Mark Vorder-Bruegge, Jr. has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.
The induction ceremony at which Mr. Vorder-Bruegge became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 600 persons during the recent 2017 Spring Meeting of the College in Boca Raton, Florida.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission. The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Mr. Vorder-Bruegge is a partner in the firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, and has been practicing in Memphis for thirty-seven years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of the Vanderbilt University School of Law. Before beginning private practice, Mr. Vorder-Bruegge served as Law Clerk to United States District Judge Harry W. Wellford.
Mr. Vorder-Bruegge’s practice is focused on counseling, and dispute resolution through trial or other means, concerning his clients’ most complex legal problems. He is listed in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of intellectual property, commercial, and securities litigation, and was recognized in the 2011 American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel Annual Guide to Commercial Litigation, as well as other similar listings. He is a Master Emeritus member and past president of the Memphis Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He also is a member of his firm’s Executive Committee, its Deputy General Counsel, and the partner in charge of internal firm technology.
Mr. Vorder-Bruegge is equally engaged in service to the community and persons with special needs. Among other commitments, he is a director and past president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, which provides a nurturing “home away from home” for children of all nationalities receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct; and a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance, which protects the legal profession’s clients as a whole by intervention and assistance for lawyers temporarily impaired by depression, life crises, alcohol dependence, and similar problems.