1945 — 2022
We are deeply saddened to announce that one of our founding partners, Mark T. Davenport, a prominent business and insurance litigation lawyer, passed away on March 22, 2022.
Members of the firm remember Mark for his incredibly gifted trial skills, superior intellect, and sense of humor. Mark’s longtime friend and law partner, Ernie Figari, said Mark “was one of the finest trial lawyers I’ve known, but more importantly a good friend who I will truly miss.”
Mark was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He attended the University of the South and Southern Methodist University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967. Thereafter, Mark graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1969. In 1986, Mark and several other attorneys left Johnson & Swanson, then one of Dallas’ largest law firms, to start Figari + Davenport, one of the first top-tiered litigation boutique firms in the state of Texas. Mark retired from the firm and the practice of law in 2014, and then spent his time with his wife, Jill Davenport, enjoying their numerous hobbies, including traveling, biking, and golfing.
Over the course of his career, Mark was lead counsel in many high-profile litigation cases, including representing Don Nelson in his suit to recover deferred compensation from the Dallas Mavericks. Mark was a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation and Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Mark also served as a member of the Executive Board of Southern Methodist University.
Mark received numerous honors in his career. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mark was listed in The Texas Best Lawyers of America under Business Litigation in all editions since 1992. He was named a Texas Super Lawyer or Outstanding Trial Lawyer in numerous publications over the years. Mark was also a Master Bencher Emeritus, W.M. “Mac” Taylor, Jr. American Inn of Court.
Mark will be greatly missed by his Figari + Davenport family.