Mark A. Correro

Attorney Mark A. Correro

I am Houston Criminal Attorney Mark A. Correro and I have dedicated my entire legal career to representing the people of Texas against a wide range of criminal charges. Before beginning my practice, I completed my education at the South Texas College of Law, where I received my Juris Doctorate. During my time in law school, I served as an articles editor for the South Texas Law Review and an intern for Chief Justice Frank Evans at the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.

Working hard through my time in law school, I was included on the Dean's Honor List and was given a number of great honors including the Professor Barber Distinguished Service Award and an article I wrote was given the Clements, O'Neil, Pierce & Nickens award for Best Article on Federal law. I was also a Langdell Scholar in Constitutional Law and have since published over 14 legal articles, including Why Neuroscience Matters for a Rational Drug Policy, for the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology (11.1 MINN. J.L. SCI. & TECH. 11 [Winter 2010]).

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION

  • Texas Qualified Mediator, Frank Evans Center for Legal Responsibility, Houston, Texas
  • Certified Attorney Ad Litem

EMPLOYMENT

  • Founder and Partner, Stornello & Correro, PLLC, Houston, Texas, 2009–Present
  • General Counsel, Masterplan, Dallas, Texas, 2009—Present
  • Associate, Greenberg Traurig, L.L.P., Houston, Texas, 2006–2008
  • Associate, Berg & Androphy, P.C., Houston, Texas, 2004–2006
  • Law Clerk, Berg & Androphy, P.C., Houston, Texas, 2003–2004
  • Law Clerk, First Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas, 2003

EXPERIENCE

  • Successful dismissal and expunction of felony retaliation charges filed against a VP for an international energy firm.
  • General Counsel for Masterplan which provides professional consultation to businesses, individuals, utilities and government agencies in all matters relating to land use, including zoning, subdivisions, building permits and other development approvals.
  • At Greenberg Traurig, led the crisis management and ensuing litigation involving an international seismic exploration company's operations in Angola, Africa. While exploring for reserves in northern Angola, 3 of the company's employees were kidnapped and 1 was executed by a guerrilla army. The slain employee's widow sued in state labor court in Fortaleza, Brazil. Because of the unique nature of the court's rules, the company had less than 2 weeks to respond or face default for millions. Mr. Correro put together a response team, which was spread out on 3 continents, resourced local counsel, and spent over a week on the ground in Brazil gathering facts and evidence, answered the law suit, and transferred the case to a more favorable jurisdiction. While managing the entire process, he made sure that everything was expertly translated from Portuguese to English so that key company executives were kept vested in the process.
  • Key member of the Greenberg team that successfully represented Kansas City Southern in arbitration of post-acquisition claims against Mexican maritime transportation company Grupo TMM. After the AAA Centre for International Dispute Resolution sustained KCS's challenge to TMM's second party-appointed arbitrator, the parties settled. KCS succeeded in recovering $39 million of a $54 million escrow, under a contractual formula that would have required KCS to prove $80 million in damages. TMM (represented by David Boies) settled TMM's
  • $96 million claims against KCS for $1.2 million.
  • Key member of the Greenberg team that successfully enjoined foreclosure and obtained $35-million reduction in claims by London-based steel supplier against Indian-owned steel production companies in Texas litigation and Swedish ICC arbitration proceedings.
  • Key member of the Greenberg team that won arbitration summary judgment for Kansas City Southern Railroad that multiple-well articulated cars are to be counted as a single car under trackage agreement.
  • Key member of the Greenberg team that won a $4.5 million arbitration award in favor of a broker-dealer. The client retained us after a trial on the merits where the jury found against the broker-dealer and awarded the plaintiff $4.5 million.
  • Key member of the Berg & Androphy team representing Defendant Deutsche Bank in Enron Class Action in the Southern District of Texas. United States District Judge Melinda Harmon granted summary judgment and the case against Deutsche Bank was dismissed.
  • Lead Berg & Androphy team defending corporation's president charged by the SEC in a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme and succeeded in convincing the district court for the Southern District of California that our client could invoke the Fifth Amendment in a civil case and refuse to turn over the company's books and records.
  • Pro Bono Publico .
    • The Children's Center, Inc .
      • Successfully obtained Texas guardianship for a minor in the Office of Refugee Resettlement ("ORR"). This landmark decision was the first time a Texas state district court exercised jurisdiction, granted guardianship, and prevented ICE from forcibly removing an unrepresented minor from the United States.
      • Acted as external general counsel for The Children's Center, Inc. and achieved successful outcomes including:
        • Led internal investigation to resolve employee complaints about various employment related claims and potential liabilities involving employee alcohol consumption; supervised outside counsel; formed Internal Review Board; and successfully closed matter with executive action plan without incident;
      • The Children's Center Inc. v. Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services Inc., et al., Cause No. 09-cv-0290, In the 212tH District Court, Galveston County, Texas (led internal investigation, supervised outside counsel, and obtained a $150,000.00 settlement for unpaid Ike damage to the Albertine Yeager Youth Crisis Center);
      • Herman L. Norton v. The Children's Center and Nicolas Gomez , Cause No. 4:08-cv-02937, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas (led internal investigation, supervised outside counsel, and obtained successful resolution of employment and discrimination claims in mediation without trial).
  • Successfully represented Holocaust survivors in obtaining reparations from the German government.

