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Mark Pierce

Attorney at Thomas J. Henry Law's Austin Office

Mr. Mark Pierce is a board-certified trial attorney from Wichita Falls, Texas with 40 years of legal experience.

Throughout the course of his extensive career, Mr. Pierce has maintained an AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected to Texas Super Lawyers in Aviation Law each year from 2011 to 2019.

Mr. Pierce received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

During his career as a lawyer, Mr. Pierce has also worked a professional instructor pilot, giving him a unique understanding of cases involving airplane and helicopter crashes. He has served as first-chair attorney in more than 80 jury trials and has personally handled all manner of personal injury cases as well as matters dealing with deceptive trade practices, consumer fraud, workers’ compensation, and real estate litigation. Mr. Pierce also formerly served as Special Prosecutor for the 34th Judicial District of Texas.

Mr. Pierce joined Thomas J. Henry’s Senior Litigation team in 2020 and currently represents clients involved in some of the firm’s most complex commercial cases. He is also a mentor to the firm’s junior attorneys, sharing both his legal expertise and his deep understanding of client communication and satisfaction. Mr. Pierce is a skillful communicator, having spoken frequently at legal seminars throughout Texas and across the United States.

Outside of the office, Mr. Pierce remains an active aviator, holding a commercial pilot license (multi-engine rated), and is an FAA-certified flight instructor. El Paso residents may also remember Mr. Pierce as a former radio talk show host with KTSM 690.

PRACTICE AREAS

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

PUBLICATIONS

  • Articles:
    • The Seven Communication Secrets of Trial Lawyers, The Toastmaster magazine, September 2003
  • Papers:
    • The Pilot-Controller Relationship – Assessing Comparative Responsibility in General Aviation Crashes
    • Transactions Gone Bad: Litigation Between Buyers and Sellers of Aircraft
    • Is Your Pilot Legal and Safe?
  • Presentations:
    • “High Lift/Low Drag: Streamlining Your Aviation Case for Trial,” (Aviation Law Section, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, March 2019; and Aviation Section, American Association for Justice, San Diego, California, July 2019)
    • “Finding that Elusive ‘Impartial Juror’ in Voir Dire,” (Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas, February 2019)
    • “The Theme is the Thing: Framing Your Case at Trial” (Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas, May 2018)
    • “Buying and Selling Private Aircraft: What Could Go Wrong?” (State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas, March 2017)
    • “Closing Strong: Converting your Earned Trust into a Just Verdict” (Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas, December 2016)
    • “Jury Selection: Finding the Elusive ‘Impartial Juror’” (Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas, April 2016)
    • “Open Wide: Using Opening Statements for Maximum Effect” (Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas, January 2016)
    • “Talk to Me: Jury Selection in State and Federal Courts” (Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas, October 2015)
    • “Marshalling Evidence” (Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Basic Litigation Training, March 2015)
    • “Commercial Aviation and Human Factors Issues: Pilot Discipline and the Safety Culture” (American Association for Justice Annual Convention, July 2014)
    • “Human Factors in the Cockpit – Breaking Glass” (State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting – Aviation Section CLE, June 2014)
    • “Automation Addiction and Pilot Training” (American Bar Association, Aviation Litigation National Institute, June 2014)
    • “How to Ask For and Get Damages with Conservative Juries” (Texas Trial Lawyers Association, February, 2014)
    • “Demographics are for Dummies: New Ideas for Influencing Jurors” (Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, July 2013)
    • “Closing Strong: Turning a Good Case into a Great Verdict” (El Paso County Trial Lawyers Association, January 2013; Odessa Trial Lawyers Association, March 2013; Lubbock Trial Lawyers Association, April 2013)
    • “How to Ask For and Get Damages with Conservative Juries” (Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, January 2013)
    • “Government Documents and Witnesses: Using FOIA and Touhy in Aviation Litigation” (SMU Air Law Symposium, March 2012)
    • “What You Should Know about Airplane and Helicopter Crashes” (El Paso, Texas, October 2008)
    • “Effective Strategies for Growing and Adapting Your Practice” (University of Texas Litigation Symposium, October 2008)
    • “The Pilot-Controller Relationship: Assessing Comparative Responsibility in General Aviation Crashes” (American Association for Justice, Philadelphia, PA, July 2008)

CERTIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board Certified-Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate-level member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, President (2015-2016)
  • Chair for the Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (2017-2018)
  • Chair for the Aviation Section of the American Association for Justice (2015-2016)
  • El Paso Trial Lawyers Association, former-President (two-terms)
  • El Paso Bar Association, former-chair of the Consumer Law Committee
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, former-member, Board of Directors
  • Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court (Community Outreach chair 2017-2019; Mentorship chair 2019-2020)
  • National Association of Flight Instructors
  • Society of Aviation and Flight Educators
  • Texas Aviation Association

EDUCATION

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas (J.D.)
    • Honors
  • The University of Texas, Austin, Texas (B.A.)
    • High Honors

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