Mark T. Dietrichs is a Swift Currie partner with almost 40 years of experience working with insurance companies on extracontractual, property subrogation and first- and third-party coverage matters, as well as arson, fraud and coverage investigations. He has built his practice not only on legal expertise, but on professionalism and ethics. Mark does not shy away from tough matters and applies his high standards to every case.
Mark leverages his knowledge and skills to handle his clients’ cases from start to finish – from the initial investigation to the trial to the appellate process. In addition, Mark has extensive experience working with the Georgia Department of Insurance.
Mark is always up for a challenge on his clients’ behalf, having tried more arson fraud cases than anyone else in the entire state. He focuses on the end game of a matter at the beginning of the case in order to develop the best strategy to achieve the desired result. In addition, Mark understands a case is not just about an individual matter, but it may also impact his clients’ overall business and sometimes an entire industry.
Mark regularly speaks to members of the arson investigator community to educate them on their legal responsibilities during an investigation. In addition, he keeps fire investigators abreast of new developments in the law and how they can be interpreted.
When he is not working on his cases, Mark enjoys developing the next generation of attorneys by acting as a mentor to young lawyers. He helps these new lawyers grow in their practice by giving them advice on different strategies for a variety of matters.
- AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
- Premier 100 Designation, American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015
- The Best Lawyers in America©, 2017 – present
- American Bar Association
- Atlanta Bar Association
- Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
- Georgia Fire Investigators Association, Inc.
- International Association of Arson Investigators
- Metro Fire Investigators Association
- Southern Loss Association
- State Bar of Georgia
- Was counsel in a trial that established the enforceability of the one-year limitation provision.
- Represented the insurer in a case that established the parameters for determining when a file became subject to the work product privilege as prepared in anticipation of litigation under FRCP 26(b)(3)(A).
- Represented the insurer in securing summary judgment on the basis of the Concealment and Fraud provision as to all potential insureds.
- Has been involved in more than 40 published decisions relating to insurance law cases.
Publications and Presentations
- Auto Owners Regional Claims Meeting, "Valued Policy Act," February 2017
- Georgia Fire Investigators Association (GFIA) 2017 ATC Seminar, "Report Writing for the Fire Investigator," March 2017
- International Association of Arson Investigators, "Ethics for the Fire Investigators," 2006 Conference
- United States Supreme Court
- Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia
- All Georgia Appellate Courts
University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., 1981)
University of Virginia (B.A., 1978)