The Nashville Business Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos for its 2016 “Best of the Bar” award list. The NBJ list (subscription) includes a select group of Nashville attorneys who are each noteworthy in their respective fields. Attorneys are nominated and ranked by their peers with categories based on firm size (small, medium, large, and corporate counsel).
“Mark’s years of fighting on behalf of Tennesseans and others against wrongdoers who have done them harm is truly remarkable,” said Lieff Cabraser Managing Partner Steven E. Fineman. “We are proud of his work and appreciate the recognition from the Nashville legal community and The Nashville Business Journal.”
Mark was recognized on the NBJ Best of the Bar list from 2008 through 2010, and in 2015 as well.
About Mark Chalos
The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’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 ($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 by meningitis 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 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. On the national level, in the summer of 2015, Mark was appointed Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Public Education Committee and Member of the AAJ Public Affairs Committee. In 2016, Mark was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The organization is dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law and membership is limited to 1% of attorneys in each state.
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 and issues of the day for trusted online legal publications and organizations. He 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., and is on the Law360 Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board, providing feedback on Law360’s news coverage of the legal world, including case updates, policy developments, attorney information, litigation facts, and trends in various industries.
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 sportscaster Erin Andrews in a Nashville hotel by another hotel guest and distributed on the internet. The jury returned a $55 million verdict for Ms. Andrews, which was later superseded by a confidential settlement.
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.