Mark P. Chalos

Mark P. Chalos

Nashville, Tennessee

A Trial Attorney for the Injured

The managing partner of our Nashville office, Mark P. Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. Mark has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.

Through jury trials, he has held wrong-doers accountable, including representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). Mark also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.

Mark has been appointed to leadership roles in numerous complex civil proceedings, including: Co-Lead MDL Counsel In re Whirlpool Front Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2001 (N.D. Ohio); Plaintiffs Steering Committee, Federal/State Litigation Liaison, in In re New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation (fungal meningitis/infections), MDL 2419 (D. Mass); Plaintiffs Steering Committee and Co-Chair Plaintiffs Expert Committee in In re Navistar Diesel Engine Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2223 (N.D. Ill); and Plaintiffs Steering Committee in In re Ford Switch Fire Litigation, Texas state MDL, Travis County, Texas, Cause No. D-1-GN-08-000901. He also represents clients in many centralized litigations across the country.

An active member of the legal community, Mark has served on the Tennessee Association for Justice Board of Directors, Tennessee Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee (Co-Chair), Nashville Bar Association YLD Board of Directors, and the Editorial Board of the Nashville Bar Journal.

In 2012, Mark co-authored a book, Litigating International Torts In United States Courts (Thomson Reuters West, 2013 ed.), a practical resource for legal practitioners and judges. Mark has also published a number of articles in journals, including articles in the national publications TRIAL Magazine and The Trial Lawyer on holding foreign companies accountable for injuries they cause in the U.S.

Mark is a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics. He has also been cited by top-tier media outlets including The New York Times, Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, CBS This Morning, and MSNBC.

Mark has been named among The Best Lawyers in America, "Mid-South Super Lawyers," "Nashville's Best Lawyers," and Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar."

Areas of Practice

Areas of Practice

  • Consumer Protection
  • Defective Products
  • Personal Injury


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Award for Highest Grade, Admiralty Law
    • Law Review: Emory International Law Review, Research Editor
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • B.A. - 1995
Bar Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2002
Professional Associations and Memberships

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Past-Chair, YLD Criminal & Juvenile Justice Committee; Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Professionalism Committee)
  • American Association for Justice (Chair, Public Education Committee, 2015)
  • First Center for the Visual Arts (Founding Member; Young Professionals Program)
  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
  • Historic Belcourt Theatre (Past Board Chair; Board of Directors)
  • Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association (President)
  • Nashville Bar Association (YLD Board of Directors; YLD Continuing Legal Education and Professional Development Director)
  • Nashville Bar Journal (Editorial Board)
  • Nashville Cares (Board of Directors)
  • Tennessee Bar Association (Continuing Legal Education Committee)
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors)
  • Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Grant Review Panelist)
  • Tennessee Association for Justice (Board of Directors, 2008 - 2011; Legislative Committee)
Published Works

Published Works

  • "Supreme Court Limits The Reach of Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel," Legal Solutions Blog, April 2013
  • "The Rise of Bellwether Trials," Legal Solutions Blog, March 2013
  • "Amgen: The Supreme Court Refuses to Erect New Class Action Bar," Legal Solutions Blog, March 2013
  • "Are International Wrongdoers Above the Law?" The Trial Lawyer Magazine, January 2013
  • "Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum: Supreme Court to Decide Role of US Courts Abroad," ABA Journal, January 2013
  • "Legislation Protects the Gulity [in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak]," Tennessean, December 2012
  • Litigating International Torts in United States Courts, 2012 ed., Thomas Reuters/West, 2012
  • "Successfully Suing Foreign Manufacturers," TRIAL Magazine, November 2008
  • "Washington Regulators Versus American Juries: The United States Supreme Court Shifts the Balance in Riegel v. Medtronic," Nashville Bar Journal, 2008
  • "Washington Bureaucrats Taking Over American Justice System,", December 2007
  • "The End of Meaningful Punitive Damages," Nashville Bar Journal, November 2001
  • "Is Civility Dead?" Nashville Bar Journal, October 2003
  • "The FCC: The Constitution, Censorship, and a Celebrity Breast," Nashville Bar Journal, April 2005
Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in fields of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs,” 2012-2016
  • “Tennessee Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2013 - 2015
  • “Top 100 in Tennessee,” Super Lawyers, 2015
  • “Super Lawyer for Mid-South,” Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2015
  • “Best of the Bar,” Nashville Business Journal, 2008-2010, 2015
  • “Rising Star for Mid-South,” Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2010
  • “Top 40 Under 40,” The Tennessean, 2004

"One of the nation's premier plaintiffs' firms." American Lawyer

"Representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs' bar." The National Law Journal