The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark P. Chalos is a top litigator working on complex civil cases in federal courts in Tennessee and across the United States. Mark represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died because of the negligence or misconduct of others.
Over the past 20 years in practice, Mark has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct, including the representation of 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room (achieving a $1.28 million jury verdict) and of a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). Mark also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client whose company was ruined by the wrongful conduct of a key supplier.
To help fight the opioids catastrophe that has devastated communities across America, Mark represents large and small counties, cities, Native American tribes, and health benefit providers in litigation that seeks to make our communities safer. In connection with the firm’s court-appointed leadership role in the national opioids litigation, Mark has been selected to serve on the team preparing for the historic first trials in the litigation. Mark has also been interviewed by various national media outlets regarding the fight to keep our families and communities safe from the opioids catastrophe.
Mark has served in a court-appointed national leadership role on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on behalf of Tennessee patients killed or left permanently injured following epidural steroid injections administered from contaminated medication manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in 2012. More than 14,000 patients across the U.S. were injected with the contaminated medication, a treatment designed to relieve back pain, which led to a widespread outbreak of potentially fatal fungal meningitis. In addition to serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the NECC multidistrict litigation, Mark served as the Federal/State Litigation Liaison for the Plaintiffs.
Mark also works on product defect cases against numerous U.S. and foreign corporations making and selling allegedly defective or dangerous consumer products. Some cases involve products causing unfair economic loss while others involve products causing serious injuries or fatalities. Mark’s product defect cases include failing automobiles and trucks, mold-plagued front-loading washing machines, and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices.
Mark has been appointed to leadership roles in numerous complex civil proceedings, including: Co-Lead MDL Counsel in In re Whirlpool Front Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2001 (N.D. Ohio); Plaintiffs Steering Committee, Federal/State Litigation Liaison, in In re New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation (fungal meningitis/infections), MDL 2419 (D. Mass); Plaintiffs Steering Committee and Co-Chair Plaintiffs Expert Committee in In re Navistar Diesel Engine Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2223 (N.D. Ill); and Plaintiffs Steering Committee in In re Ford Switch Fire Litigation, Texas state MDL, Travis County, Texas, Cause No. D-1-GN-08-000901. He also represents clients in many centralized litigations across the country.
An active member of the legal community, Mark serves on the Tennessee Association for Justice Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the organization. Mark has also served on the Tennessee Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee (Co-Chair), Nashville Bar Association YLD Board of Directors, and the Editorial Board of the Nashville Bar Journal. On the national level, in the summer of 2015, Mark was appointed Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Public Education Committee and Member of the AAJ Public Affairs Committee. The Public Education Committee works on initiatives promoting knowledge of America’s civil justice system and trial bar mission. The Public Affairs Committee gives advice on policy options, tactics, and strategies with regard to trial lawyer matters.
Mark and his co-authors recently updated their acclaimed book, Litigating International Torts In United States Courts (Thomson Reuters West, 2017 ed.), a practical resource for legal practitioners and judges. Mark also regularly blogs on legal issues and issues of the day for trusted online legal publications and organizations. He has also published a number of articles in journals, including articles in the national publications TRIAL Magazine and The Trial Lawyer on holding foreign companies accountable for injuries they cause in the U.S., and is on the Law360 Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board, providing feedback on Law360’s news coverage of the legal world, including case updates, policy developments, attorney information, litigation facts, and trends in various industries.
Mark is a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics. He has also been cited by top-tier media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, The Associated Press, CNN, CBS This Morning, and MSNBC. Recently, Mark acted as legal analyst for a series of articles in The Tennessean regarding a nationally-significant privacy trial based on illegal videos taken of a woman in a Nashville hotel by another hotel guest and distributed on the internet, leading to a $55 million jury verdict for the plaintiff.
Mark has been named among The Best Lawyers in America, “Mid-South Super Lawyers,” “Nashville’s Best Lawyers,” and Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.” Mark has been included in The Best Lawyers in America via peer vote nationwide in the fields of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs,” from 2012 through 2017. Mark was named in the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” from 2015-2017 and to the “Top 100: 2015 Tennessee Super Lawyers,” a distinction for attorneys with the highest evaluations statewide. Mark was named an American Bar Foundation Fellow in 2016. The organization is dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law and membership is limited to 1% of attorneys in each state. Also in 2016, 2017, and again in 2018, Mark was listed as one of Nashville Post’s lawyers “In Charge,” particularly after he helped lead national litigation for victims of a deadly meningitis catastrophe that killed 64 people in 2012 and thereafter, and for his ongoing work on opioid litigation in response to the nationwide crisis.