HONORS

  • Texas Top Lawyers 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers® list for 2014 (limited to no more than 5% of attorneys statewide)
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (limited to the top 1/3 of 1% of attorneys in Texas)
  • Houston Young Lawyer's Bar Foundation, 2008 Fellowship Nomination
  • Nominated for the Texas Bar Foundation Award for Most Outstanding Legal Article
  • Houston Bar Foundation Award for Most Outstanding Legal Article
  • Clair E. Getty, Jr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Legal Writing
  • Clements, O'Neill, Pierce, Wilson & Fulkerson, LLP Award for Best Article on Federal Law
  • 2016 America's Most Honored Professionals Award - American Registry

EDUCATION

  • South Texas College of Law , Houston, Texas Juris Doctor, May 2004
    • Dean's Honor List
    • Top 17% of class
    • SOUTH TEXAS LAW REVIEW, Assistant Articles Editor ; Professor Barber Distinguished Service Award
    • Langdell Scholar, Constitutional Law
    • Phi Delta Phi, Vice Magister
  • East Texas Baptist University , Marshall, Texas Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Marketing minor), Dec. 1995
    • Dean's List with Honors; Fred Hale Business Scholarship; Varsity Soccer

TREATISE EDITOR

Mark A. Correro, Chapter IX: Criminal Antitrust Enforcement, in ANTITRUST LAW DEVELOPMENTS (7th ed.) (2008).

LAW PUBLICATIONS

Mark A. Correro, et al., Why Neuroscience Matters for a Rational Drug Policy, 11.1

MINN. J.L. SCI. & TECH. 11 (Winter 2010) (co-authored with David Eagleman, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and New York Times bestselling author. At Baylor, he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. His work of fiction, SUM, is an international bestseller published in 27 languages. His latest book, the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience "under the hood" of the conscious mind—that is, all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access. He has also been named a Guggenheim Fellow.) (full-text is available for download: http://mjlst.umn.edu/previousissues/vol11iss1/home.html).

Mark A. Correro, The Lopez/Morrison Limitation on the Commerce Clause—Fact or

Fabrication? 13 THE DIGEST 17 (2007) (published by Syracuse Law School).

Mark A. Correro, Get a Divorce—Become a Felon: United States v. Emerson, 270 F.3d

203 (5th Cir. 2001), 45 S. TEX. L. REV. 419 (2004).

Mark A. Correro, et al., Whistleblower & Federal Qui Tam Litigation—Suing the

Corporation for Fraud, 45 S. TEX. L. REV. 23 (2003).

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Mark A. Correro, et al., Twombly Pleading Standard Satisfied in the Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation, The Transportation Industry Committee of the Section of Antitrust Law (American Bar Association) Winter 2009, at 12.

Mark A. Correro, et al., A Q&A Guide to Dispute Resolution in the United States, Dispute Resolution (Practical Law Co. 2008/2009).

Mark A. Correro, et al., Sherman Act Violation: Alaska-Rent-Car, Sherman Act Section

1 Committee (American Bar Association) Vol. 5, No. 3, Spring 2008, at 29.

Mark A. Correro, et al., Agreements in the Marine Hose Investigation, in ANTITRUST

LAW DEVELOPMENTS (7th ed.) (2008).

Mark A. Correro, et al., Ruling Allows Grand Jury Witnesses Access to Their

Testimony, Greenberg Traurig LLP Litigation Alert (2007).

Mark A. Correro, et al., Joining Non-Signatories to an Arbitration: Recent

Developments, In-House Perspective, Vol. 3, Iss. 3 (August 2007).

Mark A. Correro, et al., The Perils of Off-Label Marketing—Navigating the FDA's

Regulatory Minefield, 148 SCRIPT MAGAZINE 43 (September 2005).

Mark A. Correro, et al., Federal Qui Tam (False Claims) Litigation: The Government's

W a tchdog, 42 HOUS. LAWYER No. 4 (2005).

Mark A. Correro, et al., An Update: Whistleblower and Federal Qui Tam Litigation— Suing the Corporation for Fraud, 34 FALSE CL. ACT AND QUI TAM Q. REV. 63 (2005) (reprinted with permission of South Texas Law Review).

Mark A. Correro, Criminal Violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, in

WHITE COLLAR CRIME, 2d ed. (West Publishing 2004).

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Mark A. Correro, Avoiding Malpractice and Ethics Violations in Firearms Matters, What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Firearms Law, Texas State Bar MCLE Course No. 901246096 (September 28, 2012, San Antonio, Texas);

Mark A. Correro, The False Claims Act in Whistleblower Litigation, National Employment Lawyers Association 2009 Annual Convention (June 2009, Rancho Mirage, California);

Mark A. Correro, J. M. Salvage, R. Livingston & R. Gray, The Aphasia Screening test for Older Children: A Quantitative Approach (1998) (research paper presented at the annual convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association in New Orleans, Louisiana).

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES

  • National
    • Member of the Board of Directors, National Italian American Bar Association, 2006—2010
    • Committee Member, Young Professionals for Aspiring Youth, 2006—2008
  • Texas
    • Chairman, Board of Directors, The Children's Center, Inc., 2010–2011
    • Member, Board of Directors, The Children's Center, Inc., 2007–2011
    • Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas
    • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • Member, Juvenile Consequences Committee, 2010–2011
    • Associate Editor, The Houston Lawyer, 2007–2010
    • Member, Editorial Board, The Houston Lawyer, 2005–2010
    • Member, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
    • Member, Texas Criminal Lawyers Association
    • Founder & President, Justinian Society of Houston Lawyers
    • Texas Appleseed, School to Prison Pipeline Project