Mark Shank '84 receives Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award


March 12, 2018


Mark A. Shank of Dallas is the recipient of the 2018 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. The Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award was established by friends and family and endowed through the Texas Bar Foundation in June 1996. The award is given in memory of Dan Price who practiced law in Austin, Texas, and who passed away in January 1994.

The award celebrates Dan’s life as an outstanding lawyer who devoted himself completely to any task he undertook. The recipient exemplifies the qualities of an accomplished legal writer and researcher, a talented and dedicated practicing lawyer, a servant of the profession as a volunteer and an advocate on its behalf. The recipient exhibits an unreserved commitment to clients and to the practice of law, and demonstrates dedication to the Bar and service to the public with the same commitment, dedication and zeal which defined Dan Price’s life and work.

As a stalwart of various bar associations and foundations in Texas, Mark Shank is well-known and respected by the broad legal community – including opposing counsel – in and out of the courtroom. He is known as a strategist, arbitrator, mediator, negotiator, and active member of his legal and civic communities in Texas, the region, and elsewhere in the U.S.  Mr. Shank’s practice of nearly 40 years is focused on complex disputes, which he arbitrates, investigates, prosecutes, or defends as a neutral across the nation.

Mr. Shank regularly serves as an arbitrator and mediator in business disputes, and is also regularly asked to serve as an independent investigator. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and other providers.  Mr. Shank also helps his clients on both sides of the docket with difficult business problems, including departing employees, high-exposure contract claims, business disputes, trade secrets claims, employment discrimination, and retaliation cases. He also has deep experience with cases involving covenants not to compete, confidentiality and trade secrets. Mr. Shank regularly represents clients in disputes and transactions involving executive compensation and related issues.

Mr. Shank lectures often on current arbitration, business, employment and trade secret issues, and is a prolific author, including the definitive book on Texas law as it treats departing employees.

Outside of work, Mr. Shank is a nationally competitive barefoot water skier.

Mr. Shank will be publicly recognized at the Texas Bar Foundation Annual Dinner held on June 22, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston. Mr. Shank has designated SMU Dedman School of Law to receive a $1,000 donation in honor of his acceptance of the Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award.

Founded in 1965 by attorneys determined to assist the public and improve the profession, the Texas Bar Foundation has become the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country. The Texas Bar Foundation relies on the contributions of its Fellows to improve the lives of Texans. To date, through the generosity of the Fellows, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $18 million in grants to numerous organizations across the state.

Election to the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas, representing the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys. Selection is based on an outstanding record in the legal profession as well as proven commitment to support the community at large. For more information about the Texas Bar Foundation, please visit