Mark S. Werbner

Mark S. Werbner

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Mark S. Werbner

Mark S. Werbner is considered by his peers to be one of the nation’s most accomplished trial lawyers. He has extensive courtroom experience, having tried more than 150 jury cases across a broad range of areas throughout Texas and the United States. Helping businesses as well as individuals, Mark’s focus is on complex business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. 

Mark remembers the many times he has stood in a courtroom with his client before a verdict is read, and he understands what an important moment that is in a person’s life. As both a trial lawyer and counselor, he sees it as his job to listen to potential clients, to learn as much about their situation as he can, and then to show what he can do to help them.

Practice Areas:  Business Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, Healthcare Fraud, Securities & Financial Fraud

Representative Cases

Mark’s courtroom accomplishments include some of the largest jury verdicts in the country, and his work has been widely recognized by both his colleagues and the press. He is lead co-counsel for Terror Victims v. Arab Bank, a groundbreaking international terrorism lawsuit that has been featured on the Fox News Channel, Court TV, The Wall Street Journal, and other national and international media. In 2014, Mark helped convince a New York federal jury to issue liability findings against Arab Bank, clearing the way for a financial damages trial. The verdict represented the first time in U.S. history that a foreign bank has been found liable for materially supporting terrorism.

In May 2015, Mark argued and won a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a patent infringement case where the firm previously had won a sizable judgment. The original jury verdict was recognized by VerdictSearch and Texas Lawyer newspaper as one of the top 10 verdicts statewide in 2011. 

In October 2017 Mark returned to the U.S. Supreme Court, as it considered whether corporations could face liability for violating the Alien Tort Statute in Jesner v. Arab Bank.

Honors And Awards

Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Dallas/Fort Worth, 2018
Top 10 Super Lawyers in Texas by Thomson Reuters in 2017
Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice, 2016
Best Lawyers in America for White Collar Criminal Defense in 2018 
Tier 1 Ranking of Best Law Firms by U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2017
Recognized as one of the nation’s Top Commercial Litigation Attorneys by Benchmark Litigation, 2018
Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only national legal organization
Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation

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Professional Background

Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Education

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude
The University of Texas, B.A. with High Honors 

Speaking Engagements

“Litle v. Arab Bank,” Waco and College Station ABOTA Judicial Dinner November 2017
“Winning the Hard Cases,” Dallas Bar Association, 2017
“Trial Skills Bootcamp – Cross Examination,” Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, June 2015
“Litigating Terror Financing,” University of California Hastings School of Law, Feb. 2015
“Cross-Examination in a Criminal Case,” 6th Annual Criminal Defense Trial Skills & Trial Law Program presented by The Center for American and International Law, 2010