The American Bar Foundation is a national research organization dedicated to the empirical study of law. The Fellows are “attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.”
The organization is dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal processes, and the law’s impact on our society. Its findings are published regularly in a variety of sources including legal journals and law reviews. Established in the 1950s, membership is limited to the top 1% lawyers in each state and based on peer nomination and election by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.
“Being named an American Bar Foundation Fellow speaks to Mark’s long term dedication and support of the science of the law and its effects on American society,” said Lieff Cabraser Managing Partner Steven Fineman. “We are extremely proud of this achievement for Mark and for Lieff Cabraser.”
About Mark P. Chalos
The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein’s Nashville office, Mark is a top litigator working on complex civil cases in federal courts in Tennessee and across the United States. Mark represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died because of the negligence or misconduct of others.
Over the past 18 years in practice, Mark has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct, including the representation of 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room (achieving a $1.28 million jury verdict) and of 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 whose company was ruined by the wrongful conduct of a key supplier.
Mark currently serves in a court-appointed national leadership role on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on behalf of Tennessee patients killed or left permanently injured following epidural steroid injections administered from contaminated medication manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in 2012. More than 14,000 patients across the U.S. were injected with the contaminated medication, a treatment designed to relieve back pain, which led to a widespread outbreak of potentially fatal fungal meningitis.
An active member of the legal community, Mark serves as Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Public Education Committee and Member of the AAJ Public Affairs Committee. The Public Education Committee works on initiatives promoting knowledge of America’s civil justice system and trial bar mission. The Public Affairs Committee gives advice on policy options, tactics, and strategies with regard to trial lawyer matters on the national level.
Mark and his co-authors recently updated their acclaimed book, Litigating International Torts In United States Courts (Thomson Reuters West, 2015 ed.), a practical resource for legal practitioners and judges. Mark also regularly blogs on legal issues of the day for trusted online legal publications and organizations.
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, The Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, CBS This Morning, and MSNBC. Recently, Mark acted as legal analyst for a series of articles in The Tennessean regarding a nationally-significant privacy trial based on illegal videos taken of a woman in a Nashville hotel by another hotel guest and distributed on the internet, leading to a $55 million jury verdict for the plaintiff.
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.” Recently, Mark was named to the “Top 100: 2015 Tennessee Super Lawyers,” a distinction for attorneys with the highest evaluations statewide. Mark was listed as one of Nashville Post’s lawyers “In Charge” in 2016. Mark was also named to the 2016 Outstanding Lawyers list in the category of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions by The Best Lawyers in America, a legal peer-review publication which rates lawyers nationwide.
About Lieff Cabraser
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is a sixty-five attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville. We are among the largest law firms in the United States that only represent plaintiffs.
Since our founding in 1972, Lieff Cabraser has litigated and resolved hundreds of class action lawsuits and thousands of individual cases. We have played a significant role in achieving verdicts and settlements valued at $100 million or greater in 66 separate cases, including 25 cases in excess of $1 billion. Many of these cases are among the most significant civil cases in the United States over the past quarter century.
A strong, principled sense of social responsibility drives us. We are committed to achieving justice for investors, consumers, employees, patients, and business owners; promoting safer products and fair competition; protecting our environment; assisting individuals blow the whistle on fraud; safeguarding the rights of patent and copyright holders; ensuring our right to privacy is preserved; and upholding the civil rights of citizens worldwide.