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Mark Coulson is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He defends manufacturers nationally, regionally and locally in products liability matters, including fire cases and recreational product cases. Mark also defends health care clients, concentrating on alleged birth injuries and other catastrophic injuries.  He assists a variety of clients in developing systems to manage high stakes litigation on a national basis, and assists manufacturers in managing risks involving new products and markets.

Mark also counsels manufacturers and other business clients on document and data retention issues as well as e-discovery issues. He is a frequent author and lecturer on these subjects, and was a member of a joint bench-bar committee establishing a proposed protocol for e-discovery in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Mark has authored and co-authored many successful Daubert challenges in products liability cases, including federal cases in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, two of which were wrongful death cases resulting in summary judgment (Booth v. Black & Decker, Inc., 166 F. Supp. 2d 215 [E.D. Pa. 2001]) and Knotts v. Black & Decker, Inc., 204 F. Supp. 2d 1029 [W.D. Ohio 2002]).

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (2012)

  • American Inns of Court Foundation: Master, J. Dudley Digges Inn of Court

  • Benchmark Litigation: The Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys; Listed as a Local Litigation Star for Product Liability (2013-2014)

  • Defense Research Institute: Products Liability Committee

  • International Association of Defense Counsel: Advocacy, Practice & Procedure Committee; Products Liability Committee

  • University of Baltimore School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Products Liability


  • American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation (2010-2012); Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2010-2014); Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (2014); Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2014)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Rated

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®:  Selected for inclusion in the area of Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Defense: Products (2008-2012); Personal Injury Defense: Medical (2013-2014); Named among Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers (2012-2014)

  • National Law Journal: Major Defense Wins of 1995

  • Super Lawyers® - Corporate Counsel Edition: Listed in the area of Personal Injury Defense (September 2009)


Case Examples

Madd Gear, USA

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Press Coverage


"Maryland Courts No Longer Safe Haven for E-Discovery Resistors," Maryland Bar Journal (November 01, 2010).
"Medicare's Extreme Makeover - New "Strict Liability" Recoupment Rules In Personal Injury Settlements," Maryland Bar Journal (October 01, 2009).
"The Electronic Discovery Kool-Aid Acid Test: Stop the Bus, I Want To Get Off," In House Defense Quarterly (April 01, 2009).
"The Collaborative Model of E-Discovery," Law360 (March 11, 2009).
"The Wild, the Innocent and the E-Discovery Shuffle," Defense Research Institute, In-House Defense Quarterly (Winner of G. Duffield Smith Award for outstanding DRI publication) (December 01, 2007).
"The Wild, the Innocent and the E-Discovery Shuffle - Learning the Steps to a Dance You'll Hate," Defense Research Institute, In-House Defense Quarterly (December 01, 2007).
"U.S. Supreme Court Re-Defines the Personal Injury Playing Field In Negotiating Medical Assistance Liens," Maryland Bar Journal (February 01, 2007).
"Impact of Extending Employer Immunity," Maryland Bar Journal (December 01, 2005).
"While You Were Out: Proposed E-Discovery Amendments to Federal Rules Are a Welcome Wake-Up Call for the Defense Bar," IADC Advocacy, Practice and Procedure Newsletter (November 01, 2004).
"Who's Zoomin' Who?" The Dangerous Intersection of Lawyers, Doctors, Patients, Tortfeasors, Health Plans and Auto Insurers," (April 01, 2004).
"Malpractice Reform: We Don't Have to Wait For Annapolis To Stop The Bleeding," Maryland Medical Group Management Associates (February 01, 2004).

Speaking Engagements