Mark Bankston

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Mark is one of the state’s premier young litigators, having secured a series of noteworthy victories at the trial and appellate level. Since joining the firm in 2010, Mark has helped hundreds of the firm’s clients ensure that wrong-doers are held accountable. His work takes him across the nation as he helps fight for clients in dozens of state and federal courts against some of America’s largest corporate defendants. Mark’s chief concern as an attorney is the protection of working families, and his practice areas have been focused in the areas of corporate negligence, automotive defects, and hazardous medical devices. In 2015, Mark was a leading figure in the creation of national Multi-District Litigation to address a dangerous surgical device known as the “Bair Hugger.” Due to Mark’s pioneering work, thousands of these injured patients nationwide have been given an opportunity for justice.

Mark is a proud resident of Houston’s historic Second Ward, where he lives with his wife Elizabeth, a criminal defense attorney, and their son Ben. In his free time, Mark enjoys digital music production and Roman history, but his favorite hobby remains making life difficult for the powers that be.

Professional Activities and Affiliations
  • Licensed, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Member, Harris County Democratic Party
Education
  • B.A., History, University of Texas, 2003
  • J.D, South Texas College of Law, 2009

Video & Visuals

Tire Demo without Nylon Wedge

This video animation demonstrates how steel belts inside a tire without a nylon wedge can generate dangerous amounts of friction. Learn More

Michelin Tire Recommendations

Corporate tire industry video documents safety concerns when two new tires are mounted on back of vehicle. Learn More

Tire Demo with Belt Wedge

This demonstrative evidence video animation is used to show jurors the components of a tire and illustrates how tires without “belt wedges” can generate dangerous friction between the steel belts. Learn More

Modern Tire Diagram

This demonstrative evidence image shows a cross section of a modern tire with liners, belts, nylon overlay and undertread. Learn More

Replacing Tires Guidelines

Corporate tire industry video explains safety and performance issues when only two tires are replaced on a vehicle, and how vehicle handling is affected by placement of tires. Learn More

Tread Separation Test

Video created by Carr Engineering Inc. to document a tread separation test with a Ford Explorer. Test shows that even an expert driver with knowledge that a tread separation event is imminent still cannot maintain control of the vehicle. Learn More

Tire Demo with Nylon Over Wrap

A video animation used as demonstrative evidence to illustrate for jurors the components of a tire, including belts, liners and tread base. This animation demonstrates how two belt liners rubbing together can create friction that leads to tire failure. Learn More

Ford Explorer Crash Testing

Short video documenting an SUV on a test track flipping and rolling, then crashing into a guard rail. Learn More

Nylon Safety Strips

Demonstrative evidence illustration used to explain to jurors the components of a tire designed with nylon safety strips in addition to steel belts. Learn More

Nylon Safety Belt

Side-by-side demonstrative evidence used to explain to jurors the differences between a cap ply tire with a nylon safety belt compared to a traditional steel-belted tire. Learn More

Mercury Mountaineer Tire Testing

Demonstrative evidence showing three different camera angles of a 2001 Mercury Moutaineer performing a controlled maneuver with a defective tire. Learn More

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