Mark Wortham: Lawyer with Hall Booth Smith, P.C.

Mark Wortham

Of Counsel
Columbus,  GA  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Correctional Health Care
  • Employment
  • Retail Liability
  • General Liability
  • Long Term Care and Senior Housing Industry
  • Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice
University Augusta College, B.A., 1983
Law SchoolGeorgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, J.D., 1986
Admitted1986, Georgia; 1987, Georgia Supreme Court; 1987, Georgia Court of Appeals; 1988, U.S. District Court, S.D. Georgia; 1991, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; 1991, U.S. District Court, N.D. Georgia; 1996, U.S. District Court, M.D.


DRI, Member 2006-Present, Member Appellate Adovcacy Committee

Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Member 2006-Present, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Chair 2012-Present

The Supreme Court Historical Society, Member 2007-Present

The Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, Member 2000-Present

Atlanta Bar Association, Member 1995-Present

Cobb County Bar Association, Member 1998-Present

Columbus Bar Association, Member 2012-Present

Georgia State House of Representatives, District 39, Precinct Captain 1998-2002

National Republican Lawyers Association, Georgia Chapter, Secretary 2002-2006, Treasurer 2006-2011, Chair 2011-Present

Atlanta Claims Association, Member, 1999-Present, General Counsel - 2010-Present

State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1986-Present, Local and Voluntary Bars Committee,


Mark is peer rated AV with Martindale Hubbell. Mark concentrates on defending hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. He has engaged in a wide variety of litigation including automobile and premises liability, transportation, class action defense, construction defects, products liability, and insurance coverage. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict and judgment and has argued numerous cases before the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Atlanta Claims Association has recently appointed Mark as General Counsel.

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Mark has argued many groundbreaking cases in Georgia's appellate courts including decisions that changed the standard of care for day-care providers, the application of the attorney-client privilege to corporate employees and the manner in which Georgia courts are to apply exceptions to sovereign immunity to the actions of police and fire-fighters.

Correctional Health CareEmployment

Mr. Wortham is committed to helping employers avoid, resolve and prevail in employment disputes involving the full range of employment and labor issues. This includes litigation in state and federal courts and the representation of employers before administrative agencies over claims including: discrimination, harassment, retaliation, accommodation, and state torts such as negligent supervision and hiring, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, defamation, invasion of privacy, and wrongful discharge allegations.

General Liability

Mr. Wortham has handled a wide variety of general liability defense work involving serious injury and death. He has acted as lead counsel to one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers in the defense of products liability class actions and has been national coordinator for playground injury cases for a fast food franchise.

Long Term Care and Senior Housing Industry

Mr. Wortham represents clients in all aspects of long-term care litigation. He is aware of interruptions caused by litigation and works to bring cases to a just resolution.

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Mr. Wortham defends hospitals, physicians, and nurses in medical malpractice actions. He has extensive experience in defending all types of medical malpractice claims. His representation also includes the defense of dentists in actions alleging professional negligence.

Retail Liability

Mark represents numerous national retail stores across the state in premises liability matters, including slip and fall and malicious prosecution cases. He was national coordinating counsel for one of the largest fast food restaurants in the United States, managing discovery and litigation strategy in all 50 states.


Sixth Congressional District Chair, Lawyers for McCain, 2008

Chair, Lawyers for Kemp, Secretary of State

Co-Chair, Elect Kelly Lee, Superior Court Judge


The Layman's Lawyer, Production Committee, Georgia PBS Television, 1997 - 1998

Editorial Board and Contributor, Atlanta Bar Association Newsletter, 1995 - 1998

Blueprint for Atlanta's Success: Problems and Solutions, A Collection of Essays, 2001. Public Parking: An Untapped Resource and Childcare in the 21st Century: Will We be Ready

Advice from George Orwell Can Improve Your Writing in 2008, DRI, For the Defense, Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2008

ABA Tutorial Sides with Plantiff's Bar, McKnight's Long Term Care News, July 2009

The Monkey's Paw and the Punitive Damages Cap, Case Metrix, September 2012


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Appeared on WAIB's TV showLaw & Societyto discuss Long Term Care. Show aired March 2010


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Office Information

Mark Wortham

1037 Front Avenue
ColumbusGA 31901


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