Mark L. Taylor | Partner
Mark’s practice focuses on product liability, personal injury, and commercial litigation. He has handled complex product liability cases involving children’s toys, home paper shredders, asbestos products, electrical safety devices such as GFCI outlets, and safety products such as air masks and safety scissors. In negligence cases, he handles claims against trucking companies, construction companies, and other professionals who fail to maintain the appropriate level of “ordinary care” expected from those in their profession. He has worked on many mass tort dockets, where large numbers of consumers have been injured by prescription drugs, pharmaceutical implants, or other mass-produced medical products.
Mark’s commercial litigation practice includes shareholder disputes, breach of contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty cases. Additionally, Mark has significant experience in handling cases involving theft of trade secrets, commercial debt and judgment collection, non-compete agreements, and intellectual property disputes. Mark has represented clients in many industries, including oil & gas exploration, printing, manufacturing, technology marketing and sales, public relations, retail, and industrial services. His background in public accounting enables Mark to understand the financial and accounting issues that frequently arise in complex business litigation.
- Product liability
- Nursing home and medical malpractice litigation
- Negligence and personal injury
- Catastrophic injury cases
- Home paper shredder litigation
- Shareholder oppression cases
- Fraud and breach of contract claims
- Commercial and business litigation
- Breach of fiduciary duty cases
- J.D. (University of Texas School of Law, 1994)
- B.B.A. (Accounting, University of Oklahoma, 1981)
Professional Affiliations and Honors
- Listed in Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars Magazines, “Texas Super Lawyer;” 2008-2014
- National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award
- American Association for Justice
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Dallas Bar Association
- Briefing Attorney for Justice John Cornyn, Texas Supreme Court; 1994-1995
- Editor in Chief, Texas Law Review, University of Texas, at Austin, School of Law; 1993-1994
Presentations and Publications
- “Nursing Home Cases: You Can Still Do Them,” TTLA Best Kept Trial Secrets Seminar, 2014
- “Nursing Home Litigation,” Big Country Trial Lawyers Luncheon, 2014
- “Minority Shareholder Oppression No Longer a Viable Cause of Action after Ritchie,” Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, 2014
- “Preparing Witnesses for Depositions,” Houston Law School CLE Program, 2003
- “A Proposal to Limit Industrial Relocation Incentives,” Texas Law Review, Vol. 72, 1994
Admitted to Practice:
- State Bar of Texas
- Kaeske Law Firm 1998-2004
- Thompson & Knight 1997-1998
- Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP 1995-1997
- Supreme Court of Texas 1994-1995 (Briefing Attorney)
Representative Product Liability and Personal Injury Cases
- Plumber electrocuted while working under a house due to defectively wired ground fault circuit interrupter.
- Women suffering chemical burns on their feet from shoes manufactured in China with a toxic residue left on the shoe.
- Three-year-old whose fingers were pulled into a defectively-designed home paper shredder, causing partial amputation of 3 fingers.
- Child whose finger was amputated at a day-care center using scissors that were allegedly designed for small children.
- Truck driver whose vehicle rolled over due to failure to stabilize the load.
- Women who were diagnosed with breast cancer after taking hormone replacement therapy drugs.
- Hernia sufferers who had surgical mesh implants that failed due to the defective design of the implant.
- Motorcycle rider who sustained a closed-head injury after his defectively designed helmet failed to protect him during his accident.
- Client whose lawyer failed to make timely designation of expert witness, resulting in a significant diminution of his breach of contract case.
Representative Commercial Litigation Cases
- Lead counsel in minority shareholder oppression case involving ownership of company that marketed unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”), where majority owner fired our client and diverted the sales to another entity
- Represented investors in failed oil & gas partnerships
- Represented owner of website development company in pursuit of claims arising from website leasing agreements
- Lead counsel in dispute over whether a business owner was personally liable for an arbitration award entered against one of many corporations that he owned.
- Representation of investors in cable television network in breach of contract and fraud case against Fortune 100 Company with potential damages in excess of $100 million.
- Represented out-of-state contractor brought into multiparty dispute alleging commercial corruption and conspiracy to defraud. Negotiated a favorable settlement at an early stage in the litigation that allowed this peripheral defendant to avoid potentially debilitating legal fees.