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Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman Senior Trial Attorney

Mark Freeman's Results

$4.8 Million

Settled for $4,800,000

Our client was a hard-working father who lost his livelihood in an instant when he suffered a major injury and amputation to his leg. We uncovered evidence of the Defendant’s failure to follow basic safety rules. Along with our team of highly qualified experts, we thoroughly explained every aspect of how our client, his wife, and his kids’ lives were changed forever by this tragedy.

$3 Million

Settlement: $3 Million | Class Action Settlement.

Truck Drivers v. Agricultural Company. $3,000,000 class action settlement agreement that included payments to truck drivers and forgiveness of their debt. Our firm was lead co-counsel in a class action and PAGA claim for truck drivers of an agricultural company engaging in wage theft. The drivers did not receive pay as they waited substantial amounts of time to load and unload their trucks. Truck drivers who left the company were unlawfully charged for training expenses to discourage them from leaving. The settlement resulted in hundreds of hard-working truck drivers being better compensated for their work going back over five years, and forgiveness of the unlawful training charges.

$3 Million

Construction Site Injury

Jury verdict in excess of $3,000,000

Our client an experienced electrician sustained a severe wrist injury at a construction site when he fell and tripped over some formboards with rebar inside of them. After a long fight, our client received compensation for his substantial lost wages and pain and suffering. This case was factually complex, and the Venardi Zurada team fought hard to uncover a smoking gun document that pointed the finger at the Defendant general contractor. By the end of trial, jurors did not believe the defendant, whose witnesses repeatedly lied on the stand. The jury found that the general contractor in charge of the construction site failed to provide our client safe and convenient access to toilets and that our client was forced into choosing between two poor toilet paths.

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Bio

Mark is a Senior Trial Attorney at Venardi Zurada. He has worked at the firm since 2013. Mark is devoted to helping people that have been injured or treated unfairly in the workplace and he fights to ensure that insurance companies and employers do the right thing.

Personal injury and employment litigation can be complex and stressful for clients. Mark is a compassionate, patient advocate who ensures that clients understand every step of the process.

One of his best experiences involved serving as trial counsel for a young woman injured in a terrible car wreck; the jury justly compensated our client whose injuries were dismissed by the insurance company. Mark has also served as the senior associate in two personal injury trials where our clients prevailed after long, hard-fought court battles, including a 2023 case where the jury awarded over $2.7 million in damages.

Mark was a law review nerd and loves the writing process. He was the principal brief writer in a case of first impression that went before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and later the California Supreme Court. He is also a published author and wrote a Bar Exam study guide for law students. He knows that many cases are won with excellent legal research and writing, and he strives to use his writing skills to win cases before they even reach the courthouse steps.

Mark is a certified mediator and volunteers with a local organization that provides free mediation services at Contra Costa courthouses. He relies on his experience to negotiate and resolve small claims matters.

In his off-time, Mark enjoys spending time with family, traveling internationally, attending baseball games, listening to audiobooks, and building Lego sets (for which he has nearly run out of room to display). He is proud of working with Venardi Zurada to serve the greater community, and can be found at our volunteer events such as food drives and special Olympics tournaments.

Areas of Practice

  • Auto Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Employment Law
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Whistleblower Protection Cases
  • Retaliation
  • Wage and Hour
  • ERISA
  • Writ/Appellate

Honors and Awards

  • “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell (2022)
  • AV Preeminent 2022

Bar Admissions

  • All State Courts within California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

Education

  • J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (w/ Great Distinction)
    Honors: Order of the Coif; graduated in Top 10 of class
    McGeorge Trial Advocacy Program – Completed with Honors
    Chief Comment Editor, McGeorge Law Review
  • Saint Mary’s College of California, B.A. Economics; Minor in English & Creative Writing
    Honors: Br. U. Jerome Griffin Award at Graduation (highest award in School of Econ. And Business)
    Cumulative 4.0 GPA
  • Steven Rosenberg Mediation Training Program,
    Graduate

Published Works

  • Author, “BarCram: How To Survive the Last Two Weeks Before You Take (And Pass) the California Bar

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Mediator

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • The Congress of Neutrals
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