Mark D.  Hess


Phone: 205-502-0138
Fax: 205-278-8763

Office: Birmingham

Areas of Practice:
Appellate Advocacy
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
State and Local Government

Admitted In:

J.D., University of Alabama, Order of the Barristers, Bench and Bar, John A. Campbell National Moot Court Team, Associate Editor, Law and Psychology Review, Edward M. Friend, Jr., Award, 1987; B.A., University of Alabama in Huntsville, with honors, 1984

Additional Information:
Civic and Professional Affiliations Publications and Speeches

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Mark D. Hess

Biographical Information

Mark Hess has a state-wide practice that focuses on insurance litigation, including the defense of insurers against extra-contractual claims, first-party and third-party insurance claims, coverage disputes and professional malpractice defense. He also has significant experience in public law litigation matters, and maintains an extensive appellate practice.

Mr. Hess has substantial government experience. From 1987 – 1988 he was a Law Clerk to Senior United States District Judge Robert E. Varner, Middle District of Alabama, and was invited to join the legal staff of the Governor of Alabama, where he served in various capacities from 1989 – 1992, culminating in his appointment as Legal Advisor/General Counsel and Interim Chief of Staff to the Governor. In those roles, he specialized in education and education finance, voter registration and redistricting, and was involved in state and federal constitutional litigation. He recently served for 8 years as an Administrative Law Judge/Fair Hearing Officer for the Alabama State Health Planning and Development Agency.

Mr. Hess is an active lecturer on civil litigation matters, including discovery, evidentiary and procedural issues in insurance fraud and bad faith defense, introductory and intermediate level courses in handing and litigating UM/UIM claims and trial strategy. He serves on the Amicus Curiae Brief Committee of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and is also active in civic affairs. Mr. Hess has been recognized for insurance and appellate law in the Birmingham Business Journal's"Best of the Bar" and in The Best Lawyers in America.


Best Lawyers In America©, Insurance Law
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Best Lawyers In America© 2018 Edition, Insurance Law