Mark A. Willard

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19019


Areas Of Practice

Intellectual Property
Partnership Disputes
Shareholder Disputes
Trade Secrets


Mark Willard chairs the firm's Technology Committee and is a member of the firm’s Budget & Finance Committee. He formerly served on the firm's Executive Committee and for many years served as Chairman of the firm's Hiring Committee. Mark focuses his practice on civil litigation and arbitration matters, where he has an extensive background in complex commercial litigation, multidistrict litigation, class action litigation, technology litigation, patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation, corporate governance litigation, directors and officers liability litigation, derivative shareholder litigation and securities fraud litigation. Additionally, Mark is a member of the National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and has been appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania as an arbitrator and E-Discovery Special Master.

Representative Matters


  • *Provided general commercial transactional counseling;
  • *Handled securities fraud class action and derivative shareholder litigation, insurance coverage litigation, intellectual property litigation, environmental litigation, product liability litigation, business tort and unfair competition litigation, defamation litigation and commercial arbitration and mediation and electronic discovery;
  • *Served as general outside counsel to privately held companies providing legal advice on a broad range of commercial law matters;
  • *Defended patent false marking cases filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas;
  • *Defended employers in connection with theft of trade secrets including actions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act;
  • *Represented both patentees and accused patent infringers in litigation across the United States;
  • *Represents major securities rating agencies in connection with securities fraud actions involving mortgage backed securities.

Practice Groups

Technology and Licensing
E-Discovery and Information Management
Dealership and Franchise
Emerging Growth and Technology
Intellectual Property Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Securities Litigation
Product Liability
Technology Litigation
Data Security & Privacy

J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, cum laude
B.A., Duquesne University, with honors


Pennsylvania, including all county and state courts
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Admitted to practice pro hac vice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware; the District of Columbia; the District of Nevada; the District of New Jersey; the Southern District of New York; the Eastern District of North Carolina; the Northern District of Ohio; the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; the District Court of the Virgin Islands; the Eastern District of Virginia and the Northern District of West Virginia

Professional Affiliations

Allegheny County Bar Association, Practice Lecturer, and Member of the Legal Technology and E-Discovery Committee
Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association 
Federal Bar Association
Faculty member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Chairman, Lex Mundi E-Commerce, Privacy, Outsourcing and Technology Practice Group, Member of the Lex Mundi College of Mediators and Chairman of the Lex Mundi Law Firm Technology Committee
Member, American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitration Panel
Certified in electronic discovery by Lexis/Nexis Applied Discovery

Special Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
Attained an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell

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Articles and Presentations
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Description: Articles “New Judicial Guidance on the Nuts and Bolts of E-Discovery, “  February 2011.“Navigating the Logistics of E-Discovery,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 2008.“What You Don't Know About Electronic