Mark Donnell



Mark's Bio

Mark focuses his practice on business litigation. He represents companies and individuals in a wide range of business disputes, including breach of contract, employment disputes, deal-gone-bad litigation, and conflicts between owners, shareholders, and managers. He has significant experience handling disputes arising from secured transactions, whether they involve real or personal property.

Mark also assists debtors, creditors, and other parties in insolvency-related matters. He is capable of conducting commercial foreclosures, pursuing or defending receivership actions, seeking post-judgment collection, and representing debtors or creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Mark can also help businesses with transactional needs. He has helped several clients form businesses, drafted operating and employment agreements, and negotiated purchase and sale agreements for partnership interests and property acquisitions.

Mark received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University and is licensed to practice in Tennessee. He has been selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star” in Mid-South Super Lawyers® from 2013-2018 in the area of business litigation.


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2011
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., 2005



  • Tennessee, 2011


  • U.S. District Court, M.D. Tenn.
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. Tenn.
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Tenn.

Representative Matters

  • Represented seller in deal-gone-bad dispute over ownership and operation of oil and natural gas field in East Tennessee.
  • Represented buyer in deal-gone-bad litigation involving cable system in East Tennessee.  Won a favorable verdict after a week-long trial.
  • Represented purchaser of distressed debt in several actions to foreclose on commercial property and pursue deficiency actions against guarantors.
  • Defended former bank director in FDIC D&O liability action.
  • Represented property owner in dispute over ownership of large tract in West Tennessee involving several complex property law issues.
  • Represented sellers and buyers in multi-million dollar property transactions.
  • Represented partner in sale of partnership interest and purchase of new business.
  • Represented debtor in loan purchase transactions.
  • Represented petitioning creditors and unsecured creditors’ committee in large commercial bankruptcy cases.

Publications & Presentations

March 2018
The New Tax Bill:  Impact on Pass-Through Entities
Content posted on Waypoint Law’s website here.

February 2014
The Viability of Tort Claims Between Parties to a Contract
American Bar Association, Business Torts and Unfair Competition Section Case Note

September 2012
Civil Lawyers in a Criminal World: Gideon v. Wainwright and Training with the Public Defender
Nashville Bar Journal

August 2012
“Testing the Water before Taking the Swim” – How Participating in Litigation May Constitute Waiver of the Right to Arbitration
Tennessee Business Litigation Newsletter

March 13, 2012
Conversations with Clients During Deposition Breaks: Proceed with Caution
Content originally posted on

November 15, 2011
Class Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements
Content originally posted on


Mark, his wife Carrie, and their three children live in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Nashville.  Mark was the captain of the varsity men’s golf team at Vanderbilt, and the Donnell family is dedicated to Vanderbilt athletics.  They are also active members of their church and enjoy frequent trips to Smith Lake in Alabama for rest and relaxation.

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