Mark

Deaton

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700 Milam Street, Suite 2700
Houston, TX 77002-2806

Overview

Mark routinely represents clients in complex litigation involving commercial disputes and product liability in both state and federal courts. Mark’s litigation experience covers a broad group of industries, including transportation, oil and gas, brick-and-mortar retail, manufacturing and construction.

He counsels owners, contractors and other stakeholders in contract and construction defect matters; recent matters include electrical and mechanical issues in state university dormitories and welding issues in agricultural products handling facilities. Mark also has extensive experience representing a wide range of upstream and midstream oil and gas entities in commercial, title and personal injury disputes from both defense and plaintiff sides. For many years, Mark has represented heavy-equipment manufacturers on a variety of product defect, manufacturing, warning and negligence-related claims.

Prior to his legal career, Mark spent more than 15 years managing airline crews in the South of Tokyo, European and Indian markets and designing and delivering onboard security and safety curricula. He is committed to achieving practical business solutions with integrity while maintaining open and authentic communication with clients and colleagues. Having come to the practice of law after a career in the transportation industry, Mark recognizes corporate clients face many pressures in litigation, be they economic, governance, or public perception. Mark strives to provide thoughtful, creative counsel that exceeds the client’s expectations in order to build lasting relationships.

Mark currently serves as a member of Munsch Hardt's Diversity Committee and is a Co-Chair of the Firm’s Summer Associate Program.

Education

Admission

Achievements

  • Thomson Reuters – Texas Rising Stars (2018 - 2019)
  • Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Houston Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas

Overview

Mark routinely represents clients in complex litigation involving commercial disputes and product liability in both state and federal courts. Mark’s litigation experience covers a broad group of industries, including transportation, oil and gas, brick-and-mortar retail, manufacturing and construction.

He counsels owners, contractors and other stakeholders in contract and construction defect matters; recent matters include electrical and mechanical issues in state university dormitories and welding issues in agricultural products handling facilities. Mark also has extensive experience representing a wide range of upstream and midstream oil and gas entities in commercial, title and personal injury disputes from both defense and plaintiff sides. For many years, Mark has represented heavy-equipment manufacturers on a variety of product defect, manufacturing, warning and negligence-related claims.

Prior to his legal career, Mark spent more than 15 years managing airline crews in the South of Tokyo, European and Indian markets and designing and delivering onboard security and safety curricula. He is committed to achieving practical business solutions with integrity while maintaining open and authentic communication with clients and colleagues. Having come to the practice of law after a career in the transportation industry, Mark recognizes corporate clients face many pressures in litigation, be they economic, governance, or public perception. Mark strives to provide thoughtful, creative counsel that exceeds the client’s expectations in order to build lasting relationships.

Mark currently serves as a member of Munsch Hardt's Diversity Committee and is a Co-Chair of the Firm’s Summer Associate Program.

Experience

  • Products Liability Defense

    Assisted in successfully defending a leading manufacturer of personnel lifts in a products liability case in which, after a three week jury trial, the general contractor for the Baylor

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  • Products Liability Defense

    Successfully defended a leading manufacturer of construction lighting equipment in a products liability case, in which, after moving for summary judgment

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  • Construction Litigation

    Successfully defended HVAC subcontractor in condominium tower construction dispute by obtaining summary judgment that plaintiff homeowners were bound to waiver

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