Mark Holden


Mark Holden


Although Mark Holden only recently graduated from Harvard Law School, he has already gained significant courtroom experience, including second-chairing a $20 million race discrimination trial last year.  His practice focuses on all types of commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the country, including complex breach of contract and fraud cases, trademark infringement, the False Claims Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, executive employment disputes, discrimination claims under both state and federal civil rights law (representing both plaintiffs and defendants), and appeals.  He has handled depositions, hearings, and trials, not to mention significant motion to dismiss, summary judgment, and pre-trial briefing.

Representative matters include:

  • Obtained a complete defense victory for a major pipeline company in two separate rounds of summary judgment motions in a multimillion-dollar commercial dispute in Texas state court.  All of the plaintiff’s summary judgment motions were denied, and the defendant’s sole motion for summary judgment was granted, zeroing out the plaintiff’s damages.  The plaintiff sought an interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s ruling, and Mr. Holden also successfully briefed the appellate court’s denial of this request.
  • Represented National Oilwell Varco (“NOV”) in a $20 million race discrimination case that was tried to a Harris County jury in 2016.  Mr. Holden second-chaired the trial, which ended in a total jury verdict for NOV.  Mr. Holden also handled significant pre-trial work and trial preparation in this case, including NOV’s successful opposition, through briefing and expert testimony, to repeated motions for sanctions filed by the plaintiff.
  • Represents a Houston-based software company in an ongoing breach of contract dispute in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Represents a major German bank in $40 million fraud case against Wells Fargo brought in federal district court in New York.  Handled significant aspects of summary judgment and sanctions briefing and argument, the latter of which resulted in an award of substantial sanctions for Mr. Holden’s client.
  • Authored an amicus brief for a client supporting Enterprise Products Partners, which asked a Texas appellate court to overturn a $535 million judgment. The case was covered in the Law360 story “$535M Texas Case Not Done Reshaping Pipeline Contracts” (subscription required) which noted that AZA’s client argued that “the verdict threatens to chill joint venture formation in Texas, which it says in turn would hurt the state economy.”
  • Represented major insurer in connection with ERISA-related appellate briefing before the Fifth Circuit.
  • Represents the American Automobile Association in numerous trademark disputes throughout the State of Texas.

Mr. Holden graduated cum laude from Harvard Law, where he earned Dean’s Scholar Awards in Corporations and Food & Drug Law.  He also was a managing editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and made the qualifying round of the Ames Moot Court Competition.


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  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2014
    • Dean’s Scholar Awards, Corporations and Food & Drug Law
    • Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Managing Editor
    • Ames Moot Court Competition (2012–2013) (qualifying round)
    • HLS Trial Advocacy Workshop
    • HLS Mississippi Delta Project, Volunteer
  • Columbia University, B.A. Political Science, cum laude, 2009
    • Departmental Honors, Political Science, 2009
    • Dean’s List 2006–2009
    • Activities: Columbia Daily Spectator, Online Editor and Opinion Columnist


  • State Bar of Texas


  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


  •  FDA-EPA Public Health Guidance on Fish Consumption: A Case Study on Informal Interagency Cooperation in “Shared Regulatory Space,” Food & Drug L.J. 70:1 (April 2015).
  • Review of Is Democracy Exportable?, Zoltan Barany and Robert G. Moser, eds., International Affairs 86:4 (July 2010).
  • Review of Violence and Social Orders by Douglass C. North et al., International Affairs 86:3 (May 2010).



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