Mark Sparks

The Ferguson Law Firm
350 Pine Street
Suite 1440
Beaumont, TX 77701
(409) 832-9700
www.thefergusonlawfirm.com


Education

The University of Texas School of Law—Austin, Texas

JD December 1997, cum laude

Admitted to Bar May 1998

American Journal of Criminal Law—Chief Articles Editor

GPA:  3.58

Baylor University—Waco, Texas

            Bachelor of Arts 1995, summa cum laude

Major 1:  Political science

Major 2:  Philosophy

GPA: 4.0

            Licensed to Practice Law—Texas and California

Board Certified—Personal Injury Trial Law (December 31, 2009)

Honors

2018 Elected President of Jefferson County Bar Association

2017 Best Lawyers in America—Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

2017 Texas Super Lawyer— Personal Injury – Products: Plaintiff

2016 Texas Super Lawyer— Personal Injury – Products: Plaintiff

2015 Texas Super Lawyer—Personal Injury – Products: Plaintiff

2014 Texas Super Lawyer—International Law

2014 National Trial Lawyers—Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Civil)

2014 Board of Directors for the Jefferson County Bar Association (member and former officer)

2013 Texas Super Lawyer—International Law

2013 Jefferson County Mickey F. Mehaffy Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

2012 The National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 under 40” (Current Member)

2012 Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Rising Star – International Law

2011 Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Rising Star – International Law

AV Rating Achieved 2011—Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating

Eastern District of Texas Local Rules Advisory Committee—2008

2006 Texas Super Lawyer – Texas Rising Star – Personal Injury Trial law

Judge Joe J. Fisher Chief Judge Emeritus Endowed Presidential Law Scholarship

1996 Achievement Award for the Highest Achievement in the Study of

Constitutional Law II:  Civil Rights Survey

Phi Beta Kappa, 1995

Baylor University Richard D. Huff Distinguished Student in

Political Science, 1995

Baylor University Outstanding Student in Political Science—1994 and 1995

Pi Sigma Alpha, 1994 (National Political Science Honor Society)

Phi Sigma Tau, 1994 (International Honor Society in Philosophy)

Alpha Chi, 1994 (National College Honor Scholarship Society)

Kingston’s Review

Golden Key National Honor Society

Admitted to Practice

Texas State Courts 05/01/98

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas 12/22/98

Coushatta Tribal Court, Coushatta Indian Nation 11/05/01

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas 11/27/01

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas 05/06/03

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 02/28/06

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan 05/15/06

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 02/25/08

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals 03/05/10

California State Courts 05/12/14

United States District Court, Central

District of California 07/16/15

United States District Court, Eastern

District of California 11/17/15

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas 1/12/16

Experience

The Ferguson Law Firm, LLP—practice personal injury, products, contracts, medical malpractice, and insurance law, February 2018 to present

Mostyn Law Firm—practice personal injury, products, contracts, mass tort, and insurance law, February 2015 through February 2018

Provost « Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P.—practice personal injury, products, contracts, medical malpractice and international law, August 2000 through January 2015

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas—Law Clerk

for the Honorable Chief Judge Thad Heartfield, August 1998 to August 2000 (two-year clerkship) (phone: [409] 654-2860)

James Sparks, Jr. (Beaumont, Texas)—practiced family and criminal law, May 1998 to August 1998

Spivey & Ainsworth, PC (Austin, Texas)—law clerk and attorney, 1995-1998

University of Texas Criminal Defense Clinic, Summer of 1997 (Austin, Texas)—represented criminal defendants in Austin county courts (one trial, hearings, etc.)

