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Mark FreemanMark Freeman Clark Hill
2615 Calder Avenue
Beaumont, TX 77702
J.D., Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1980
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
B.S., University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1976
University of Tulsa
State Bar Licenses
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
An experienced litigator, Mark Freeman focuses his practice on admiralty, maritime, and commercial litigation.
- Defended US-flagged vessel owner operator in acute toxic exposure claim where the Fifth Circuit established the time of event rule for traumatic event/latent manifestation bodily injury.
- Defended inland marine transportation company in a claim by its charterer alleging breach of the charter over a multi-year period.
- Represented shipyards in personal injury, regulatory and commercial disputes.
- Defended offshore drilling contractor in wrongful death claim involving a motor vehicle accident that was eventually decided by the Texas Supreme Court.
- Defended tug and barge flotilla following collision with a pleasure craft resulting in the sinking of the pleasure boat with loss of four lives.
- Defended offshore drilling contractor in offshore fire and explosion event resulting in the death of a worker and burns to several others.
- Defended and prosecuted numerous foreign-flagged vessel interests in collisions or allisions with fixed structures.
- Successfully defended inland boat and barge owner/operator in industry-wide litigation involving classification of seamen and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Defense of Jones Act claims in various state and federal courts.
- Represented holders of maritime liens in actions to arrest various vessels.
- Defended operator of foreign-flagged tankship that was involved in a collision with an inland unit tow resulting in one of the largest spills of crude oil in recent Texas history which generated the largest number of pro se claimants (approximately 17,000) in a single, non-consolidated federal case.