As a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a part-time law professor, Mark has extensive experience and knowledge in estate planning and federal taxation. Mark is a professional musician and author of a BNA Tax Management Portfolio on tax treaties.
Working on a wide variety of tax and non-tax controversies, including fiduciary litigation, tax audits and litigation, divorce tax and estate planning issues, non-profit workouts and restructurings, and offshore voluntary disclosure matters.
Mark Williamson is senior counsel and co-led of Alston & Bird’s Wealth Planning and Exempt Organizations Teams. 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 a Milwaukee law firm 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 has been a recurring faculty member of the annual Estate Planning Institute and Fiduciary Law Institute presented by the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section.
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. The Best Lawyers in America® recognized Mark as “Lawyer of the Year” in Trust and Estates in 2019 and in Tax Law in 2020. Mark has been named to the Georgia Super Lawyers list since 2004 and Chambers recognizes him as a Band 1 lawyer in Private Wealth Law – Georgia.
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.
Florida State University (J.D., 1991)
University of North Texas (M.M., 1983)
Louisiana State University (B.M., 1981)
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)