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Mark P. Chalos
Partner, Nashville Office
615 313-9000

Richard M. Heimann

The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark P. Chalos is a top litigator working on complex civil cases in Tennessee and across the United States. Mark represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries, as well as consumers, businesses, and municipalities that have been defrauded.

Over the past 24 years in practice, Mark has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in jury verdicts, arbitration rulings, and settlements for his clients.

To help fight the opioids catastrophe that has devastated communities across America, Mark represents states, large and small counties, cities, Native American tribes, and health benefit providers in litigation that seeks to make our communities safer. In connection with the firm’s court-appointed leadership role in the national opioids litigation, Mark serves on the team presenting the historic first trials in the litigation. Mark has also been interviewed by various national media outlets regarding the fight to keep our families and communities safe from the opioids catastrophe.

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  • 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
  • Tennessee, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2022
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2012
  • 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
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (Past-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-Chair, Board of Directors)
  • Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association (President)
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Nashville Cares (Past Member, Board of Directors)
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Innocence Project (Board of Directors)
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (President, Board of Directors)
  • Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Grant Review Panelist)
  • Speaker, “The Death of Mass Torts? J&J Talc Bankruptcy & Other Updates/Southern Baptist Convention church sex abuse cases,”  Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, June 2022
  • Panelist, “State of the Settlements, Bellwethers, and Settlement Design Innovations,” Georgetown Law School Virtual Opioid Litigation Summit, September 2021
  • “Why fair trials are important to the American legal system,” Tennessean, January 2020
  • Litigating International Torts in United States Courts, 2015 ed., Thomas Reuters/West, 2015
  • “Supreme Court Limits The Reach of Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel,” Legal Solutions Blog, April 2013 My link
  • “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
  • 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,” 2012-2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2019-2022
  • “Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation,” Southeast, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • “Outstanding Private Practice Antitrust Achievement,” American Antitrust Institute, 2020
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers,” 2019
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow, 2016
  • “Super Lawyer for Mid-South,” Super Lawyers, 2011-2019
  • “Best of the Bar,” Nashville Business Journal, 2008-2010, 2015-2017
  • “Tennessee Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2013 – 2015
  • “Rising Star for Mid-South,” Super Lawyers, 2008-2010
  • “Top 40 Under 40,” The Tennessean, 2004