law Letter, July 2016
  • “A Few Questions to Ask before Terminating Someone”, Texas Employment Law Letter, December 2015
  • “C’mon, man! Give us a Break”, Texas Employment Law Letter, October 2015
  • “Training Too Weird Even for Austin”, Texas Employment Law Letter, June 2015
  • “It’s back! The 2015 Texas Legislature has Convened”, Texas Employment Law Letter, February 2015
  • “The NLRB ─ the New Elephant in the Room, Continued”, Texas Employment Law Letter, September 2014
  • “The NLRB ─ the New Elephant in the Room”, Texas Employment Law Letter, August 2014
  • “Showdown in Texas over Hiring Convicted Felons”, Texas Employment Law Letter, December 2013
  • "Management clients want a lawyer who is responsive, effective and efficient at legally getting them where they want to go. J. P. Morgan said it well: ‘I don't want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do; I hire him to tell me how to do what I want to do.’”
  • J. P. Morgan

Practice Emphasis

  • Labor and employment law on behalf of employers

Education

Michigan State University

  • J.D.

Hillsdale College

  • B.A.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Michigan, 1975
  • Florida, 1976
  • Texas, 1992
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