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Mark A. Cunningham

Jones Walker LLP

A Practice in Compassion

Mark A. Cunningham is a senior partner in the New Orleans office of Jones Walker LLP where he maintains an active national trial and appellate practice representing companies and individuals charged with civil and criminal violations of antitrust laws and other commercial statutes and regulations.

Cunningham has dedicated much of his career to promoting access to justice for the poor. He served as the 75th President of the Louisiana State Bar Association from 2015 to 2016. During this time, he worked closely with the Louisiana Supreme Court to establish the Access to Justice Commission which created strategies to respond to the crisis in the indigent criminal defense system and mass incarceration. Cunningham, a former chair of The Pro Bono Project, in 2012, organized law firms in New Orleans to provide over $1,000,000 in free legal services when the Orleans Public Defender stopped accepting new cases due to lack of funding. He has successfully represented clients charged with capital crimes and obtained the release of one client sentenced to life and wrongfully imprisoned for over twenty years.

Cunningham has received vast recognition for his work in New Orleans, including awards from the American Health Care Lawyers Association, New Orleans Pro Bono Project, New Orleans City Business, and the Louisiana State Bar Association. He has been honored to serve on the Lawyers’ Committee for the National Center for State Courts and Post-Conviction Relief Committee of the Louisiana Supreme Court and the boards of numerous organizations including New Orleans Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, and WRBH  Radio.