Raleigh, North Carolina
Mark represents victims of negligence and medical malpractice in cases across North Carolina. In recent years, Mark has led the firm's medical malpractice cases. In 2000, Mark secured the largest reported settlement of a birth injury case in North Carolina history on behalf of a four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy due to a birth injury.
From 1998-2000, Mark helped establish and chaired the Professional Negligence Section of the N.C. Advocates for Justice. Mark also speaks at education seminars for attorneys and at conferences of doctors and nurses concerning his work in representing victims of medical malpractice. Mark currently serves on a statewide committee of attorneys and doctors which discusses issues of concern to both professions. The committee is sponsored by the N.C. Bar Association and the N.C. Medical Society.
Mark recently was selected by his peers for inclusion in the publication Best Lawyers in America for 2006 through 2010, was selected as a North Carolina Super Lawyer for 2006 through 2010 and was listed among North Carolina's Legal Elite 2009 by Business North Carolina magazine.
In January of 2010, Mark began service as an Advisory Member of the Ethics Committee of the North Carolina State Bar. In 2009, Mark was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mark has served as a member of The Governor's Advocacy Council on Children and Youth, and as President of Wake Up For Children. As Chair of the Child Advocacy Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the N.C. Bar Association. Mark was instrumental in starting a statewide program in which young lawyers across North Carolina volunteered to serve as guardians ad litem for child abuse victims.
Mark endowed a scholarship at Wake Forest University honoring his parents upon the occasion of the retirement of his father, Dr. E. Glen Holt, who served as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fayetteville, NC for 30 years. Mark also endowed a scholarship fund at the Divinity School at Wake Forest University honoring his father's work in the ministry.
Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Horizons Foundation of Easter Seals/UCP of North Carolina and the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School at Wake Forest University.
Mark has two children, Charles and Sarah. They are active members of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church. In recent years, Mark has coached youth basketball and baseball teams and taught Sunday School.
- Bar Admissions:
- North Carolina, 1987
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1987
- U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
- U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2007
- University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
J.D. with Honors
Honors: Jessep Cup International Law Moot Court, 1986-1987
Honors: The Order of the Coif
Honors: The James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society
Law Review: North Carolina Law Review, Staff Member, 1985 - 1986
- University of Essex, England,
Honors: Rotary Foundation Scholar
- Wake Forest University,
Honors: Hankins Scholar
Honors: President, Student Government, 1982-1983
Honors: Student Trustee, Wake Forest University Board of Trustees, 1981-1983
- Honors and Awards:
- Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, North Carolina Bar Association, 1990 - 1991
- Best Lawyers in America, 2006 - 2010
- North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2010
- Legal Elite, Business North Carolina, 2009 - Present
- Fellow, American College of Trail Lawyers, 2009 - Present
- Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Wake County Bar Association
- North Carolina Bar Association, 2005 - 2007
- Litigation Section Council, Legislative Co-Chair, 2005-2007
- American Bar Association
- North Carolina State Bar
- Ethics Committee, Advisory Member, 2010 - Present
- North Carolina Academy Advocates for Justice, Professional Negligence Section, 1998 - 2000
- Board of Goveners, 2000 - Present
- American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 2000 - Present
- Chief Justice Susie M. Sharp Inn of Court
- Horizons Foundation of Easter Seals/UCP of North Carolina
- Board of Directors
- The Divinity School at Wake Forest University, 2005 - 2008
- Board of Visitors
- Lacy Elementary School Leadership Team, 2004 - 2007
- Govenor's Advocacy Council on Children and Youth
- Wake County Child Advocacy Council