Mark Surprenant joined Adams and Reese in 1977 as an Associate and is a Partner in the firm’s New Orleans office. Mark serves as Practice Team Leader of the Agricultural Chemicals team and as Liaison Partner of the Pro Bono Services Committee.
Since the beginning of his career, Mark has also been dedicated to community service. In 1988, he created HUGS — the firm’s corporate philanthropy program — and in 2000 he established CA&RE — the firm’s official pro bono program. Mark is also the Co-Founder of SOLACE, Inc. (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Concern Encouraged). SOLACE is a statewide volunteer organization with more than 6,000 volunteers. It reaches out to assist those in the legal community who have experienced some significant, potentially life-changing event in their lives.
His other significant contributions include:
- Serving as lead counsel on a number of very significant, high-profile environmental toxic torts and products liability cases pending in a number of states. He deals on a daily basis with cutting edge endocrine disruption science issues and the intricate science behind it. His work in this practice area has enhanced the firm’s reputation on a regional and national level.
- Years of dedicated volunteerism and many contributions to the community. His most recent honors include the "Glass Honoree Award," Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (2014); David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, Louisiana State Bar Association (2014); Loving Cup Award from The Times-Picayune (2013); William Reece Smith, Jr. Special Services Pro Bono Award from the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (2013); Pro Bono Award from the Legal Services Corporation (2013); the Distinguished Donor Award from The Pro Bono Project (2012); Friend of Pro Bono Award from The Pro Bono Project (2011); Presidents Award from the New Orleans Bar Association (2010); Camille F. Gavel, Jr. Pro Bono Award from the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2008); the Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism from the Louisiana State Bar Association (2008); “Role Model of the Year” by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans and “Great Gentleman for 2007” by the East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary.
- Serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Pro Bono Project in New Orleans in 2008. He also serves on the Board of St. Andrew’s Village, which reaches out to assist adults with developmental disabilities, and on the Board of the Catholic Foundation.
- Teaching Environmental Toxic Torts as an adjunct professor at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Mark most admires his wife and best friend, Monica, who have been married since 1975. Monica was the Chair of the Louisiana State Mineral Board and on the Executive Committee of her law firm when she suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2002. Although she is no longer able to practice law, Mark says Monica has lived her life to the fullest with a wonderful positive attitude and has been an inspiration for all.
Mark’s other interests include playing and coaching a number of sports, with his favorite being basketball. Despite his busy law practice, Mark is most proud of his family and the fact that he has always been very involved in family matters.