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Mark L. Parisi Partner

 
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.7180Fax 215.789.7680
parisim@whiteandwilliams.com
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Mark Parisi is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Construction and Surety Group. 

Mark's practice gravitated very early on to construction litigation. At first, he worked mostly on construction accident cases. Later, he developed proficiency in construction defect litigation which is now his main focus. He has extensive experience in EIFS and conventional stucco litigation, moisture intrusion cases, mold cases and matters involving all manner of structural issues, concrete issues and sinking buildings relative to both commercial and residential construction. His thorough understanding of construction contracting issues, the mechanics of construction and project management, and construction law enables him to handle litigation involving the entire universe of construction defect and construction accident claims. Mark represents general contractors, construction managers, engineers and architects, subcontractors and construction material manufacturers and suppliers, as well as owners.

Clients call upon Mark to handle significant matters all over the country. His construction defect work is thus not only regional to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, but he has also handled substantial matters in Texas, Nevada, Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New York, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Illinois. His outstanding ability to negotiate and resolve cases, as well as try them, is well known and makes him particularly valuable to his clients because of that versatility.

Far from being one-dimensional, Mark also has an active caseload that includes significant general liability, product liability, and defamation litigation. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania before all state and federal courts and is also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. When necessary, he obtains admission, pro hac vice, in other jurisdictions. 

Representative Matters

  • Defense counsel for eight years, retained by seven different insurance companies, to defend a leading Philadelphia area home developer in over 200 individual stucco claims involving dozens of different homeowner attorneys; in parallel litigation that we did not handle, these claims led to the leading appellate construction defect insurance coverage decision in Pennsylvania and one of the more significant recent coverage decisions in the country
  • Defense counsel for a developer and general contractor in litigation in Baldwin County, Alabama involving multiple construction defect claims in five high-rise condominium buildings in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama; successfully resolved a middle eight-figure case for a fraction of the claimed damages, and secured substantial contributions from subcontractors, design professionals and manufacturers
  • Successful defense and very successful resolution of a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania developer and general contractor in one of the first EIFS construction defect cases in Pennsylvania, involving 140 single-family homes
  • Served as the litigation consultant to our insurance company client's local counsel in Austin, Texas for two years in defending a first-tier subcontractor in a multiple construction defect claim involving an entire townhouse condominium neighborhood; our efforts were instrumental in resolving this multi eight-figure case with a unique blend of money from insurers of all contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and manufacturers, first-party insurers, and a private investor who bought the entire neighborhood at a discount after the insurance money was contributed; the private investor then remediated and resold the neighborhood
  • Represented an insurance company client as its last minute negotiator in round-the-clock, courthouse steps mediation in Denver, Colorado, resolving multi-million dollar claims against the developer and general contractor of a townhouse neighborhood involving multiple construction defects; successful in resolving this case for just a small portion of the claimed damages, and secured substantial contributions to the overall settlement from other subcontractors, design professionals and manufacturers involved in the project

Recognition & Involvement

Mark is AV® Preeminent™ rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system and is recognized as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Construction Law based on his AV® Preeminent™ rating. From 2004 to 2007, Mark was selected in a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics magazine.

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Pennsylvania

Pro hac vice

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Temple University School of Law, JD, 1981

Amherst College, cum laude, 1978

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