Mark Fulks represents clients in financial, commercial and employment litigation. Based in the Firm’s Johnson City office, Mr. Fulks works with financial institutions and special servicers across the country in a broad array of legal matters, including judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, receiverships, lender liability claims, and guarantor recovery. He also defends employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
Mr. Fulks is a seasoned appellate lawyer, having argued more than 40 cases before the Tennessee Supreme Court and more than 300 cases in the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
He maintains an active pro bono practice, representing indigent clients before the Tennessee trial and appellate courts in various matters, including divorce, conservatorships, and criminal defense.
Mr. Fulks is also a dedicated public servant. He served as a prosecutor in the Criminal Justice Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office for more than a dozen years, and he continues to handle criminal prosecutions from time to time as a District Attorney General Pro Tem.
A frequent seminar speaker, Mr. Fulks has lectured for the National College of District Attorneys, the Tennessee District Attorney Generals Conference, the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association, and the Lebanon Bar Association.
Seminar topics have included appellate practice, legal writing, employment law, criminal law, and search and seizure, among others. He has also taught undergraduate courses in American Government, Public Policy, and Law and the Legal System.
Mr. Fulks is the author of more than 20 articles on various legal subjects, including a biography of Judge August Noble Hand and essays on prosecutorial misconduct, libertarianism, strict constructivism and appellate practice.
- Tennessee State University, Ph.D. Public Administration, 2016
- Tennessee State University, M.P.A., 2009
- Tennessee State University, Applied Geospatial Information Systems, 2009
- University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 1998
- East Tennessee State University, B.S. English and Political Science, 1991
- Tennessee, 1998
- Virginia, 2013
- United States Supreme Court, 2002
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2014
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2000
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 2017
- Represented before the Tennessee Supreme Court an indigent criminal defendant challenging the validity of his judgment of conviction.
- Represented before the Tennessee Supreme Court a state-wide organization that was invited by the Court to appear as an amicus curiae.
- Represented various financial institutions in foreclosure and receivership proceedings, involving hotels, shopping malls, strip shopping centers, apartment complexes, business parks, and other commercial properties.
- Represented financial institutions and individuals in property litigation, including actions to quiet title and suits for partition, ejectment, and unlawful and forcible detainer.
- Represented employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in defense of charges of discrimination.
- Represented employers in workers’ compensation matters.
Professional Honors & Activities:
- Tennessee Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Fellow – American Bar Foundation
- Member – Indigent Defense Fund Study Committee (2010)
- Member – Tennessee Governor’s DUI Task Force (2006)
- Recipient – Baker Donelson Pro Bono Award (2014 – 2015)
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