Mark P. Chalos
Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Nashville, TN
Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 - 2010
A Trial Attorney for the Injured
The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark P. Chalos is a top litigator working on complex civil cases in federal courts in Tennessee and across the United States. Mark represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries, as well as consumers and businesses who have been defrauded.
Over the past 20 years in practice, Mark has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in jury verdicts, arbitration rulings, and settlements for families and businesses who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.
To help fight the opioids catastrophe that has devastated communities across America, Mark represents states, large and small counties, cities, Native American tribes, and health benefit providers in litigation that seeks to make our communities safer. In connection with the firm’s court-appointed leadership role in the national opioids litigation, Mark has been selected to serve on the team preparing for the historic first trials in the litigation. Mark has also been interviewed by various national media outlets regarding the fight to keep our families and communities safe from the opioids catastrophe.
Mark also prosecutes product defect civil cases against U.S. and foreign corporations that make and sell allegedly defective or dangerous consumer products. Some cases involve products causing unfair economic loss, while others involve products causing serious injuries or fatalities. Mark’s product defect cases include failing automobiles and trucks, mold-plagued front-loading washing machines, and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices.
Mark has been appointed to leadership roles in numerous complex civil proceedings, including: Co-Lead MDL Counsel in In re Whirlpool Front Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2001 (N.D. Ohio); Co-Lead Interim Class Counsel in Weidman v. Ford (Brake Failure Litigation), Case No. 2:18-cv-12719 (E.D. MI); Chair of MDL Expert Committee in In re General Motors Air Conditioning Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2818 (E.D. MI); Plaintiffs Steering Committee, Federal/State Litigation Liaison, in In re New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation (fungal meningitis/infections), MDL 2419 (D. Mass); Plaintiffs Steering Committee and Co-Chair Plaintiffs Expert Committee in In re Navistar Diesel Engine Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2223 (N.D. Ill); and Plaintiffs Steering Committee in In re Ford Switch Fire Litigation, Texas state MDL, Travis County, Texas, Cause No. D-1-GN-08-000901. He also represents clients in many centralized litigations across the country.
An active member of the legal community, Mark serves as the Vice-President of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (formerly served as Secretary and Treasurer of the organization), on its Board of Governors, and as Treasurer of the Political Action Committee Lawyers Involved for Tennessee (LIFT). Mark has also served on the Tennessee Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee (Co-Chair), Nashville Bar Association YLD Board of Directors, and the Editorial Board of the Nashville Bar Journal. On the national level, Mark serves as Secretary of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Class Action Litigation Group, Member of the AAJ Public Affairs Committee, and Member of the National Finance Council. He has served as Chair of the AAJ Public Education Committee.
Mark and his co-authors recently updated their acclaimed book, Litigating International Torts In United States Courts (Thomson Reuters West, 2017 ed.), a practical resource for legal practitioners and judges. Mark has also published a number of articles in journals, including articles in the national publications TRIAL Magazine and The Trial Lawyer on holding foreign companies accountable for injuries they cause in the U.S., and has served on the Law360Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board, providing feedback on Law360’s news coverage of the legal world. Mark is currently working a book regarding consumer class actions (Thomson Reuters West, publication forthcoming).
Mark serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, teaching The Practice of Aggregate Litigation. He also serves on the Select Committee on Class Actions within Emory University School of Law’s Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims.
Mark is a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics. He has also been cited by top-tier media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, The Associated Press, CNN, CBS This Morning, and MSNBC. Recently, Mark acted as legal analyst for a series of articles in The Tennesseanregarding a nationally-significant privacy trial based on illegal videos taken of a woman in a Nashville hotel by another hotel guest and distributed on the internet, leading to a $55 million jury verdict for the plaintiff.
Mark has been named among The Best Lawyers in America, “Mid-South Super Lawyers,” “Nashville’s Best Lawyers,” and Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.” Mark has been included in The Best Lawyers in America via peer vote nationwide in the fields of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs” from 2012 through 2019. Mark was named in the Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” from 2015-2017 and to the “Top 100: 2015 Tennessee Super Lawyers,” a distinction for attorneys with the highest evaluations statewide. Mark was named an American Bar Foundation Fellow in 2016. The organization is dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law and membership is limited to 1% of attorneys in each state. Also from 2016 – 2019, Mark was listed as one of Nashville Post’s lawyers “In Charge,” particularly after he helped lead national litigation for victims of a deadly meningitis catastrophe that killed 64 people in 2012 and thereafter, and for his ongoing work on opioid litigation in response to the nationwide crisis.
Mark is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits; the United States District Court for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee; the Northern District of Florida; and the courts of the State of Tennessee. He is a member of the American, Tennessee, and Nashville Bar Associations, as well as the American Association for Justice and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association.
