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June 27, 2015 | SEARCH

Mark S. Werbner

Sayles Werbner co-founder Mark S. Werbner is one of the nation’s most respected trial lawyers. His practice covers a broad range of law with an emphasis on complex business litigation, white-collar criminal defense, catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death cases. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in more than 150 trials heard by juries throughout Texas and across the United States. His ability to translate high-stakes, complex legal matters into easily understandable language has enabled him to achieve an extraordinary courtroom track record.

Mark’s courtroom accomplishments include some of the largest jury verdicts in the country, and his work has been widely recognized by both his peers and the press. He is lead 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 and other firm lawyers won a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a patent infringement case where the firm previously had won a judgment of more than $74 million. The original jury verdict of $63 million was recognized by Texas Lawyer newspaper as one of the Top 10 verdicts statewide in 2011. When the jury award later was vacated by a federal appeals court, Mark and fellow firm lawyers successfully appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court before presenting their winning argument.

In September 2012, Mark and fellow firm founder Dick Sayles successfully defended New York hedge fund Exis Capital Management in a multibillion-dollar fraud lawsuit. Mark’s work in the case helped Exis Capital earn complete dismissal of the claims on the eve of a scheduled six-week trial in New Jersey Superior Court, which spared his client from spending additional time and money in court.


Professional Activities and Honors:

Select News Media Appearances:

Presentations:
“Trial Skills Bootcamp – Cross Examination,” Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, June 2015

“Litigating Terror Financing” University of California Hastings School of Law, February 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

“Deposing and Cross-Examining Experts,” University of Texas School of Law “Damages Institute,” 2004

“Completing the Unfinished Picture – Soriano and the Problem of Having So Many Claims and So Little Coverage,” University of Texas School of Law “Insurance Law Institute,” 2004

“Trial Advocacy in Criminal Cases,” The Center for American and International Law, 2004

“Jury Selection in Medical Negligence Cases,” American Association for Justice, 2004

“Winning the Big Case,” Dallas Bar Association, 2003

Education:
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, cum laude, J.D. (1978)

The University of Texas, B.A. with High Honors (1975)

Admissions and Certifications:
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

State Bar of Texas

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

American Bar Association

Dallas Bar Association

Texas State District Courts

Related News:

US Supreme Court victory in patent infringement case
Liability verdict against Arab Bank in terrorism case
Multimillion-dollar hedge fund defense win

$63 million patent infringement verdict
Top 2011 Verdict
2011 Dallas Bar Association Trial Lawyer of the Year
Sayles Werbner secures multimillion-dollar verdict on behalf of law firm
Sayles Werbner earns rare Texas Supreme Court ruling

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