Attorney at Law
Telephone: 770-886-5890 ext. 2
• Construction Law
• Surety Law
• Materialmens Liens
• Payment Bond Claims
• Miller Act Litigation
For almost 25 years, Mark has been practicing construction law throughout the State of Georgia. He remains active in many professional organizations, he speaks and lectures extensively on Georgia’s Mechanics and Materialmen’s Law, payment bonds and construction contracting. In addition, he publishes on similar topics regularly. In fact, Mark is currently working on a 50 State Lien Law publication for the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry.
Born in Pensacola, Mark credits his personal success with the Christian values instilled by his parents. He was fortunate to learn from great teachers and mentors the value of a hard-day’s work and honesty, and he always enjoyed school. In college, Mark majored in English literature, but he had a double-minor in political science and economics where he was a member of serval honor societies including the prestigious Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) as well as the English and the Political Science honor socities. While in college, Mark managed a 25-person staff of writers and editors for the weekly student newspaper. Under Mark’s leadersihp, the newspaper earned the highest honor from the Georgia College Press Association, and Mark the importance of deadlines, business revenues, and integrity.
After college, Mark matriculated at the top-tier Washington and Lee University School of Law. Here, he excelled in his coursework, served as a faculty research assistant working on a Freedom on Information Act project. His classmates elected him to serve all three years on the 13-member Exceutive Committee which oversaw the honor code for the entire university. Here, Mark’s concepts on honesty and integrity were tested and strengthened in the most remarkable ways.
In addition to his impressive education, Mark’s jobs experience has continued to mold his talents. His earliest jobs–working as a runner for Boling, Rice & Bettis and his tenure at the Florida District Attorney’s Office–taught him to be punctual and to always return telephone calls (now, emails and texts!) During the summers between law school, Mark held several jobs but remembers his time at Mosely, Taylor and Joyner in Jacksonville, Florida most fondly. Here, he worked on complex litigation matters involving maritime and contract law.
After law school, Mark moved to Atlanta to work for a small boutique law firm. Although he performed varying research and ligation task for the various partners, Mark quickly excelled in the area of Georgia construction law. In fact, his first client helped solidify his unique concentration in materialmen liens and payment bond law. This same client ask Mark to develop a procedure for sending Notices to Owners, preparing liens, and other tools useful for the construction industry.
After making partner at his firm, Mark opened his own firm. Until recently, clients learned about Mark exclusively through word-of-mouth. In 2007, Mark and his wife took a sabbatical to France. Upon his return, Mark enthusiastically approached the state-wide practice of construction law with new zeal and determination. He moved the filed into the clouds, improved, the communications network, opened a second office, hired additional attorneys, and began marketing his firm to all types of construction professionals.
Mark speaks and publishes regularly on construction-related legal topics including serving as editor of a 50-State Lien Law Summary to be published by the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law. In addition, Mark teaches various law and economics classes on the undergraduate and MBA level including developing a curriculum for a class on Georgia Construction Law.
Mark is married and has two beautiful children, and an English setter. He is active at All Saints Episcopal Church where he recently completed his term as a Verstyman. Mark is currently the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Vashti Center which operates a $4M annual budget for the children with psychological and psychiatric issues; he is the treasurer and immediate past-president of the local Washington and Lee Alumni Chapter, treasurer of the Southwest Georgia Technical College Foundation, and treasurer of the Thomasville Antique Show Foundation. Along with his wife, Mark is also co-chair of the 2017 and 2018 Thomasville Antique Shows. In addition to his personal and professional interests, Mark enjoys tennis, wingshooting, and fly-fishing.