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)

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, recognized in 2016 as one of the top 100 lawyers in Houston by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, has been involved in many high profile cases in Texas, recently serving as lead counsel at trial and on appeal for a coalition of 88 school districts in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school finance system. His list of major accomplishments for clients include:

  • Obtaining a summary judgment in a False Claims Act case in which the plaintiffs had sought $266 billion in damages against a major oil company
  • Successfully defending a Fifth Circuit appeal of a $3.6 billion bankruptcy plan of reorganization
  • Obtaining a reversal in the Texas Supreme Court of a $14 million products liability judgment
  • Successfully resolving a prior school finance lawsuit that resulted in an infusion of more than $2 billion for public schools in Texas

Mark heads the firm’s Houston office as its administrative partner. He is also a partner in the firm’s appellate section and is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mark serves by appointment on the Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association and was selected as a member of the American Law Institute. He has been 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, 2013-2016; a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2013-2017; and was profiled in the cover article of the 2010 Texas Super Lawyers magazine - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters.

Mark also is a leader in the bar and in his community. He serves as chair of the Appellate Subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. He is the vice-chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Houston Bar Association. Outside the office, Mark serves as a vice-chair of the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League and on its National Civil Rights Committee.

Mark also writes and speaks prolifically on a wide variety of topics, with a recent focus on arbitration issues, oil and gas law, and Texas Supreme Court trends. In the last year alone, he has spoken before the State Bar’s Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, the State Bar’s Advanced Personal Injury Course, the University of Texas School of Law’s Annual Conference on State and Federal Appeals, the Houston Bar Association’s Appellate Section, and the Association of Corporate Counsel (Houston chapter).

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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Honors

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Solid Showing on 2016 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listings, highlighting 61 firm lawyers, with three celebrating 10 years on the list.


Published by Thomson Reuters, September 2016

Professional and Community Activities

  • Chair, Appellate Subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section
  • Vice-Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association
  • Member, American Law Institute (ALI)
  • 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 

Selected Publications and Speeches

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Appellate and Commercial Litigation (2016-2017)
  • Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in Houston by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2013-2016)
  • 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 (2013-2017)
  • 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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