- Top 100: 2021 Tennessee Super Lawyers
- Top 50: 2021 Nashville Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2020 Tennessee Super Lawyers
- Top 50: 2020 Nashville Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2019 Tennessee Super Lawyers
- Top 50: 2019 Nashville Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2018 Tennessee Super Lawyers
- Top 50: 2018 Nashville Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2017 Tennessee Super Lawyers
- Top 50: 2017 Nashville Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2016 Tennessee Super Lawyers
- Top 50: 2016 Nashville Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2015 Tennessee Super Lawyers
- Top 50: 2015 Nashville Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2014 Tennessee Super Lawyers
- Top 50: 2014 Nashville Super Lawyers
- Top 100: 2013 Tennessee Super Lawyers
- Top 50: 2013 Nashville Super Lawyers
About Mark P. Chalos
First Admitted: 1998, Tennessee
Professional Webpage: https://www.lieffcabraser.com/attorneys/mark-p-chalos
- American Bar Association; American Association for Justice (Co-Chair, Class Action Litigation Section, 2022; Past-Chair, Public Education Committee, 2015); First Center for the Visual Arts (Founding Member; Young Professionals Program); Harry Phillips American Inn of Court; Historic Belcourt Theatre (Past-Chair, Board of Directors); Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association (President); Nashville Bar Association; Nashville Cares (Past Member, Board of Directors); Tennessee Bar Association; Tennessee Innocence Project (Board of Directors); Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (President, Board of Directors); Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Grant Review Panelist)
- AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in fields of "Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs," 2012-2022; "Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers," Lawdragon 2019-2022; “Outstanding Private Practice Antitrust Achievement,” American Antitrust Institute, 2020; American Bar Foundation Fellow, 2016; "Tennessee Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2013 - 2015; "Best of the Bar," Nashville Business Journal, 2008-2010, 2015-2016; "Super Lawyer for Mid-South," Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2018; "Tennessee Top 100," Super Lawyers, 2015; "Rising Star for Mid-South," Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2010; "Top 40 Under 40," The Tennessean, 2004. , Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
- “Supreme Court Limits The Reach of Alien Tort Statute in Kiobel,” Legal Solutions Blog, April 2013 My link
- Speaker, “The Death of Mass Torts? J&J Talc Bankruptcy & Other Updates/Southern Baptist Convention church sex abuse cases,” Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, June 2022
- Panelist, “State of the Settlements, Bellwethers, and Settlement Design Innovations,” Georgetown Law School Virtual Opioid Litigation Summit, September 2021
- Litigating International Torts in United States Courts, 2015 ed., Thomas Reuters/West, 2015
- "The End of Meaningful Punitive Damages," Nashville Bar Journal (2001)
- "Washington Bureaucrats Taking Over American Justice System," The Tennessean (newspaper), Op-Ed (2007)
- "Washington Regulators Versus American Juries: The United States Supreme Court Shifts the Balance in Riegel v. Medtronic," Nashville Bar Journal (2008)
- “The FCC: The Constitution, Censorship, and a Celebrity Breast,” Nashville Bar Journal (April 2005)
- "Is Civility Dead?" Nashville Bar Journal (2003)
- Frequent continuing legal education speaker on a variety of civil litigation topics, including for seminars sponsored by American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Association for Justice, Nashville Bar Association, and commercial seminar providers.
- “Successfully Suing Foreign Manufacturers,” TRIAL Magazine (November 2008)
- Mark contributes to Google+.
- “Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum: Supreme Court to Decide Role of US Courts Abroad,” ABA Journal, January 2013
- “Are International Wrongdoers Above the Law?” The Trial Lawyer Magazine, January 2013
- “Amgen: The Supreme Court Refuses to Erect New Class Action Bar,” Legal Solutions Blog, March 2013
- “The Rise of Bellwether Trials,” Legal Solutions Blog, March 2013
Pro bono/Community Service
- Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Founding Member; Grant Review Panelist)
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Founding Member, Young Professionals Program)
- Belcourt Theatre - Historic community theatre - original home of Grand Ol' Opry (Chair of Board of Directors, 2007-2008)
- Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity Alumni Association (President)
- Vanderbilt University, B.A. (Political Science major, American History minor), 1995
- Obtained a jury verdict for $1.28 million for school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room., 2007
- Obtained an $8,000,000 arbitration award on behalf of a business client., 2010
- Helped obtain an almost $4 million jury verdict for child who suffered brain injury in motor vehicle accident., 2001
Other Outstanding Achievements
- Appointed by Court to Plaintiffs Steering Committee for Texas Ford Cruise Control Switch Fire multi-district litigation (litigation involving more than 100 cases)., 2008
- Appointed by Court to Plaintiffs Steering Committee, Co-Chair Plaintiffs Expert Committee, In re Navistar Diesel Engine Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2223 (N.D. Ill)., 2011
- Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in federal multi-district litigation involving cases from more than 12 states; In re: Whirlpool Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation, M.D.L. number 2001, 2009
Last Updated: 9/21/2022