Attorney - Mark  Wortham

Attorney:

Mark Wortham
Partner
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-5000
F: 404-954-5020
E: mwortham@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

Mark is peer rated AV with Martindale Hubbell. Mark concentrates on defending hospitals, nursing homes, premises liability matters and appellate work. For nearly thirty years, he has engaged in a wide variety of litigation including automobile and premises liability, transportation, class action defense, construction defects, products liability, and insurance coverage. He has tried approximately forty cases to verdict and judgment and has argued numerous cases before the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mark is active in professional organizations and state and local politics.

Practice Areas

General Liability

Mr. Wortham has handled a wide variety of general liability defense work involving serious injury and death. He has acted as lead counsel to one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers in the defense of products liability class actions, negligent security cases and was national coordinator for playground injury cases for a fast food franchise.

Education

Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1986 J.D.
Augusta College, 1983 B.A.

Admitted

Georgia, 1986
Georgia Supreme Court, 1987
Georgia Court of Appeals, 1987
11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1991
U.S. District Court, S.D. Georgia, 1988
U.S. District Court, N.D. Georgia, 1991
U.S. District Court, M.D., 1996

Membership

DRI, Member 2006-Present, Member Appellate Adovcacy Committee Retail and Hospitality Committee, Member Subcommittee on Membership (Vice-Chair), 2015-present
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Member 2006-Present, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Chair 2012-Present
The Supreme Court Historical Society, Member 2007-Present
The Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, Member 2000-Present
Atlanta Bar Association, Member 1995-Present, Editorial Board, 2015- Present
Cobb County Bar Association, Member 1998-Present
Columbus Bar Association, Member 2012-Present
Georgia State House of Representatives, District 39, Precinct Captain 1998-2002
National Republican Lawyers Association, Georgia Chapter, Secretary 2002-2006, Treasurer 2006-2011, Chair 2011-Present
Atlanta Claims Association, Member, 1999-Present, General Counsel - 2010-Present
State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1986-Present, Local and Voluntary Bars Committee, 2012-present
Member of the Editorial Board for The Georgia Bar Journal, the publication of the State Bar of Georgia, 2015-present
Member of the Editorial Board of The Atlanta Lawyer Magazine, the publication of the Atlanta Bar Association, 2015-present

Publications

"Embedding Appellate Counsel in the Trial Team," DRI, For the Defense, October 2014 For full article click here.

"The Monkey's Paw and the Punitive Damages Cap," Case Metrix, September 2012

"ABA Tutorial Sides with Plantiff's Bar," McKnight's Long Term Care News, July 2009

"Advice from George Orwell Can Improve Your Writing in 2008," DRI, For the Defense, Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2008

Blueprint for Atlanta's Success: Problems and Solutions, A Collection of Essays, 2001. "Public Parking: An Untapped Resource" and "Childcare in the 21st Century: Will We be Ready"

Editorial Board and Contributor, Atlanta Bar Association Newsletter, 1995 - 1998

"The Layman's Lawyer," Production Committee, Georgia PBS Television, 1997 - 1998

Activities

Chair, Lawyers for Kemp, Secretary of State, 2009-2010
Co-Chair, Elect Kelly Lee, Superior Court Judge, 2007-2008 
Chair, Kingston for US Senate, Muscogee County, Georgia, 2013-2014

Speaking

Institute of Continuing Judicial Education, State of Georgia, Open Records Law, Statesboro, Georgia, June 2015
Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Georgia, Appellate Practice and Procedure, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2015
Appeared on WAIB's TV show Law & Society to discuss Long Term Care. Show aired March 2010

Awards

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell