Mark Trachtenberg

Practices

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Yale Law School, 1998, Editor, Yale Law Journal

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1994, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

  • Law Clerk, the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas (1998-99)

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Profile

Mark Trachtenberg's ability to craft a "big picture" legal strategy from the inception of litigation through the final appeal has led to his involvement in some of the most complex and high-stakes litigation in the state, including the disposition on summary judgment of a False Claims Act case in which the plaintiffs had sought $266 billion in damages against a major oil company, the successful defense of an appeal of a $3.6 billion bankruptcy plan of reorganization in the Fifth Circuit, and challenges to the Texas school finance system.

Mark, a partner in the firm’s Appellate section, is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Appellate and Commercial Litigation, 2016; named a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, in appellate law, 2013-2015; a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2013-2014; and was profiled in the cover article of the 2010 Texas Super Lawyers magazine - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters. He is proud to have been selected as a member of the American Law Institute, and to serve by appointment on the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association.

Mark has helped his clients achieve a successful resolution of their cases in a wide range of appellate matters, including in the areas of bankruptcy, oil and gas, products liability, consumer class actions, arbitration-related appeals, and other business litigation.

Mark heads the Houston office of the firm as its Administrative Partner. He also is extensively involved in bar work. For the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, he serves as the Chair of Appellate Subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee. For the Houston Bar Association, he serves as an officer of the Appellate Practice Section. In addition to his bar service, Mark writes and speaks on a wide variety of topics, with a recent focus on arbitration issues and oil and gas law.

Outside the office, Mark devotes much of his volunteer time to the Anti-Defamation League, where he serves as a Vice-Chair of the Southwest Region and on its National Civil Rights Committee.

Selected Publications and Speeches

Recognition

Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2017

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 108 Haynes and Boone lawyers across more than 50 practice areas in the 2017 edition.


Published by Woodward/White, Inc., August 2017

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Professional and Community Activities

  • Chair, Appellate Subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law
  • Officer of the Appellate Practice Section of the Houston Bar Association
  • Board member, The Houston Lawyer editorial board (2005-2011)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Young Leader, United Way of Greater Houston
  • Frequent speaker at State Bar and Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education programs, on a variety of topics, including arbitration-related litigation, the Texas Supreme Court, school finance litigation, and oil and gas law
  • Vice Chair, Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region
  • Special Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline 
Law 360

Mark Trachtenberg in Law360: Top Texas Supreme Court Cases Of 2016 - Midyear Report

In this term, the Texas Supreme Court made it clear that cities can’t step into the shoes of state environmental regulators, cemented a line of reasoning that treats groundwater like oil and gas and raised the bar for scuttling an arbitration award as the court cleared its plate of argued cases.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Appellate and Commercial Litigation, 2016
  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Member, American Law Institute (ALI)
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2013-2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters (2004-2013)
  • Named a Future Star in Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (2013-2016)
  • Profiled in cover article of 2010 Texas Super Lawyers magazine - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters (2010)
  • Named as a Top Lawyer in Houston by H Texas magazine, H Texas Partners (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Named a "Top Professional on the Fast Track" (2005) and a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" (2004) by H Texas magazine, H Texas Partners

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