Attorney Profile


Mark McGrath is not just another freelance lawyer or legal research provider. He is a practicing attorney who currently operates The McGrath Firm, a high-profile litigation practice that handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the state of North Carolina. He is a seasoned attorney with over 25 years of experience litigating complex cases in the courts of North Carolina and New York.

Mark is originally a native of Western New York. He now lives in Carrboro. Mark attended high school outside of Rochester where he quarterbacked and later captained two undefeated state champion football teams. He stayed close to home following high school and attended the University of Rochester, studying English and History. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1984, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in history and a minor in English.

Mark relocated to Chapel Hill following his undergraduate studies where he entered the graduate program in History. Mark received a Master’s Degree from UNC in 1986. Mark entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988 to attend law school. While there he was named to the Dean’s List six out of six semesters, served on The North Carolina Law Review, and graduated in the top 12% of his class. During the summers Mark clerked at large law firms in Raleigh, Richmond and New York where he developed extensive experience conducting legal research and drafting legal documents. He graduated from law school in 1991.

Following law school, over a period of eleven years, Mark worked for three large, nationally renowned commercial firms located in Raleigh, Charlotte and New York. There his practice focused on the litigation of large, complex commercial cases and the defense of businesses and insurance companies in tort cases. He focused the majority of his practice defending catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death suits. These included trucking accidents, construction site accidents, industrial accidents and other high-end injury cases.

In 2002 Mark joined the firm of Faison & Gillespie, then the largest personal injury and medical malpractice firm in the state. After two years of hard work, Mark was made a partner with the firm. At Faison & Gillespie Mark represented plaintiffs in medical malpractice and nursing home negligence cases, earning large settlements on behalf of his clients. He also represented injured workers in third party workplace actions, clients who had been injured in electrical accidents, and clients who pursued civil actions arising from criminal incidents. As the attorney primarily responsible for these cases, Mark saw to it that his cases stayed on schedule through discovery and motions practice. He brought numerous cases to successful conclusion and won settlements that frequently ranked among the highest in the state during a given year.

In 2006, Mark left Faison & Gillespie to form Jensen McGrath Podgorny, a firm specializing in catastrophic personal injury litigation. At JMP Mark was involved in winning numerous settlements that ranked among the highest in the state for that year. In 2010 John Jensen left the law firm, but it continued as McGrath Podgorny. McGrath Podgorny continued the tradition of handling high profile, high stakes injury cases, and winning large and successful resolutions on these claims. Mark left the firm 2012 to care for a critically ill child. He has been itching for a return to the practice of law ever since.

Mark has argued motions at hearings in courtrooms across New York and North Carolina, personally handled matters before the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and has argued cases in the appellate courts of New York and North Carolina. Over the course of his career he has interviewed hundreds of witnesses, taken scores of depositions (including numerous doctors and expert witnesses), drafted and responded to complex discovery, and conducted focus groups and mock trials to test the merits of cases to determine case strength and value for purposes of settlement and trial. Mark has spoken regularly before groups of lawyers regarding personal injury and wrongful death litigation issues. Mark has been named a North Carolina Super Lawyer four times by Super Lawyer Magazine.

Mark has written dozens of articles for legal publications relating to personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Prior to his leave of absence Mark was a regular contributor to North Carolina Lawyers Weekly where he wrote a regular series, The Practical Litigator. Two of his pieces have been cited by articles appearing the North Carolina Law Review. He has worked to become a highly respected litigator with a statewide reputation and an accomplished authority on personal injury and wrongful death litigation matters.

His combination of big firm experience and his time in the trenches handling high stakes, big dollar personal injury cases make him the ideal person to handle overflow work on behalf of your firm. It would be his honor to put that experience to work for you.

Many of Mark’s articles appear on this site to provide a flavor of his writing abilities. In addition to his legal writing, Mark is an in-demand freelance writer who has authored numerous human interest and sports feature articles that have appeared in magazines and newspapers across the state of North Carolina. Mark has also drafted the content for half a dozen law firm web sites over the past few years and has drafted hundreds of blog posts and tweets for North Carolina law firms.