Mark A. Behrens

Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Mark A. Behrens

Mark Behrens co-chairs Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.'s Washington, D.C.-based Public Policy Group. For over two decades, Mark has been extensively involved in liability law, defense litigation, civil justice reform, and counseling in the prevention of liability exposure. He is a member of The American Law Institute (ALI) and was recently invited to serve as an Adviser to the ALI's Restatement Third, Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons project. Mark is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated attorney. He has served on the adjunct faculty of The American University’s Washington College of Law. In the fall of 2010, Mark taught Advanced Torts as a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in Residence at Pepperdine University School of Law in California.

Mark has been listed as one of Washington, D.C.’s “top lawyers” byWashingtonian magazine and as a leading product liability defense attorney byWho’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He has authored or coauthored over 150 amicus briefs on behalf of national and state business and civil justice organizations in cases before the United States Supreme Court, seven different federal circuit courts of appeal, 30 different state courts of last resort, and seven different state appellate courts. He has also testified before Congress and numerous state legislatures. He has served as an expert witness in trials.

He has published over 50 scholarly articles in leading national journals and law reviews, including the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Texas Review of Law & Politics. He is a recipient of a Burton Award for Legal Achievement and received an award from several national organizations for major research contributing to civil justice issues. Mark has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,and the National Law Journal, and has appeared on radio and television, includingCNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN.

Mark is counsel to the Coalition for Litigation Justice; Adviser to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Civil Justice Task Force; co-counsel to the American Tort Reform Association; and co-chair of the Tort and Product Liability Subcommittee of the Federalist Society’s Litigation Practice Group. He is also a member of the Washington Legal Foundation’s Legal Policy Advisory Board, NFIB Small Business Legal Center’s Advisory Board, the Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc., International Association of Defense Counsel, Lawyers for Civil Justice, and the Lawyers Committee of the National Center for State Courts.

Mark received his J.D. in 1990 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review and received an American Jurisprudence Award for achievement in tort law. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987.

  • 1990    J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • 1987    B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Publications and Multimedia
2015 Civil Justice Update
White Paper
August 01, 2016
Mesothelioma Litigation - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
October 21, 2014
Damages and Medical Monitoring - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
February 04, 2014
Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp. - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 03-09-12 featuring Mark Behrens
March 09, 2012
Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, Inc. - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 03-02-11 featuring Mark A. Behrens
March 02, 2011
Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, Inc. - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 11-16-10 featuring Mark A. Behrens
November 16, 2010
Hui v. Castaneda - Post Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 08-12-10 featuring Mark A. Behrens
August 12, 2010
SCOTUScast 6-17-09 featuring Mark Behrens
CSX Transportation v. Hensley
June 17, 2009
SCOTUScast 3-28-08 featuring Mark Behrens
Hall Street Associates v. Mattel
March 28, 2008
SCOTUScast 11-20-07 featuring Mark Behrens
Hall Street Associates v. Mattel
November 20, 2007
State Court Docket Watch November 2006
Table of Contents
November 29, 2006