Mark received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992, graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics in 1989, and joined the Columbus, Georgia, firm of Harp, Poydasheff, Post & Sowers in 2013.
Prior to joining the firm, Mark served for twenty years as an Assistant District Attorney and as a Chief Assistant District Attorney. He effectively handled more than 5000 cases as lead counsel which included receiving verdicts in more than 100 jury trials in Superior Court. He had a trial success rate of 98% over the last 13 years of his prosecutorial career and 89% overall as a prosecutor.
Mark has extensive experience in the field of complex litigation. For example, he successfully concluded murder cases with as many as six co-defendants; prosecuted financial crimes involving up to 1.2 million dollars; tried multiple co-defendant armed robbery and drug cases; and handled civil cases involving drug and civil asset forfeiture.
Mark is an effective appellate attorney. He personally prepared the legal briefs and arguments in over 50 cases that resulted in written appellate decisions from the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals. These decisions include nine published Georgia Supreme Court decisions in murder cases.
His practice as an attorney in Columbus, Georgia, and the surrounding area includes federal court and all Georgia state courts. Mark practices criminal defense including helping clients with DUI's, with misdemeanor and felony charges, and with appeals of matters initially handled by other attorneys. He also represents businesses and individuals in select civil litigation as either plaintiff or defendant; handles general legal matters such as expungements; and prepares wills and advance directives.
Mark is an AV Preeminent attorney as rated by Martindale-Hubbell and he is included in “Legal Leaders: Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015.” He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia; the Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia; and all other Georgia courts.
Licensed since 1993
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1993||06/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|“Legal Leaders: Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015.||ALM Legal Group||2015|
|“Legal Leaders: Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014.||ALM Legal Group||2014|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Partner||Harp, Poydasheff, Post, & Sowers||2013 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||Office of the District Attorney-Pataula Judicial Circuit||2009 - 2013|
|Assistant District Attorney & Chief Assistant District Attorney||Office of the District Attorney- Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit||1993 - 2008|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2013 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia, Criminal Law Section||Member||2013 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia, Appellate Practice Section||Member||2013 - Present|
|Farley v. State, 277 Ga. 622 (2004)||Won jury trial. Affirmed on appeal.|
|Baker v. State, 284 Ga. 537 (2008)||Won jury trial. Affirmed on appeal.|
|Powers v. State, 314 Ga. App. 733 (2012)||Won jury trial. Affirmed on appeal.|
|University of Georgia||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Emory University||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Georgia Law Update||Criminal Law Update: Topical Federal & State Privacy Cases; Search & Seizure Update||2014|
|Multiple speaking engagements during political campaign||Criminal Law||2012|