Mark focuses his practice on complex and mass tort litigation, with an emphasis on defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in federal and state courts across the country. He also has experience in a range of chemical exposure, product liability and commercial cases, and he is experienced in defending consumer protection cases brought by the Mississippi Attorney General against product manufacturers. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers®.

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Recently, Mark has contributed to the defense in the Johnson & Johnson hernia mesh litigation, among others. He also defends pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in single-plaintiff or “one off” cases across multiple jurisdictions. He has served on multiple trial teams in significant product liability cases across the country. He also served in an in-house secondment of the legal department of a leading pharmaceutical company in 2015.

Mark is a member of the Editorial Board for Pro Te: Solutio, Butler Snow’s in-house publication for the pharmaceutical, medical device and health care industry. In addition, he frequently authors articles on litigation-related topics for the publication.

He obtained his J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law and B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Leslie H. Southwick of the Mississippi Court of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in Mississippi.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2002
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2020-2023
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013-2015

Education & Honors

  • Mississippi College, J.D., 2002
    • Moot Court Board
  • University of Alabama, B.A., History, magna cum laude, 1997
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Clerkship, Judge Leslie H. Southwick, Mississippi Court of Appeals

Experience

  • Slemp v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – Trial team in products liability action (St. Louis, Mo. 2017)
  • Ristesund v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – Trial team in products liability action (St. Louis, Mo. 2016).
  • Served an in-house secondment of the legal department of a leading pharmaceutical company (2015).
  • Kristufek v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. – Trial team in pharmaceutical personal injury case (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Pa. 2015).
  • Kendall v. Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., et al - Trial Team, Significantly reduced verdict in retrial of Pharmaceutical Personal Injury case (Atlantic City, N.J. 2014).
  • Haley, et al. v. Merial Ltd., et al. – Denial of class certification in veterinary pharmaceutical case (N.D. Miss., 2013).
  • Elliott v. City of Holly Springs, et al. – Summary judgment obtained in fuel gas explosion personal injury case (Marshall Co. Miss., 2013).
  • Reynolds/Wilkinson/Rossitto/Young v. Hoffmann La Roche, et al. – Trial team, multiple defense verdicts in pharmaceutical personal injury case (Atlantic Co. N.J., 2012).
  • Andrews/Gaghan/Marshall v. Hoffmann La Roche, et al. – Trial team, multiple defense verdicts in pharmaceutical personal injury case (Atlantic Co. N.J., 2011).
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications