Mark R. Zeidman

Attorney / Shareholder

Mark Zeidman advises and assists clients in a wide variety of businesses, including construction, manufacturing, information technology and government contract services. He also acts as an outside general counsel for several privately held entities handling a broad range of their corporate, commercial, and employment matters.

He has tried cases involving construction accidents and defects, product liability claims, insurance coverage issues, and property and casualty claims. Mr. Zeidman serves as Texas counsel for a large engineering, procurement, and construction group of companies, handling all toxic torts claims, including asbestos and benzene.

Mr. Zeidman is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. with highest honors and special honors in Government.  He was Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Psi. He earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, with honors.  He won the Geary Brice Moot Court Competition and was named Outstanding Advocate. He was on the National Moot Court Team and The Board of Advocates. Mr. Zeidman was named to The Order of Barristers.  His favorite times included acting in and helping to produce Assault & Flattery.

Contact

9 Greenway Plaza, Suite 500

Houston, Texas 77046

713-403-4200

mzeidman@fbfk.law

Mark R. Zeidman

Corporate Litigation

Corporate Law

Commercial Law

Employment Law

houston
Achievements

 

  • Negotiated extremely favorable settlement of cases involving a paraplegic and a death as a result of a powered scaffold accident in a refinery, on behalf of scaffold manufacturer.
  • Handled and settled thousands of claims as a senior counsel on a docket of 37,000+ properties allegedly damaged by defective plumbing materials, including several jury trials and appeals.
  • Tried several age discrimination claims to verdict in jury and bench trials.
  • Authored employment manuals for corporate clients and make periodic revisions as laws change.
  • Reviewed and advised corporate clients on insurance coverage needed for their businesses and activities, including interviews and selection of agencies of record.
  • Handled state-wide toxic tort docket for large engineering, procurement, and construction company.
  • Successfully responded to employees’ claims of discrimination or harassment in proceedings before the TWC and EEOC.
  • Advised clients on employment terminations and unemployment insurance claims.
  • Created master services agreements and subcontracts for IT services companies, including the largest IT consulting company in Houston, TX.
  • Created subcontracts for the purchase of materials and services for government contractor clients, including NASA/Johnson Space Center activities and others nationwide.
  • Created and negotiated employment contracts for IT services companies, temporary placement agencies, global manufacturing companies, construction companies, and other services companies.
  • Created and negotiated employment contracts and analyzed Service Contract Act (SCA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issues for several government contractors.
  • Defended and successfully resolved claims of wage and hour inaccuracies,
  • Tried, as co-counsel, and then authored a successful appellate brief for aircraft manufacturing client upholding favorable jury verdict in aircraft accident litigation.
  • Handled insurance coverage litigation for both insurers and policyholders.
  • Analyzed Small Business Administration issues and proceedings, including those unique to Tribal 8(a) firms.
  • Analyzed International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations for government contractor client.
  • Tried approximately 50 cases involving claims of general negligence, products liability or medical negligence leading to death, personal injury or property damage.
  • Advised on labor and employment issues, and litigation issues, for due diligence on purchase and sale/merger
  • Advised on disputes with State of Texas regarding sales tax issues.
  • Represent insureds concerned about how their cases are being handled by insurance carriers
  • Established a UK subsidiary for a US company, including handling insurance, EU counsel, accounting and related set up issues
  • Created EULAs and SaaS agreements for software providers
  • Successfully defended to jury verdict a large manufacturer of waterjet cutting equipment against products liability, warranty.
Professional Organizations

 

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation
Admitted to Practice

 

  • Admitted in 1980, Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Texas Western District Court
  • Texas Eastern District Court
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Education

 

  • B.A. with highest honors, University of Texas, Class of 1977
  • J.D. with honors, University of Texas, Class of 1980