Mark Kleinschmidt joined the firm in 2012 after serving six years as the Executive Director of the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham where he represented inmates on North Carolina’s death row and recruited and trained young attorneys to become capital trial lawyers. Prior to leading the Fair Trial Initiative, Mark spent six years as a staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.
Mark’s work representing exonerated North Carolina death row inmate Levon Jones is featured in John Temple’s book, The Last Lawyer. He is a regular faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Southeastern Regional Program. Mark also formerly served on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, acting as President from 2008 to 2009.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Mark served as a high school teacher at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1997.
After 8 years of service on the Chapel Hill Town Council, Mark was elected Mayor of Chapel Hill in 2009, and re-elected in 2011.
University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2000
University of North Carolina, B.A., 1992
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
White Collar Defense
Top 100 Most Influential Business Leaders by the Triangle Business Journal (2012)
Faculty, Southeastern Regional National Institute for Trial Advocacy
District 15B Bar
North Carolina Advocates for Justice