Mark T. Sumwalt


“One of my ambitions in life was to find a profession that was consistent with my beliefs and allowed me to make a difference in the lives of others. The practice of law, and specifically representing injured workers and individuals, has provided me with this special opportunity. From the relationships with our clients to the help we are able to provide them, this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”


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Meet Mark


Mark Sumwalt is a native of Rock Hill, South Carolina who has practiced law in Charlotte since 1981, primarily in the field of worker’s compensation. He has litigated hundreds of cases to decision all over the state and handled many significant appeals to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, particularly in the area of attendant care.

Mark has three children and two grandchildren, luckily all in Charlotte. He loves the outdoors, staying active, and most all sports.


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law (1981)
  • B.A. English, Davidson College (1978)

Bar Memberships

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina (inactive)

Areas of Practice

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Personal Injury


Licensed to practice before all state courts in North Carolina and the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Professional Honors and Recognition

  • North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) (formerly North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers)
    • President (2003-2004 Term)
    • The Walter Clark Award (2013)
    • Ebbie Award (2008)
  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Lawyer of the Year – Charlotte: Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants (2012)
    • Best Lawyer – Charlotte: Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants (2011 – present)
  • SuperLawyers (2007 – present)
    • Top 10: North Carolina (2015)
    • Top 25: Charlotte (2013 – 2018)
    • Top 100: North Carolina (2010 – 2018)
  • Martindale-Hubble® Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent

Memberships and Affiliations

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) (formerly North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers)
    • President (2003 – 2004)
    • Executive Committee (2001 – 2013, 2022)
    • Board of Governors (1999 – 2012)
    • Ex Officio Member (2013 – present)
  • Political Action Committee (PAC) (2002 – 2016)
    • Chair (2006 – 2008)
  • Workers’ Compensation Section (1985-present)
    • Chair (2005-2006)
    • Executive Committee (1992 – present)
  • NC Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Workplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG)

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