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Attorneys Mark W. Long and James Wood are located in Austin, Texas, and serves the communities of Central and Southeast Texas, including Houston, San Antonio, Round Rock, San Marcos, Georgetown, New Braunfels, Temple, Killeen, Leander, Bastrop, Lakeway, Lago Vista, Marble Falls as well as Williamson County, Travis County, Hays County, Bastrop County, Blanco County, Comal County, Guadalupe County, Llano County, Harris County, Bell County, Bexar County, Montgomery County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County and Liberty County.  Areas of legal practice include car crashes, accidents, wrecks, injuries, slip and falls, premises liability, products liability, consumer law and DTPA for deceptive trade practices and vehicle purchases, death, wills, probate, inheritance and estates.

 

MARK W. LONG

Attorney Profile

I grew up in an Air Force family, one of four children. By the time I turned twelve, I had lived in Pakistan, the Philippines, and all over the United States from Maine to California. My family and I finally settled in San Antonio where I finished middle and high school. I graduated from Judson High School in 1974. I started college at South West Texas State University (Texas State). After a year, I left to join the Austin Police Department and served from 1977 to 1981. During that time, I re-enrolled at SWT and completed a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation, I moved to Houston where I attended the University of Houston and graduated from law school in 1984. After law school, I worked for a prominent personal injury law firm for four years and then started my private practice. I believe in fairly evaluating every case that comes across my desk and aggressively working every case I accept. Above all, I believe in an ethical practice and only take cases I feel strongly about. For me, investment in my cases goes beyond the monetary cost.

 

Areas of Practice:

Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Litigation & Appeals
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Products Liability Law
Professional Malpractice Law
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Toxic Torts

 

Certification/Specialties:

Personal Injury, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

 

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 1984
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

 

Education:

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

 

JAMES WOOD

Attorney Profile

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.  

 

Education
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

 

Publications

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)


Judicial Clerkship
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. 

Community Involvement
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