Mark is a former legislator who focuses his practice on administrative law, disaster assistance, government relations, and healthcare regulatory and transactions matters.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1985
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Government Relations Practice, 2008-2018
    • Lawyer of the Year, Government Relations Practice, 2016
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Administrative Law, 2012-2018
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare, The American Lawyer
  • Chair, Governor-Elect Transition Policy, Nov. 2011-Jan. 2012
  • Member, Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, 2012-2014
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Lawyers Committee, National Center for State Courts
  • Board of Directors, Mississippi Rural Health Association
  • More...

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1985
  • Mississippi State University, B.S., Banking and Finance, S.D. Lee Honors, 1981

Experience

  • Public Law
    • Administrative Law
    • Healthcare Certificates of Need
    • Public Records Requests and Disputes
    • Medicaid Audit Hearings
    • Procurement Disputes
    • Public Utility Proceedings
    • Gaming Law
  • Disaster Assistance
    • FEMA appeals
    • Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission (implementation of statewide emergency wireless network), Counsel 2008 – Present.
  • Legislation
    • Health Care Collaboration Act of 2017 (H.B. 926, codified at Miss. Code Ann. § 37-115-50.1) (drafting assistance and counsel).
    • Co-Authored the Mississippi Court Reform Act (H.B.  548, codified at Miss. Code Ann. § 9-4-1, et seq.).
    • Co-Authored State Port Tax Credit Act of 1994 (H.B. 1778, codified at Miss. Code Ann. § 27‑7‑22.7).
    • Introduced and Co-Authored the Mississippi Product Liability Act (H.B. 1270, codified at Miss. Code Ann. § 11-1-63).
    • Introduced and Co-Authored the Mississippi Punitive Damages Act (codified at Miss. Code Ann. § 11-1-65).
    • MS Civil Justice Reform Act of 2004 (drafting assistance and counsel).
  • Election Contests
  • Litigation
    • Perkins v. McAdams, 234 So.3d 413 (Miss. 2017) (Election Contest).
    • Gunn v. Hughes, 210 So.3d 969 (Miss. 2017) (Brief of Amicus Curiae – Hon. Tate Reeves).
    • McDaniel v. Cochran, 158 So.3d 992 (Miss. 2014) (Election Contest – Sen. Thad Cochran).
    • Jackson HMA, LLC v. Miss. State Dep’t. of Health, et al., 98 So. 3d 980 (Miss. 2012) (agency authority to determine application of CON Laws to University Hospital).
    • Bay St. Louis – Waveland School District v. FEMA, CBCA 1739 (December 8, 2009) and (February 1, 2010) (first Hurricane Katrina FEMA arbitration hearing under ARRA).
    • PPG Architectural Finishes v. Lowery, 909 So.2d 47 (Miss. 2005) (statute of limitations construed to bar toxic tort claim).
    • Ballard v. Illinois Central R. Co., 338 F.Supp. 2d 712 (S.D. Miss. 2004) (federal jurisdiction established under Federal Arbitration Act and Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards).
    • Miller v. Allstate, 631 So.2d 789 (Miss. 1994) (uninsured motorist statute interpreted to allow offset and unfavorable stacking interpretation).
    • Swan v. I.P, Inc., 617 So.2d 846 (Miss. 1993) (established doctrine of sophisticated user for toxic tort/product liability actions in Mississippi).
    • Paul Property and Liability v. Nance, 577 So.2d 1238 (Miss. 1991) (subrogation rights of uninsured motorist carrier abrogated by release of tortfeasor by insured).
    • Collins v. Trinity Industries, 861 F.2d 1364 (5thCir. 1988) (statute of repose for improvement to real property construed to bar personal injury claim).
    • Westbrook v. Perry, 516 So.2d 240 (Miss. 1987) (defense verdict affirmed).

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • ​Author, “The Hatch Act & Municipal Employees,” Mississippi Municipalities; Volume 67, Number 3, 2018
  • ​Author, “LAW ELEVATED – Blue Cross Policy Dispute Battle Revisited,Mississippi Business Journal, June 8, 2018.
  • ​Co-Author, “LAW ELEVATED – Mississippi’s Health Care Collaboration Act is Good Medicine,” Mississippi Business Journal, April 14, 2017.
  • Presenter, "Tort Reform in Mississippi – A Journey, Not a Destination," Miss. Economic Council/State Medical Association, March 2014.
  • Presenter, "Medicaid Audits and Appeals, Mississippi Rural Health Association," September 2013.
  • Presenter, "Disaster Recovery Planning," Continuing Legal Education Presentation, March 2012.
  • Presenter, "Disaster Assistance, Working With FEMA and MEMA," Miss. Association of Supervisors, June 2011.
  • Presenter, "Overview of the Health Care Reform Act," Butler Snow – Invited Professionals Seminar, April 2010.
  • Presenter, "FEMA Arbitration Update," Butler Snow – Invited Professionals Seminar, March 2010.