About Mark Counts
Mark’s legal practice focuses on providing legal representation to real estate investors, automobile dealers, construction companies, physicians and all forms of commercial entities. He concentrates his practice on real estate acquisition and management, information technology (IT) consulting, corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions and construction and commercial litigation.
Mark is licensed to practice law in the States of Texas and Georgia and he is a member of numerous trade organizations including the National Association of Dealer Counsel, the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, the Texas Independent Automobile Dealers Association, the Houston Automobile Dealers Association, and the Construction Law section of the Texas State Bar.
Prior to founding the Counts Company, Mark was a partner and an associate in several litigation firms. Mark is a fourteen year veteran of the U.S. Army and a former member of the Infantry, Ordnance and Judge Advocate General’s Corps. While serving in the U.S. Army, Mark was the labor and employment attorney for Fort Polk, Louisiana and a general counsel for Bayne Jones Army Hospital.
In 2016, Mark helped found a small chain of self-storage facilities which he actively managed. In 2021, these facilities were sold in a multi-million dollar transaction which recognized a 62% ROI. Mark currently manages a private equity company focused on acquiring, improving and selling real estate assets within the State of Texas. He actively seeks to assist real estate investors in the diversification of their portfolios and encourages them to invest in Texas real estate.
Mark was born in Richlands, Virginia and he attended Garden High School in Oakwood, Virginia. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnical Institute & State University (Va. Tech) and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant by the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in 1993, was awarded the rank of Captain in 1997, and over the course of his military career earned five (5) honorable discharges, a Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and two Army Achievement Medals.
Mark graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1999 and from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School in 2000. He is a former Langdell Scholar, a former Adjunct Professor at Upper Iowa University and Cy-Fair College and the recipient of six Phi Delta Phi academic achievement awards.
Mark is a licensed automobile dealer, a member of the 356 Registry, the Porsche Club of America and an avid car collector. He currently enjoys paying to maintain a small collection of vintage automobiles including a 1961 Porsche 356B, 1985.5 Porsche 944, 1974 VW Thing, 1972 Triumph TR6 and a 1949 MC TC. In order to ensure that he can afford to maintain his current car collection, he has promised himself to never go near a 1998 Ferrari 355F1 Spyder again.