Mark was born in 1946 in St. Paul, Minnesota. After joining the U.S. Army in 1966, and serving on active duty as a helicopter pilot until 1970, Mark served in the Minnesota and Texas Army National Guards as a helicopter pilot until 1973. He was discharged from the military honorably at the rank of CW2.
Following graduation from law school, Mark served as an Assistant Attorney General of Texas under Attorney General John L. Hill until 1976. Mark has been an associate, partner, and member in a variety of law firms, to include a founding partner of Rohde, Chapman, Ford & How in 1980, and this firm in 1989. He has served on a number of Bar Committees, to include Committee on Ethics in 1997, Committee on New Laws 1980, Fee Disputes 1981-1984, and as a Committee member of the State Bar of Texas 6th District Grievance Committee from 1984 to 1986.
Mark has tried to verdict no less than 200 lawsuits and arbitrations, and has further been the lead attorney on no less than 100 appeals, more than 40 of them recorded decisions, to include cases before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sobranes Recovery Pool I, LLC v. Todd & Hughes Construction Corp, 509 F.3d 216; 2007; Hager v. NationsBank, N.A., 167 F.3d 245 (5th Cir. 1999), Metzler v. Graham, 112 F.3d 207 (5th Cir. 1997), Enclave, Inc. v. Resolution Trust Corp., 986 F.2d 131 (5th Cir. 1993), F.D.I.C. v. Wheat, 970 F.2d 124 (5th Cir. 1992), Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Blanton, 918 F.2d 524 (5th Cir., 1990); the Texas Supreme Court, R. Communications, Inc. v. Sharp, 875 S.W.2d 314 (Tex. 1994), Max Larsen, Trustee v. F.D.I.C./Manager Fund, 835 S.W.2d 66 (Tex. 1992), Liberty Enterprises, Inc. v. Moore Transportation Co., 690 S.W.2d 570 (Tex. 1985); and numerous Courts of Appeals within the State of Texas, Bert Nelson v. Regions Mortgage, Inc., 170 S.W.3d 858 (Tex. App.- Dallas 2005), Marten and Sonic Motors, Inc. v. Phil Silva, 200 S.W.3d 297 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2006), Milacron, Inc. v. Performance Railt Tie, 262 S.W.3d 872 )Tex. App.- Texarkana 2008), Sadeghi v. Gang, 270 S.W.3d 773 (Tex. App.- Dallas 2008), Jensen Construction Company d/b/a Jensen Construction of Texas and Concrete Textures, Inc. f/k/a Jensen Paving Company v. Dallas County, 920 S.W.2d 761 (Tex. App.–Dallas 1996), F.D.I.C. v. Bodin Concrete Co., 869 S.W.2d 372 (Tex. App.–Dallas 1993), Woods v. Applemack Enterprises, Inc., 729 S.W.2d 328 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 1987), Unitrust, Inc. v. Jet Fleet Corp., 673 S.W.2d 619 (Tex. App.–Dallas 1984), Ranger Ins. Co. v. Ward, et al., 107 S.W.3d 820 (Tex. App.–Texarkana 2003).
University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. in General Business, 1972
Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1975
State Bar of Texas
Real Estate Litigation
Shareholder Derivative Litigation
Minority Shareholder Litigation