Mark M. Wall

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Mark M. Wall

A Shareholder in the Litigation Group, Mark M. Wall brings a commitment to quality and a strong work ethic to everything he does. As an attorney, his practice emphasis includes general commercial and real property litigation. Mark, his wife, Sue, and their children live across the Bay, in Largo, not far from where Mark went to high school. Mark serves as a vibrant, active force in his volunteer efforts in the Pinellas County community.

Mark is originally from Philadelphia. Upon moving to Florida, Mark's father owned a successful air-conditioning and refrigeration repair business and his mother managed a large condominium on the beach. Mark credits his parents for many things, including the strong work ethic they demonstrated and instilled in him from a young age. "I always had jobs growing up. I was always juggling school, sports practices and running off to a part-time job of some kind, like delivering newspapers after school for the old Philadelphia Bulletin."

Mark grew up with a deep sense of patriotism, which contributed to his decision to serve honorably on active duty in the U.S. Army, following his graduation from the University of Florida. In a way, this was one of his first commitments of service to the community. Mark then returned to Pennsylvania to attend law school at Dickinson, but the allure of our local climate and opportunities drew Mark home to the St. Petersburg area to begin his professional life.

Community involvement is something that fuels Mark's energy and is an area of his life in which he is passionate. "Our family has benefited so much from living in such a great community, it is only natural to want to give back in whatever ways we can," he shares. "And the culture of our firm supports that 100%."

For the past several years, Mark has served as a member of the Corporate Associates Executive Committee for Morton Plant Mease Foundation in Clearwater. This group provides philanthropic support to Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant and Morton Plant North Bay hospitals.

"As a community-based, not-for-profit health system, support of the Foundation is more important than ever," shares Mark. "The changing climate of health care has created challenging times for hospitals, particularly not-for-profit health care providers. Our community is privileged to have such excellent health care available. All three of our children were born at Morton Plant. It is an honor to help rally our efforts to support these fine hospitals."

In addition to health care, Mark is equally enthusiastic about education and literacy, as demonstrated by his recent service on the Board of Directors for the Greater Largo Public Library Foundation. In this role, he has provided counsel and professional advice on various issues the Library faces. The Foundation has an established record of raising funds to support needs that cannot be met through public sources.

Another area of education in which Mark is presently engaged is his role as Chair of the Hill Ward Henderson Scholarship Committee. When the firm celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2006, a Scholarship Program was launched to honor local high school students and to provide financial assistance for college. Mark has found this to be a very rewarding experience as the committee reviews the many essays and applications from students applying for the annual scholarship.

"There are so many deserving young people in our community," he shares. "The foundation of our scholarship has been built by individual attorneys, staff and friends of the firm who sacrifice their dollars and time. I am proud to be with a firm where people genuinely care and give back to others."

A very worthwhile experience for Mark was being a part of the Leadership Pinellas program, from which he graduated in 2008. Mark was the first HWH attorney to participate in this program, demonstrating the firm's commitment for its attorneys to bridge the Bay in community involvement, and not just in professional services. Mark enjoys reflecting upon what a great opportunity it was to be exposed to the many fine organizations that serve the residents of Pinellas County. He credits Leadership Pinellas for expanding his understanding of many of the needs in the community and the myriad of ways various agencies and not-for-profit groups help provide important services in the community.

Mark Hall and an FBI AgentA national program that recently sparked Mark's interest was his involvement with the FBI Citizen's Academy, from which he graduated in the fall. Along with other business and community leaders in his class, Mark enjoyed learning about the Bureau's services and programs and how they tie in to the local community. The photo to the right shows Mark and another program participant during their day at the firing range, before traveling to the Washington, D.C. area for a special session of the program.

Mark's commitment to his family and his community has fostered a belief that serving others is an essential part of life. "It is an honor to give back to the community that has enriched our lives in countless ways," reflects Mark.