Benckenstein, Oxford & Johnson Law Firm (Beaumont, Texas)—runner

Activities

Jefferson County Board of Directors

Jefferson County Bar Assn. Vice President—Elected 2013 (term 2014)

Jefferson County Bar Assn. Treasurer—Elected 2012 (term 2013)

Jefferson County Bar Assn.—Bar Journal Editorial Committee (2006    to present)

Jefferson County Young Lawyer’s Association Board of Directors—

Two Terms (2004 to 2006)

Jefferson County Pro Bono Committee Member

Jefferson County Pro Bono Program (pro bono divorce cases always active)

High School Mock Trial Coach—Monsignor Kelly High School (2005 to present)

Baylor University summer study in Paris (lived in Paris summer of 1994)

Baylor University Philosophy Club

Associations

Jefferson County Bar Association

Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association

American Bar Association

Inter-American Bar Association

Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers

Publications

Mark Sparks, Illicit Drug Trafficking Around The World, 24 Am.J.Crim.l.203 (1996) (Reviewing Observatoire Geopolitique des Drogues, The Geopolitics of Drugs)

Mark Sparks, The Cite StuffThe Advocate, (2002)

Mark Sparks, There Is Absolutely No Solid Precedent For American Legal Precedent—And It’s Unamerican To Adhere To Any Precedent At All, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol.1, Issue 4, 4th Qtr. (2005)

Mark Sparks, Current Developments And Trends In Texas Privilege Law, Jefferson County Bar Association CLE seminar and Speech, December 1, 2006

Mark Sparks, Thailand Is Better Than The United States, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 4, 4th Qtr.(2007)

Mark Sparks and Henry Dahl, Procedural Law. A Texas Overview and a Comparative Analysis, 7 Inter-American Bar Association Law Review (2008)

Mark Sparks, The Marriage Myth, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 4, Issues 3 and 4, 1st Qtr. (2009)

Mark Sparks, Guantanabomination, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 1st Qtr. (2009)

Mark Sparks, I’m Un-American, You’re Un-American, What Were We Talking About?, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 3, 3rd Qtr. (2009)

Mark Sparks, National Adoption Day Successfully Prevents Sparks From Writing About Religion, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 4, 4th Qtr. (2009)

Mark Sparks, The Second Big Oil Gamble, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 3, 3rd Qtr. (2010)

Mark Sparks, I Got Your Mandate Right Here, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 4, 4th Qtr. (2010)

Mark Sparks, Standard and Poor’s The Triple A—Hole Creat-ures, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 4, 1st Qtr. (2012)

Mark Sparks, Hail to the Philanderer in Chief, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 3rd Qtr. (2012)

Mark Sparks, Mock Trial Kids Saved Me...Not My French I Forgot, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 3rd Qtr. (2012)

Mark Sparks, The Obamacare Opinion...A Tax Is a Tax, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 8, Issue 3, 4th Qtr. (2012)

Mark Sparks, If You Are A White Male In a Militia, Then You Have a Second Amendment Right to a Flintlock Gun—Not an AR-15, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 1st Qtr. (2013)

Mark Sparks, Stupid Words, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 1st Qtr. (2014)

Mark Sparks, The Peshmerga Strategy, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, 4th Qtr. (2015)

Mark Sparks, The Fraud of Voter Fraud, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 4 3rd Qtr. (2017)

Mark Sparks, Celebrate Pro Bono Week a Success, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 4 3rd Qtr. (2017)

Mark Sparks, Your Property Has the Right to Remain Seized, But You May Go, Vol. 13, Issue 4, 1st Qtr. (2018)

Speeches

Ethics CLE speaker, January 15, 2013 – Legal Missteps, Jefferson County Bar Association.

Ethics CLE speaker, February 22, 2013 – Casino Social, Jefferson County Young Lawyer’s Association.

Personal Injury speaker, March 22, 2013 – WTF? (What the forms?), Jefferson County Bar Association.

Ethics CLE speaker, June 14, 2013 – Ethics, Grievances, and Judges, Orange County Bar Association.

Ethics, CLE moderator, February 18, 2014 – Ethics Extravaganza Repeat:  Why Aren’t All of You Ethical Yet? Jefferson County Bar Association.

Ethics, CLE speaker, March 21, 2014 – Expedited Trial and Arguing Damages, Jefferson County Bar Association

Ethics, CLE speaker, April 11, 2014 – Southeast Texas Association of Paralegals Annual Spring Seminar.

Personal Injury speaker and moderator, April 13, 2018 – Car Wreck CLE, Jefferson County Bar Association.