Mark L. Clark


 New Orleans, Houston


Mark Clark is a partner in Burleson’s Litigation group and focuses his practice in civil defense litigation and arbitration. He is licensed in four Gulf Coast states, extending the firm’s reach to its clients across the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr. Clark’s practice focuses on self-insured tort, products, maritime, environmental, personal injury, insurance coverage, employer's liability and breach of contract claims. Additionally, he has broad experience in a wide variety of energy exploration and development disputes in both offshore and onshore environments.

During a career that spans more than two decades, Mr. Clark has successfully navigated hundreds of complex lawsuits to favorable and efficient resolution for his clients.   Starting out from law school, he tried more than 40 jury trials as a prosecutor in Harris County, Texas.  He then led prosecutors through dozens of jury trials as chief prosecutor.

His leadership skills were further developed when he served for eight years as managing shareholder of the New Orleans office of a well-known litigation firm.  During his time there, he led a team of litigators through hundreds of claims, securing successful and efficient resolutions for an array of clients.

In addition to having extensive experience in state and federal litigation, Mr. Clark has a background in arbitrating domestic and international matters in a variety of disputes, including construction, maritime contract claims, and insurance coverage issues.  He has examined hundreds of insurance policies and is well versed in all forms of general liability, property, energy, pollution, all-risk, excess, bumbershoot, and maritime policies, including hull, collision and P&I disputes.  His insurance knowledge helps to give the firm’s clients the best possible outcome in complex matters involving intricate insurance coverage issues.

He frequently serves as a CLE speaker and as a CE speaker to private clients and trade organizations. He has also served as a special invitation speaker before the International Association of Asbestos and Pollution Re Insurers, in Cologne, Germany.


  • South Texas College of Law
    (J.D., 1993)
  • Abilene Christian University
    (B.S. Political Science, 1990)


  • Alabama, 2014
  • Mississippi, 2007
  • Louisiana, 2007
  • Texas, 1994


  • A Primer on Defense and Indemnity Obligations in Gulf Coast Oil Exploration Matters, presented to multiple private client groups in 2014 and as a Webinar to a national audience of energy companies, February 2015
  • The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit, presented to the National Bar Institute, November 21, 2014
  • Louisiana Evidence: Understanding the proper way to authenticate and challenge exhibits and expert testimony under the Rules of Civil Procedure, presented at the National Business Institute, New Orleans, November 2014
  • Practical Application of the “Big Six” to Real-World Courtroom Events, presented at the National Business Institute Seminar, New Orleans, November 2014
  • Lodwick v. Chevron: The Impact on Limited Pollution Buyback Endorsements, presented December 5, 2013 to the International Association of Asbestos and Pollution Insurers in Cologne, Germany
  • Legacy Oilfield Pollution Claims, Charles Taylor Adjusting, London, England, September 2013
  • Primer on Maritime Remedies; Canopius Underwriting and Claims, London, England, September 2013
  • Defense, Indemnity and Additional Insured Issues in the BP Oil Spill, Private Client CE; May and August 2013
  • Advanced Uninsured/ Underinsured Motorist Law; National Business Institute, August 2013
  • Handling Complex Auto Insurance Coverage Disputes; National Business Institute, December 2012
  • Litigating Uninsured Motorist Claims in Louisiana; National Business Institute CE; New Orleans Louisiana, August 2011
  • Litigating Louisiana Bad Faith Claims; National Business Institute CE; New Orleans, Louisiana – Presented 4 times: March 2010, August 2011; and April 2011, December 2013
  • Special Challenges of Immigration in Workers Compensation Matters; CEU Institute; Dallas, Texas, March 2011
  • Medicare and its Interests in Longshore Settlements: Presented to ESIS Claims Unit; September 2010
  • Mississippi Workers’ Compensation, Presented to ACE USA, January 2010
  • Remedies Under the Longshore Act; Presented to American Longshore Mutual Association, July 2009
  • The Jones Act and Maritime Remedies; Presented to Private Client, June 2008
  • Application of DOT Regulations in Trucking Litigation, Lohrman Education Services, March 2008
  • Primer on Maritime Personal Injury, Presented to Private Client, July 2006
  • Trials and Tribulations: Claims Investigations, Privileges and Surprises, Claims Association, presented February 6, 2005
  • Practical Advice on Workers’ Compensation and Employment Issues: presented on May 20, 2005 to School District Administrators
  • Advanced Topics in Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law: Lohrman Education Services, Houston, Texas December 2004


  • Life Fellow, Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Lakewood Property Owners Association—President

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