Hon. Mark Whittington (Ret.)

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Personal Injury/Torts

Hon. Mark Whittington (Ret.) brings a unique perspective to his dispute resolution practice at JAMS. Justice Whittington served in multiple roles in the judiciary where he participated in early efforts to institute ADR programs at both the trial and appellate levels. He began his judicial career as a civil trial judge and concluded his public service as a justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeals.

Since leaving the bench, Justice Whittington has served as a full-time mediator, arbitrator, and special master with JAMS. He has experience serving as a neutral in complex civil disputes involving business and commercial matters, insurance, healthcare, personal injury, torts, professional liability, real property, construction defects, employment matters, and securities.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • As a civil trial judge, Justice Whittington presided over more than three hundred jury trials and thousands of non-jury trials involving general civil litigation including contract, personal injury, products liability, insurance, employment, and real estate disputes 
  • As an appellate court justice, Justice Whittington served on panels that resolved thousands of civil cases 
  • Personally authored more than sixteen hundred appellate opinions 
  • Consistently received the highest approval rating by attorneys in bar association judicial evaluation polls 

Representative Matters

  • Multi-million dollar claim for wrongful death brought by family after deceased’s vehicle collided with maintenance equipment utilized by subcontractor of State
  • Appeal of multi-million dollar jury verdict in favor of family of deceased tow truck driver struck by tractor-trailer rig
  • Negligence claim against apartment complex arising from fatal shooting of invitee on premises
  • Multiple cases involving negligence claims arising from auto/truck collisions
  • Negligence claims for crash of private jet and related damages
  • Product liability and negligence claims against manufacturer and retailer for severe injuries sustained by child whose clothing was ignited by space heater
  • Multiple slip and fall cases
  • Multi-million dollar negligence claims involving crash of commercial bus on ice covered highway
  • Product liability claims involving rollover of vehicle and resulting quadriplegia of passenger
  • Many professional liability claims involving attorneys, accountants and corporate executives
  • Negligence and product liability claims against employer and manufacturer for deaths of employees overcome by fumes while cleaning chemical vat
  • Negligence and premises liability claims against apartment complex arising from robbery and shooting of resident
  • Many employment related claims arising from injuries to employees of self-insured companies
  • Multiple medical malpractice claims
  • Many toxic tort claims arising from exposure to asbestos related products

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, Alternative Dispute Resolution, D Magazine
  • Outstanding Civil Jurist Award, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Judicial Pro Bono Award, North Texas Legal Services
  • Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Sustaining Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Master, William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court

Background and Education

  • Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeals, Dallas, TX, 1993-2008
  • Judge, 160th State District Court, Dallas, TX, 1987-1992
  • Judge, County Court at Law, Dallas, TX, 1983-1986
  • J.D., University of Houston

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