J. Mark Smith
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Mr. Smith has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1999. He has worked on both sides of the bar – representing plaintiffs in cases involving employment law, contract disputes, personal injury claims, and other legal matters and businesses as general counsel. Since 2004, he has represented Harris County Emergency Corps (“HCEC”), formerly Harris County Emergency Services District No. 1, a premier EMS agency in Southeast Texas. During that time, he served as Vice President of Administration and General Counsel for the organization of 200+ employees and volunteers and serving more than 400,000 residents of Harris County, Texas. Since returning to private practice, Mark has added a number of small businesses to his growing practice. Mr. Smith is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), which exemplifies his expertise to help small and mid-size businesses with their employment-related legal and general business issues.
Mr. Smith is General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors for Harris County Emergency Corps (a nonprofit 911 EMS agency), General Counsel and Director for the Board of Directors for the Outdoor Association for Texas Heroes, Inc. (OATH) (a nonprofit focused on helping disabled veterans through outdoor recreational activities), General Counsel and Secretary for the Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts (a non-profit granting scholarships for students in the fine or performing arts), and General Counsel and Secretary for Aggies Helping Others (a charitable non-profit of former Texas A&M MBA graduates). A graduate of Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School with an MBA, Mr. Smith serves as a class agent and keeps in frequent contact with his classmates. He is also a sports and fitness enthusiast, having participated in several races including the Tough Mudder, the Spartan Race, and others.

Other Certifications:
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
  • Myers Briggs Typology Indicator (MBTI)
Professional Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Society of Human Resources Management
  • HR Houston
  • Pearland Chamber of Commerce
  • Brazoria County Bar Association
  • Texas EMS Alliance
  • Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts (SAFE-D)
  • State Firefighter’s and Fire Marshal’s Association
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
Leadership in the Community:
  • Pearland Foundation For The Performing And Visual Arts (2014 - 2018)
    • Vice Chairman/Secretary & General Counsel (2014-2015)
    • Chairman (2016)
    • Immediate Past Chairman (2017)
  • Outdoor Association For True Heroes, Inc. (OATH) (2013 - Present)
    • Director & General Counsel
  • Aggies Helping Others (February 2015 - Present)
    • Director & General Counsel
  • Houston Technology Center - South (February 2015 - 2018)
    • Advisor
  • The Foundation For Creative Leadership (February 2015 - Present)
    • Co-founder, Director & General Counsel
Leadership in the Community, Continued:
  • The Pearland Chamber of Commerce (January 2016 - Present)
    • Chair Elect (2019-Present)
    • Vice-Chair of Governance (2017-2018)
    • Director
  • Keep Pearland Beautiful (March 2016 - Present)
    • Chair Elect (2019-Present)
    • Director (2016-2018)
  • Forgotten Angels Foundation (2016 - 2018)
    • Director
Publications and Presentations:
  • When Patients Say No: EMS Liability for Patient Refusals, Texas EMS Conference (November 2018)
  • EMS Liabilities, 17th Annual SAFE-D Conference (February 2018)
  • EMS Billing and Compliance, 17th Annual SAFE-D Conference (February 2018)
  • When Patients Say No: EMS Liability for Patient Refusals, Texas EMS Conference (November 2017)
  • Are They Really Exempt: FLSA Classification Issues, LegalKwik, HR Houston (October 2017)
  • FLSA Overview and the New Overtime Rules, Presentation at Texas Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues (May 2017)
  • When Patients Say No: Handling Patient Refusals in EMS, Presentation to American Ambulance Association (November 2016)
  • FLSA Overview and the New Overtime Rules, Presentation to Meador Staffing (October 2016)
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at HR Southwest (October 2016).
  • HIPAA/HITECH Security Rule, Presentation at EMS Evolution (June 2016)
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at Texas Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues (May 2016).
  • Employment Exams: How Fire Departments May Fail the Test, Texas Firefighter Magazine (October 2015).
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at HR Southwest (October 2015).
  • Strategic Planning and Execution for HR Professionals, Presentation at HR Southwest (October 2015).
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at Texas Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues (May 2015).
  • Texas Payroll Law, Presentation at Galveston County Small Business Development Corporation (April 2015)
  • Texas Estate Planning Basics, Presentation at Pearland Senior Expo (March 2015).
  • If You Build It: Texas Business Formation, Presentation at Galveston County Small Business Development Corporation (August 2014)
  • Texas Employment Laws, Presentation at Galveston County Small Business Development Corporation (August 2014)
  • Hiring Right: Tips for Building a High Performance Team, Presentation at Pearland Chamber of Commerce – Wisdom on Wednesdays (July 2014)
  • EMS Patient Refusals, (July 2, 2014).
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at Texas Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues (May 2014).
Representative Experience:
  • Representing one of the largest emergency medical services agencies in Southeast Texas (a non-profit corporation)
  • Representing a large, non-profit community health network in Brazoria and Galveston Counties
  • Representing a small municipality in Fort Bend County, Texas as city attorney
  • Representing numerous small businesses as outside general counsel

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