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Mark L. Taylor

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Mark is a founding member of Powers Taylor, LLP. In 2005, he decided to pursue his passion of helping other individuals and small businesses by starting a boutique firm. Mark attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Before attending law school at the University of Texas, Mark became a certified public accountant. His practice areas include personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, and business litigation.

Mark has over 20 years of experience with plaintiff litigation. He has extensive experience litigating all types of auto accident claims such as motorcycle and 18-wheeler related accidents. In the past, Mark has also handled complex product liability cases involving children’s toys, home paper shredders, asbestos products, and safety products such as air masks and safety scissors. Through the years he has worked on many mass tort dockets, where large numbers of consumers have been injured by prescription drugs, medical devices, 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, he has significant experience in handling cases involving theft of trade secrets, commercial debt and judgment collection, non-compete agreements, and intellectual property disputes. Mark’s background in public accounting enables him to understand the financial and accounting issues that frequently arise in complex business litigation. 

Mark is passionate about helping others seek justice. Whether it is representing a family that has lost a loved one or helping a business owner resolve a dispute, he is committed to providing an aggressive and client-centric approach to each case.

Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • 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

Education:

  • J.D. (University of Texas School of Law, 1994)
  • B.B.A. (Accounting, University of Oklahoma, 1981)

Honors:

  • Listed in Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars Magazines, a Thomson Reuters service, “Texas Super Lawyer;” 2008-2015
  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers Award, 2013 and 2016
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel “Nation’s Top One Percent,” 2015
  • 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
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association Board Member 2015- Present

Professional Affiliations: 

  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association

Presentations and Publications:

  • The Role of Probate Lawyers in Nursing Home Litigation” CLE 2016
  • “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, 1995
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas

Professional History:

  • 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 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 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 sale 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 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
  • 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