A. Mark Smiling


Smiling, Smiling & Burgess
Bradford Place, Suite 300
9175 South Yale Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74137

Tel: (918)477-7500
Fax: (918)477-7510

Email: slf@smilinglaw.com
Web: www.smilinglaw.com

During his 30 plus years as a trial lawyer practicing in Oklahoma, A Mark Smiling has tried and defended, as the lead attorney, over 400 jury trials, cases involving motor vehicle accidents, trucks, products liability, commercial litigation, nursing home, healthcare, malpractice, white collar crimes, and general insurance law. He has acted in the role of outside trial counsel for defense clients in all types of cases, from catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, to property losses, as well as insurance coverage issues, bad faith litigation, and other property, life and casualty cases. Mr. Smiling has served as counsel for individuals, corporations, insurance carriers, self-insurance groups, and businesses from single owners to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Smiling maintains an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level attainable by a practicing attorney, and the firm has received the distinguished honor from Martindale-Hubble of being selected for The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Mr. Smiling was born in Clinton, North Carolina in 1958 and grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 1980, he graduated from Lee University located in Cleveland, Tennessee, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Political Science. He was a member of Upsilon Xi, President of the Student Body, and President of Phi Beta Lambda. He earned his Juris Doctorate in 1983 from O. W. Colburn School of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is admitted to practice before the Oklahoma Bar, North Carolina Bar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, 10 th Circuit Court of Appeals, Tribal Court in Oklahoma, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and serves as a mediator and arbitrator.

Mr. Smiling was voted in Tulsa People as Tulsa’s Top Lawyer and Super Lawyer, as Selected by Their Peers, as well as listed in Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, Best Law Firms, for general litigation and insurance.

Mr. Smiling is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, International Association of Defense Counsel, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, DRI, Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, and the Tulsa County Bar Association, and the American Trucking Association. Mr. Smiling has volunteered as a judge for moot court competition in Oklahoma and has been a continuing education speaker on Effective Ways of Picking a Jury, Controlling Your Damages at Trial, and Effective Depositions for Lay and Expert Witnesses. Mr. Smiling has had several published decisions by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which have made law for the state in areas such as the zone of danger rule, and case law defining the appropriateness of jurors taking notes in civil jury trials. Mr. Smiling has tried simple jury trials for his clients ranging from one day to complex jury trials in Federal Court expanding four months.

Beyond jury trial work, Mr. Smiling also assists clients in business transactions, real estate, probate, contracts, workers’ compensation, and general personal injury.

Smiling, Smiling & Burgess is proud of its professional service to its clients. The firm primarily serves institutional clients and represents companies and individuals in civil litigation defense, insurance defense, and trials in all federal and state courts. We invite you to examine our firm closely and to share our commitment to excellence in legal representation. Following is a synopsis of our firm’s areas of practice, qualifications, and experience. Over three decades of combined experience and continuous presence confirms our firm’s dedication to establishing long-term client relationships and delivering only the highest quality legal representation. Our firm strives to represent the interests of our clients with integrity while partnering with them to deliver cost-effective, legal assistance. Smiling, Smiling & Burgess is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters.

The firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms. Primerus is comprised of a national network of small to medium sized law firms requiring AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Primerus has approximately 120 firms located in 32 states and 65 cities that share the latest law firm management, technology, consulting information, insurance defense industry standards, and national name recognition.

Smiling, Smiling & Burgess serves primarily the Oklahoma geographical area, but does practice in Missouri and North Carolina.

The firm handles numerous types of civil claims from the preliminary stages through trial and appeal in the following practice areas:

Transportation accident litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, construction litigation, medical and professional liability, insurance agent errors and omissions, life and health insurance law, insurance property and casualty defense, insurance coverage, excess claims, commercial litigation, real estate and title law, workers’ compensation, and premises liability. Members of the firm also handle Family Law, Adoptions and Criminal Law.

Firm lawyers contribute to the publication of materials relevant to the interests of the industries within the firm’s areas of practice. We also engage in instructional and educational presentations to enhance these industries’ knowledge of the law and how it applies to business and safety practices.