Mark M.Appling

Associate
Mark M.Appling
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Mark’s practice is defined by a focus on two stages of litigation: counselling clients before a lawsuit is filed, and representing those clients if and when a lawsuit is filed. His practice involves clients facing state and federal lawsuits, as well as interested parties in agency investigations and administrative disputes, in the areas of environmental, construction, personal injury, oil and gas, maritime/inland transportation, and insurance law.

Mark began his practice in Houston with a boutique admiralty/maritime firm that represented the country’s largest tank barge operator in the aftermath of a collision in the Houston Ship Channel that caused the release of 168,000 gallons of fuel oil no. 6 into Galveston Bay. Handling this matter involved representing the client during a joint investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board, in addition handling the concurrent claims and lawsuits filed by thousands of individuals and businesses in the area. In this situation, Mark understands that a broad focus on government relations can sometimes outweigh a narrow focus on litigation—with the effects from the former usually outlasting the effects from the latter.

Since joining Taunton Snyder Parish, Mark has worked closely with clients in a variety of matters ranging from personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits arising from motor vehicle accidents and premises defects, to offshore/onshore oil and gas contractual disputes between operators and non-operators, to liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), to bringing a civil claim against a client’s former employee after criminal charges have been brought by the local District Attorney’s office against that same employee. Whatever the subject matter involved, Mark prides himself in getting to the heart of complex matters in such a way that allows clients to be fully invested in the litigation process, and decide early on whether a case is one that should be settled or one that should be tried in front of a judge and jury.

EDUCATION
  • University of Texas–Austin, B.A
  • Baylor University, J.D.
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  • Texas
  • S.D. Texas