Unparalleled and Widespread Experience

If an attorney, especially a litigator, does not spread his or her knowledge base across numerous areas of law, the chances of “missing something” in representing a client can become dangerously high.

In addition, the needs of business clients shift over time and without keeping a broad substantive perspective, the value of the attorney’s relationship to the client can dissipate.

 

Large firms often promote the idea that in many areas, such as patent litigation, employment disputes, or construction claims, only the “specialist” solely devoted to the narrow subject can properly try the case.

 

Mark Stafford does not adhere to this view: While narrow expertise via co-counsel is sometimes needed, he believes that good lawyering is a universally applicable skill. The ability to distill complex facts for a jury, an instinct to read the subtle signals of the judge or jury, and skills in the art of cross-examination apply in the same way in a software dispute as they do in an automobile accident case.

 

Selected areas of law in which Mark Stafford has represented clients and associated industries:

 

Areas of Law

  • Class Action Defense
  • Non-Compete Disputes
  • Software and System Performance Disputes
  • Data Breach Litigation
  • Shareholder/Corporate Owner Disputes
  • Employment Termination, Wage-and-Hour, and Employment Security Commission Matters on behalf of businesses and professionals
  • Trade Secret Theft
  • Medical Staffing Investigations and Litigation
  • Privacy/Data Tracking Litigation
  • Healthcare Qui Tam Whistleblower Defense
  • Property Tax Appeals
  • Antitrust Claims
  • Captive Lending
  • Entertainment
  • Consumer Finance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Construction Claims and Defenses
  • Franchising
  • Defamation (Libel and Slander) Defense
  • Post-Closing Merger and Acquisition Warranty and Representation Litigation
  • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Land Use and Zoning Matters
  • Equipment Leasing Disputes
  • Patent Litigation

 

 

Industries Represented

  • Independent Medical Practices
  • Manufacturers (furniture, HVAC, textiles, apparel, automotive, aircraft)
  • Newspaper Publishers
  • Clinical Research Companies
  • Commercial Lessors
  • Software Developers
  • Physicians
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Fashion Retailers
  • Marine Retail Businesses
  • Mortgage Companies
  • Medical Collection Companies
  • Printing Companies
  • Healthcare Management Companies
  • Restaurant Owners
  • Energy Companies
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Agricultural Producers
  • Credit Unions
  • Political Campaigns
  • Advertising/Marketing Agencies
  • Architects
  • Alarm/Security Companies
  • Food Processing and Warehouse Companies
  • Hospital Systems
  • Aircraft Finance Companies
  • Aviation Fixed Base Operators

 

Court Admissions:

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Tennessee State Bar
  • Fourth, Sixth, and Ninth Federal Courts of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • United State Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court

(Temporary per-case, or “pro hac vice,” admissions in other jurisdictions not listed). 

 

Work, Bar, and Educational Background:

 

2004-2024 – Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

1989-2004 – Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP (Now Kilpatrick Townsend)

1989 – University of North Carolina School of Law (Board of Editors, North Carolina Law Review, Order of the Coif)

1985-1986 – Technical Writer, AT&T Network Systems (now a division of Nokia)

1985 – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. in Economics with Honors

N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys (Chair, Commercial Litigation Practice Group & Member, Board of Directors)

U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina (Patent Rules Committee)

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Mark has been recognized as a member of “Acritas Stars,” a database of client-nominated, stand-out lawyers in private practice.

Since 2013, Mark has also been honored by Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and in 2023 for “Bet the Company Litigation.”