Mark is known for handling numerous high-profile and complicated appeals - an area of practice that requiring unique skills not often associated with the typical trial lawyer. He has written more than 500 state and federal appellate briefs and has won in all five Louisiana appellate courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the United States Federal Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He has represented clients in criminal matters, business law, family law, personal injury, community property law, property law, and contract law.
Mark has been a chief indigent defender, a judge, and also is an adjunct college instructor of business law. Mark also teaches continuing education for attorneys and has guest lectured at local law schools.
Mark just doesn't have experience, but he has the right experience.
Deconstructing legal theory and writing logical and clear briefs requires a dedicated practice. Mark's first career in journalism provided him a great foundation. Success as a reporter, editor, and publisher is a matter of gathering facts and screening for truth with the goal of communicating a message that can be understood. Also is the ability to handle volumes of information. With appellate records ranging in size from one volume to often more than a dozen, it is critical that the appellate attorney have the ability to hone in to the important information quickly and then produce a brief is clear and concise, a brief where clarity is key.
|LA||Eligible to Practice Law||1994||04/13/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top Lawyers||Acadiana Profile Magazine||2016|
|Attorney||Plaisance Law LLC||1994 - Present|
|Judge||Baker City Court||2003 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|LaFourche Parish Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Louisiana State Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Baton Rouge Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Fifth Circuit Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Admitted to Practice||N/A|
|Baton Rouge Bar Association publication||Authentic Act Requires Physical Presence of Notary in Witness||2016|
|Baton Rouge Bar Association publication||Around the Bar||N/A|
|Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Nicholls State University||A.S.||N/A|
|Nicholls State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|2016 Homicide Seminar||Guest Speaker||2016|
|LaFourche Parish Bar Association||Civil Law Recent Developments||2015|
|LaFourche Parish Bar Association||Civil Law Recent Developments||2014|
|Baton Rouge Bar Association||Appellate Practice||2014|
|Baton Rouge Bar Association||Appellate Writing||2013|
|EBR Office of Public Defender||Current Topics in Criminal Law||2013|
|EBR Office of Public Defender||Ethical Representation||2011|
|LaFourche Parish Bar Association||Professionalism of Lawyering||2010|
|Baton Rouge Bar Association||Ethics||2004|
|Montgomery v. Louisiana, 136 S.Ct. 718||6-3 in favor of Henry Montgomery|