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Mark McPherson is the sole principal attorney of the Firm. Additional attorneys, paralegals and support staff may be associated as needed, so that the Firm's staff can grow as needed to support any transaction, while maintaining low overhead.

THE LAW PRACTICE

McPherson LawFirm, PC, f/k/a McPherson & Associates, PC
Plano and Dallas, Texas
March, 1995 to present

Mankoff, Hill, Held & Goldburg, PC
Dallas, Texas
September, 1990 to March, 1995

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE BEFORE THESE COURTS

Supreme Court of the State of Texas and all other Texas state, county and local courts, 1990

United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 1990

United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, 1992

LAW SCHOOL

Washington & Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, 1990 (Doctor of Jurisprudence)

  • Best Brief and Best Oralist, John W. Davis Moot Court Competition, 1989 (one of the few times in school history when the same person won both awards simultaneously)
  • National Appellate Advocacy Team
  • International Law Society
  • Phi Delta Phi (legal fraternity)

COLLEGE

Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1987 (Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude)

Major in Political Science
Minor in Information Systems Management

  • Senior Class President, 1986
  • Student Foundation Charter Member, President, 1985-1986
  • Attorney General, Student Government Association
  • Associate Justice, Student Government Association
  • Four Year Academic Scholarship
  • Political Science Department Award
  • Intern, Tennessee State Senate, 1985-1987

PROFESSIONAL DISTINCTIONS

REAL ESTATE, PROBATE AND TRUST LAW SECTION, STATE BAR OF TEXAS (REPTL)

  • Council Member, 2007-2011
  • Editor in Chief, REPTL Reporter, 2009-Current
  • Chair, Real Estate Legislative Affairs Committee, 79th and 80th Legislatures
  • Vice Chair, Water Rights Committee, 2008-Current
  • Member, Administration Committee, 2008-Current

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION COURSE PRESENTATIONS (alphabetical)

  • Advanced Real Estate Law Course, TexasBarCLE, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course, TexasBarCLE, 2006, 2008
  • Advanced Tax Law Course, TexasBarCLE, 2008
  • Austin Lawyers Association, 2005
  • Changing Face of Water Rights in Texas, TexasBarCLE, 2006, 2008, 2009
  • Dallas Bar Association Real Property Section, 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Denton County Bar Association, 2008
  • Denton Conty Bar Association Real Property Section, 2008
  • Legislative Update Institute, TexasBarCLE, 2003, 2007
  • Mortgage Lending Institute, University of Texas, 2003, 2007, 2008
  • Representing Small Business, TexasBarCLE, 2008
  • Residential Real Estate Construction Law, TexasBarCLE, 2005
  • South Texas College of Law Real Estate Law Conference, 2008
  • State Bar College "Spring Training" Course, TexasBarCLE, 2004
  • State Bar College "Summer School" Course, TexasBarCLE, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • State Bar Annual Convention REPTL CLE Course, 2005, 2007
  • Tarrant County Bar Association Real Property Section, 2007, 2008
  • Texas Water Law Institute, University of Texas, 2008

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION COURSE PLANNING COMMITTEES

  • Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course, 2009, Course Director 2008
  • Changing Face of Water Rights in Texas, 2008, 2009
  • Commercial and Consumer Law Course, 2007
  • Mortgage Lending Institute, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Representing Small Business, 2008, 2009
  • State Bar College "Summer School" Course, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Texas Water Law Institute, 2008, 2009

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS PRESENTATIONS (selected events)

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Author, Why is Texas so Hot for Oklahoma Water? (2009)
  • Author, Don't Hand Me No Lines, and Keep Your GCD Hands to Yourself (2009)
  • Author, The Metroplex is at the Water's Edge: Let the Wars Begin (2008)
  • Author, Water Law in the 80th Legislature and Looking Forward to the 81st (2008)
  • Author, Drafting the Margin Tax into Real Estate and Business Entity Documents (2008)
  • Author, From the Pink Dome: The Top 10 New Dirt(y) Laws (2007)
  • Editor in Chief, Legislative Update-Significant Bills of the 80th Legislature Affecting Real Estate, Lending, and Other Commercial Matters (2007)
  • Author, Advising Business Owners About the Margin Tax and the Texas Business Organizations Code (2007)
  • Author, What Every Texas Lawyer Should Know About Texas Water Law as of 1-1-2006 (2006)
  • Author, The 79th Legislature's Water Law Legacy [with selected forms] (2006)
  • Co-Author, Form Updates Resulting From Legislative Changes (2006)
  • Author, What This Legislature Hath Wrought: Evaluating the Crystal Ball Predictions of the 79th Legislature (2005)
  • Co-Editor, Legislative Update-Significant Bills of the 79th Legislature Affecting Real Estate, Lending, and Other Commercial Matters (2005)
  • Author, Real Estate Legislation in the 79th Legislature's Regular Session: The Crystal Ball Approach (2005)
  • Co-Author, Legislative Update-Significant Bills of the 78th Legislature Affecting Real Estate, Lending, and Other Commercial Matters (2003)

OTHER WEBSITES AND NETWORKING


PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Mr. McPherson is or has been a member of the following professional and community organizations:

MORE PERSONAL TIDBITS

Hometown: Crossville, Tennessee
Favorite Book: The Three Musketeers, by Alexander Dumas
Favorite Musician: Elvis. By age 9, my kids had been to Graceland twice.
Favorite Type of Music: Blues and Classic Soul (Stax/Volt)
Favorite Movie: Casablanca
Favorite Actor: Humphrey Bogart
Favorite Actress: Changes from time to time; all-time, though, Audrey Hepburn
Favorite Sports to follow: Auto Racing, SEC College Football (Tennessee Vols)
Favorite Participatory Activities: Cycling, Hunting, Fishing, Snorkeling
Favorite Vacation Spot: St. John, USVI (where I was married in 2000)
Favorite Food: Texas Barbeque and all the traditional sides
Favorite Holiday: Memorial Day (F1 Monte Carlo, Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in one day)
Church: Fellowship Church

DISCLAIMER

Mr. McPherson is Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

 

 

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