Mark Williamson is a partner and lead of Alston & Bird’s Wealth Planning & Exempt Organizations Team. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and practices in the areas of estate planning and federal taxation.
Mark practiced with the Milwaukee law firm of Foley & Lardner before joining Alston & Bird and has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Georgia State University in Atlanta. He was on the faculties of the 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2011 Estate Planning Institutes in Athens, Georgia, and the 1997, 2000, 2007 and 2008 Fiduciary Law Institutes in St. Simons, Georgia.
In 1997, Mark received the Trusts & Estates magazine “Best Young Author Award” for a series of articles he co-authored with Professor Jeffrey Pennell of Emory University and is the author of a BNA Tax Management Portfolio on tax treaties for individuals. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and has been named to the Georgia Super Lawyers list since 2004.
Mark also studied music at the doctorate level at Louisiana State University and the Catholic University of America, and continues to perform professionally, including a three-week tour of China in 2011–2012.
- Works on a wide variety of tax and non-tax controversies, including fiduciary litigation, tax audits and litigation, divorce tax and estate planning issues, and offshore voluntary disclosure matters.
- Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and Jazz Orchestra Atlanta, Board Chair
- The Charles Loridans Foundation, Trustee
- Founder and music director of the brass chamber music group Il Brasso Magnifico
- Order of the Coif
- Florida State University Law School, Board of Visitors
- United States Air Force Band, 1984 – 1988
- State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section, former chair
- Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section, former chair
- Atlanta Estate Planning Council, former chair
- Georgia Federal Tax Conference, former chair
- Florida State University, Law Review, former executive editor
- Fiduciary Law Institute, St. Simons, Georgia, faculty – 1997, 2000, 2007, 2008 (chair)
- Estate Planning Institute, Athens, Georgia, faculty – 1997, 1999, 2007 (chair), 2011
- State Bar of Georgia Basic Fiduciary Seminar, faculty – all years since 2000
- New York State Bar Association International Law Section, faculty – 2002 (Rome), 2003 (Amsterdam); 2004 (London)
- Various seminars for lawyer and professional colleagues and private clients, 1999 to present: Bonn, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf.