Mark E. Irby is a partner at Swift Currie with more than 10 years of defense experience. Mark handles workers’ compensation matters on behalf of his clients for two states (Alabama and Georgia), which include employers and insurers in various industries such as, staffing, construction, restaurants, transportation, school boards, health care and many more.

Mark has successfully defended numerous cases before administrative law judges and Georgia’s State Board of Workers’ Compensation, and has a vast amount of experience dealing with workers’ compensation claims where fraud is suspected. He looks for the “red flags” in the case and uses his extensive experience and a deep bench of experts in his professional network to resolve the issue to a successful conclusion. Mark also has experience asserting his position on cases before the State Board Appellate Division, Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court.

Mark is able to defend workers’ compensation claims for employers and insurers in Alabama and Georgia and can help employers and insurers who have claims in both states understand the nuances between the laws of each. 

Mark knows his clients’ legal matters are not their only focus and he ensures that he communicates efficiently, getting to the bottom line and solving their issues without overburdening them. Mark listens to his clients’ needs and adds his valued legal expertise to devise a creative strategy to achieve their legal goals.

Mark values his client relationships and strives to be a reliable business partner to help them tackle any legal concerns or issues facing their businesses.  

Mark credits his parents with teaching him the value of hard work and dedication at an early age, and he believes that outworking his clients’ opponents will always put them in the best possible position. Mark has tried many cases and left no stone unturned in these matters. This persistent mindset has served his clients well as an aggressive advocate on their behalf. He believes there is always a way to win a case, and with perseverance, he will get the best outcome.


  • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review


  • State Bar of Alabama
  • State Bar of Georgia


Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Trish, and two sons, Will and Matthew, in his free time. He is actively involved in Will and Matthew’s sports and extracurricular activities. Family is important to Mark and he works hard to ensure they have a fulfilling life.


Thought Leadership

  • "A Cry for Help: Did These Tears 'Arise Out Of' or 'In the Course Of' Employment?," Central Alabama Association of Occupational Health Nurses (CAAOHN) Conference, March 2017

Practice Areas

Bar Admittances

  • Alabama
  • Georgia


Samford University, Cumberland School of Law (J.D., 2005)

University of Georgia (B.B.A, Finance, 2002)

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