Practice focuses: Complex Business Litigation and Dispute Prevention/Resolution, Healthcare Litigation, Employment (Representation of Management and Professionals), Computer Systems and Trade Secret Disputes, Contract Litigation, Lending, and Merger & Acquisition Disputes.

Resident in North Carolina with more than three decades of litigation experience across the United States, Mark Stafford counsels and represents national and regional companies, their owners, and professionals in cost-effective resolution of complex business, employment, healthcare, data breach, shareholder, technology and contract disputes.

ver his more than 30 years at large law firms, Mark Stafford has always been the kind of attorney who frustrates law firm marketing departments–and for good reason: He has intentionally elected not to focus his practice on a specific type of case, a specific industry, or a specific subject matter. There are several reasons for this approach:

  • If an attorney, especially a litigator, does not spead his or her knowledge base across numerous areas of law, the chances of “missing something” in representing a client can become dangerously high. For example, there are times when an attorney can initially believe a proposed settlement is advantageous but if the tax consequences of the monetary payments are considered, the advantages can lessen if not disappear.
  • 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. For example, many fine attorneys jumped exclusively onto the “environmental law bandwagon” in the early 1990’s, but once existing sites were remediated and in-house personnel learned the details of permitting, the client’s need for the attorney, no matter how long-standing, was of very decreased usefulness.
  • Big law attorneys often promote the idea that in some areas, such as patent or trademark litigation, employment disputes, or construction claims, only the “specialist” or a practitioner solely devoted to the narrow subject can properly try the case. Mark does not adhere to this view. While narrow expertise via co-counsel is sometimes needed, Mark believes that “lawyering” as a verb is largely a universally applicable skill in the courtroom. The ability to distill complex factual issues or voluminous materials such that a jury of average people grasp the essence of the evidence, being above to read the subtle signals of the finders of fact and adjust accordingly, and the art of cross-examination apply in the same way in a software dispute as they do in an automobile accident case.

Practice focuses: Complex Business Litigation and Dispute Prevention/Resolution, Healthcare Litigation, Employment (Representation of Management and Professionals), Computer Systems and Trade Secret Disputes, Contract Litigation, Lending, and Merger & Acquisition Disputes.

Mark Stafford decided it was time for a new model, a law firm that maximizes use of approaches to space allocation, cutting-edge technologies, and the fostering of an existing national and local network of experienced local counsel and seasoned contract professional all to ensure that the cost of legal practice is only as high as necessary for client needs.