Contact

Phone: 281.489.3934

Fax: 281.506.8693

E-mail: mark@srapllc.com

Areas of Practice

General Business >

Business Formation >

Health Law >

EMS/Public Safety Law >

Education

Juris Doctorate – University of Houston Law Center (1998)

MBA – Texas A&M University (2012)

BA – Texas A&M University (1995)

J. Mark Smith

Partner

Mark Smith is a founding partner of Smith Reed & Armstrong, PLLC where he focuses his practice on general business, health care and EMS/public safety related matters.

Legal Experience

small business law ems law

Mark represents a number of small businesses and has a unique focus on EMS and small, private fire departments.

Mark has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1999. He has worked on both sides of the bar – representing plaintiffs in cases involving employment law, contract disputes, personal injury claims, and other legal matters and businesses as general counsel.

Since 2004, Mark has represented Harris County Emergency Corps (“HCEC”, formerly Harris County Emergency Services District No. 1), a premier EMS agency in Southeast Texas. During that time, he served as Vice President of Administration and General Counsel for the organization of 200+ employees and volunteers and serving more than 400,000 residents of Harris County, Texas. Since returning to private practice, Mark has added a number of small businesses to his growing practice, including Manvel EMS, Angleton Area Emergency Medical Services, Inc., Art & Kustom Kreations, the Wellness Integration Center, and more.

Mark is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), which exemplifies Mark’s expertise to help small and mid-size businesses with their employment-related legal and general business issues.

Education

Mark received a bachelor of arts degree in English and Journalism in 1995 from Texas A&M University. During his time at A&M, Mark worked for The Battalion (Texas A&M’s student newspaper) where he served as Editor in Chief in Spring 1995. Mark earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center in 1998.  In 2012, he graduated from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business school where he received his Masters of Business Administration.  

Other Interests

Mark running the Tough Mudder in Austin, Texas. Yes, those are live electrical wires.

Mark running the Tough Mudder in Austin, Texas. Yes, those are live electrical wires.

Mark is General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors for Harris County Emergency Corps (a nonprofit 911 EMS agency), General Counsel and Director for the Outdoor Association for Texas Heroes, Inc. (OATH) (a nonprofit focused on helping disabled veterans through outdoor recreational activities), General Counsel and Secretary for Aggies Helping Others (a charitable non-profit of former Texas A&M MBA graduates), a Director for Keep Pearland Beautiful, Vice Chair of Governance for the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, and as a volunteer advisor for the Houston Technology Center helping start-up technology companies.

A graduate of Texas A&M University’s Mays Business school with an MBA, Mark serves as a class agent and keeps in frequent contact with his classmates. Mark is also a sports and fitness enthusiast, having participated in several races including the Tough Mudder, the Spartan Race, and others.

Organization Memberships and Professional Licenses

Publications and Presentations

  • FLSA Overview and the New Overtime Rules, Presentation for Meador Staffing (October 2016).
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at HR Southwest (October 2016).
  • Texas Payroll Law, Galveston County Small Business Development Corporation (August 2016)
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at Texas Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues (May 2016).
  • Employment Exams: How Fire Departments May Fail the Test, Texas Firefighter Magazine (October 2015).
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at HR Southwest (October 2015).
  • Strategic Planning and Execution for HR Professionals, Presentation at HR Southwest (October 2015).
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at Texas Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues (May 2015).
  • Texas Payroll Law, Presentation at Galveston County Small Business Development Corporation (April 2015)
  • Texas Estate Planning Basics, Presentation at Pearland Senior Expo (March 2015).
  • If You Build It: Texas Business Formation, Presentation at Galveston County Small Business Development Corporation (August 2014)
  • Texas Employment Laws, Presentation at Galveston County Small Business Development Corporation (August 2014)
  • Hiring Right: Tips for Building a High Performance Team, Presentation at Pearland Chamber of Commerce – Wisdom on Wednesdays (July 2014)
  • EMS Patient Refusals, http://jmsmithlaw.com/ems-patient-refusals/ (July 2, 2014).
  • When Jane Becomes John: LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Presentation at Texas Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues (May 2014).