J.D. Mississippi College School of Law, May 1983
B.S., Millsaps College, May 1979
AV Preeminent rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Selected as "Best Attorneys in Texas" in 2015 and 2016 by Best Lawyers
Selected as "Top Rated Lawyer" in Litigation for 2015, Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for "The Best Lawyer in America" for Practice Area of Employment Law- Management in 2015, Martindale-Hubbell
Mark Simon is an A-V rated trial attorney who has represented clients ranging from public corporations and governmental entities to small start-up businesses. He primarily focuses his practice on employment issues, including: employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage-hour, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, ERISA and independent contractor litigation. Mark has defended management, and represented select individuals, before Federal and State Courts across the United States in all areas of employment law. Mark is skilled at counseling employers on a variety of human resource matters, such as employment agreements, handbooks, company policies and actions, employee complaints, and compliance with federal and state employment laws. Additionally, he assists employers to formulate effective strategies to address and resolve business problems, and has extensive experience in training employers and managers to recognize and deal effectively with day-to-day issues. Moreover, he has been lead trial attorney in cases involving contracts, deceptive trade practices, fraud, and other business disputes.
Successfully defended national fast food chain in numerous race, sex, national origin, and wrongful termination claims throughout the United States.
Defended national business machine company in ADEA case in which plaintiff was terminated as regional manager and replaced with younger individual. After initial six figure demand, case settled at mediation for two month's base salary.
National counsel for nation's largest retailer in over 300 of its ERISA denial of benefits cases throughout the United States.
Successfully defended national radio company in actions brought by other national radio companies in their efforts to enforce covenants not to compete for on air radio personalities.
Represented a multi-platinum recording artist in claim involving the alleged use of a copyright protected mural in a video that frequently appeared on MTV and similar music television networks.
Successfully defended national apparel manufacturer in a claim that alleged numerous violations of the Employee Polygraph Protection Act.
Successfully defended prior owners of travel agency in a lawsuit brought by purchaser of the agency alleging common law fraud and deceptive trade practices.
Successfully defended one of the nation's largest insurers in litigation involving a claim for disability benefits under ERISA. The suit was originally brought as a claim of interference with protected benefits.
Counsel in suit brought by investors and alleged numerous fiduciary breaches on the part of account sponsor. Ultimately obtained settlement on behalf of public retirement system including payment of attorney's fees.
Represented nation's largest franchisee of national motel chain in construction litigation matter against twelve defendants. Matter was successfully settled with client receiving and collecting damages and seven figure attorney's fee payment.
Negotiated terms of joint venture between client and German corporation resulting in formation of a third China manufacturing entity.
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