Mark Begnaud

Mark is an aggressive trial lawyer who fights hard for people who have been injured or whose civil rights have been violated. With over a decade of trial experience, Mark has recovered more than $5 million for his clients in the past five years alone, building a reputation as a tenacious advocate who is ready to go to battle for his clients.

Mark grew up in Atlanta and earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude, and his law degree from Georgia State University, where he graduated magna cum laude, earning a spot in the in the top 5% of his class.  Mark was also a member of the Georgia State Law Review, where he served as Lead Articles Assistant Editor, and he was a board member of the Georgia State Moot Court Team.

Mark has worked at two of Atlanta’s premiere law firms – Arnall Golden Gregory (an Am Law 200 law firm with 180 attorneys) where he represented large institutional clients such as international financial services companies, and Freeman, Mathis, & Gary, where he defended counties, municipalities, and insurance companies in federal civil rights litigation. In these roles, Mark learned top-level practices and he learned the tactics employed by the defense in complex litigation.

Mark’s experience is not limited to well-heeled corporate practice. Mark also spent years as a public defender (line level and appellate level), zealously fighting on behalf of indigent Georgia citizens.  Mark has handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, ranging from DUI and drug offenses to violent crimes and murder. Mark has also handled dozens of criminal appeals, primarily in serious offenses (criminal gang act, murder, death penalty).

Mark lives in the Lake Claire neighborhood of Atlanta with his wife, daughter, three dogs, two cats, and the occasional foster dog or two.

Practice Areas

In the past several years, Mark has built strong civil rights, personal injury, and appellate practices, litigating claims in state and federal courts.

Civil Rights

Mark has litigated over three dozen federal civil right lawsuits on the plaintiff and defense side, he has recovered over $4.5 million for his clients in civil rights actions, and he has been certified by two federal judges as class counsel in civil rights class action cases.

Mark’s extensive civil rights practice includes class action civil rights cases (mass illegal searches and unconstitutional detentions); wrongful death actions on behalf of inmates; police brutality and excessive force; illegal police shootings; police pursuits resulting in catastrophic in jury and death; illegal arrests; malicious prosecutions; illegal police surveillance cases; First Amendment retaliation actions; and prisoner cases challenging use of force by jailers or corrections officers, failures to protect inmates from harm, deliberate indifference to inmate medical needs, and illegal prison conditions.

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

Mark regularly handles personal injury matters ranging from soft tissue accidents to catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Mark’s personal injury practice includes premises liability/slip and fall cases; automobile accident cases; medical malpractice cases; insurance coverage cases; nuisance and land use cases; defamation (slander and libel) cases; contract dispute cases; and various types of business litigation cases.

Appeals

In his appellate practice, Mark services his trial-level clients as well as clients who hire him to handle their appeals exclusively. Mark has handled dozens of appeals in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Please judge Mark’s appellate work for yourself. You can hear mark’s argument at the Eleventh Circuit in December of 2019 HERE where he successfully argued that a Cobb County jailer should not be protected by qualified immunity after he threw an older detainee across a jail call. Or you can read the 2018 Georgia Court of Appeals opinion HERE where Mark successfully had his client’s criminal gang act conviction reversed because the Atlanta Police Department committed a Brady violation, failing to turn over exculpatory evidence.

Main Practice Areas

  • Civil rights
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death
  • Appeals

Court Admissions:

All State and Appellate Courts in Georgia

  • Georgia State and Superior Courts
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia

All Federal Courts in Georgia

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • United State Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit