Mark B. Holton

Of Counsel
Direct Dial: 203.364.5177
Mobile: 203.610.3101

 Mark Holton is a veteran litigator who has handled all manner of business disputes and complex commercial and financial matters. Subjects have included securities litigation, class action defense, RICO, insurance/reinsurance, accounting malpractice, legal malpractice and First Amendment law. Settings have included federal and state courts, bankruptcy court, arbitral forums and mediation.

He has over twenty-five years of experience, having served as a partner of Stone, Pigman, Walther & Wittman LLP in New Orleans, thereafter as a partner for eight years in the New York office of the global law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and most recently as a partner with Grais & Ellsworth LLP in New York. Clients have included investment banks, insurance brokers, insurance and reinsurance firms, accounting firms, consulting firms, law firms, the federal government, and major news media organizations.

He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School where he served on the Law Review and was awarded Order of the Coif. He also graduated from Harvard College, cum laude.  Immediately following law school, Mark clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the late Honorable Morey L. Sear.

Mark is licensed in New York and Louisiana and has been admitted to the following federal courts:  the Southern District of New York; the Eastern District of Louisiana; the Middle District of Louisiana; and the Western District of Louisiana. He has appeared in state and federal courts in New York, Louisiana, Connecticut, California, Washington, Delaware, Maryland, Indiana, Alabama, Texas, Colorado and Nevada.

  • In one of the first cases alleging “consulting malpractice,” obtained dismissal of RICO claims against IT consulting firm.
  • Defended major investment bank in 300 putative class actions asserting securities claims for alleged misrepresentations in connection with initial public offerings of internet stocks.
  • Defended major insurance broker in putative class action asserting claims for alleged misrepresentations relating to the payment of contingent commissions.
  • Represented major reinsurance firm in connection with the resolution of multi-billion-dollar workers compensation carveout insurance and reinsurance claims (Unicover).
  • Represented institutional investors and federal government agency in asserting securities claims based upon clients’ investments in residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • Defeated attempt by the subject of a report by a national television news magazine to enjoin broadcast of the report over national television network.

Mark is co-author of Chapters 2 and 7 of Securities Litigation, A Practitioner’s Guide, Practicing Law Institute, 2006, 1st ed.