MARK W. LONG
I grew up in a military family as one of four children. After moving around the country constantly and completing two overseas assignments, my dad retired in San Antonio and became a school teacher like my mother.
I graduated from Judson High School in 1974 and started college at Southwest Texas University (Texas State). I left college to enter the Austin Police Department Academy and served as a patrol officer from 1977 to 1982. During that time, I went back to SWTU and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. I then attended the University of Houston College of Law, graduating in 1984, and worked for a prominent personal injury law firm for four years before starting my own firm.
I believe in aggressively and ethically working every case I accept. For me, investment in my cases goes beyond the monetary cost; I also consider the impact the injury has had on the client and their loved ones.
I have a special place in my heart for First Responders. Not only was I a patrol officer with the Austin Police Department, but I’ve also served as a Reserve Deputy with both Travis and Comal Counties. I have a Master Peace Officer’s license and still get out on patrol regularly.
When I represent a First Responder, I consider it a special honor.
Areas of Practice:
Personal Injury — Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
Products Liability Law
Litigation & Appeals
Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Professional Malpractice Law
Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1984
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1984
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1984
U.S. Federal Court, 1984
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1984, J.D.
Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 1981, B.S.
Honors and Awards:
American Jurisprudence Award, Criminal Law, 1982
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1984 - Present, Member
American Association for Justice, Member
Houston Bar Association, 1984 - Present, Member
Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
District 4C Grievance Committee, 2000, Chairperson
State Bar of Texas, Member
I began my law career when I was 21 years old in the basement of a large law firm as a file clerk in the litigation department. They said that if I wanted to start at the bottom and work my way up in law, I was in the right place.
From my first day in this field, I have focused on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. While I was a student at UT, I got a part-time job as an entry-level clerk at Brown McCarroll filing papers and watching masterful trial lawyers at work. It wasn’t a glamorous job for me, but it was the best start I could have asked for. I was fortunate to work with people who took the time to teach me the ropes of the business. On that team, one of the cases we defended was a wrongful death case brought against a tire manufacturer when a toddler was ejected from a vehicle and thrown off an overpass on I-35 to his death. The case went all the way through jury trial to a defense verdict and has stuck with me ever since.
Later, while in law school, I interned at the federal court in Austin for the Honorable Robert L. Pitman. In that role, I saw what it was like behind the judge’s desk first hand. My primary responsibility was to analyze social security disability applications and denials, which made me better at understanding and quickly summarizing complicated medical records -something crucial to my work today.
During my second year in law school, I found my calling when I was introduced to acclaimed trial lawyer Mark W. Long. For the first time, I worked on behalf of real people standing up against giant insurance companies. One case in particular that I will never forget is a time we represented the family of a young girl who died playing on a four-wheeler at a friend’s house. I learned how to be an advocate for injured and grieving people from one of the best lawyers in the business and, when possible, continue to collaborate with him now.
I started working on my own in 2011 and have been aggressively representing regular people every day since then. The enthusiasm I have for this job has only grown with time. My role requires me to know what to do in each of the many confusing, complex, and difficult aspects of personal injury law. I have personally handled nearly every type of injury imaginable—to include car and truck wrecks, 18-wheeler accidents, slip and falls, food poisoning, dog bites, traumatic brain injuries, DWI accidents, drug dealers running over police officers, motorcycle wrecks, bicycle wrecks, pedestrians hit by cars, officer-involved shootings, fatalities, restaurant injuries, and even an accident causing amputation.
Serious injuries can be some of the most challenging pitfalls in a person’s life. It makes me happy to help people through dark times and make things better for them.
The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelor of Arts, History
St. Mary’s University School of Law - Doctor of Jurisprudence
Prior Professional Experience
The Law Offices of Mark W. Long, Austin
Germer Gertz Beaman & Brown, LLP, Austin (clerk)
Brown McCarroll, LLP, Austin (clerk)
United States Army - Military Intelligence Corps
Professional License and Affiliations
Attorney and Counselor at Law, Texas
Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), Attorney
When Cops Get Hurt, TMPA In Service Magazine, December 2014
Representative Experience & Successes
Statewide experience handling cases across Austin and Central Texas, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, Big Bend, San Angelo, Beaumont, South Texas Valley, and Gulf Coast.
Extensive experience in over 100 personal injury cases, to include representing clients injured in car crashes, slips and falls, unsafe premises defects, and unsafe products. Some cases have involved fatalities, multiple vehicle collisions, commercial and governmental vehicle crashes, and catastrophic motorcycle and bicycle wrecks.
Represented numerous law enforcement officers for injuries sustained both on-duty and off-duty.
Particular knowledge in law enforcement overtime pay structure and collecting lost wages for LEOs.
Designated attorney with Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA).
Lead attorney on several cases followed by news media across Texas.
$250,000 settlement for a faulty product causing permanent injury at a prominent Austin music festival. (2016)
$385,000 settlement for a motorcycle collision caused by an 18-wheeler. (2016)
Intern to the Honorable Robert L. Pitman, The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. (2010)
Military Service — United States Army
Military Intelligence Corps
Served in 101st Airborne [Air Assault] Division ―"Screaming Eagles"; Top Secret Government Security Clearance Issued 2004; Global War on Terrorism Medal; National Service Medal; Esteemed Member of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps; Army Combat Lifesaver Course; Rifle and Grenade Marksman.
Austin Symphony Board, 2019 - present
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum - Chair of Programs and Vice President of the Board of Directors, 2017
Texas Municipal Police Association - Attorney for Law Enforcement Officers
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas - Volunteer Attorney for Disadvantaged Clients
The Wright House Wellness Center - Former Member of the Board of Directors
Austin Police Association - 2016 Awards Gala Supporter