Mark Williamson is a partner and chair of Alston & Bird’s Wealth Planning and Exempt Organizations Teams. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and practices in the areas of estate planning and federal taxation.
Mark practiced with the Milwaukee law firm of Foley & Lardner before joining Alston & Bird and has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Georgia State University in Atlanta. He has been a recurring faculty member of the annual Estate Planning Institute and Fiduciary Law Institute presented by the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section.
In 1997, Mark received the Trusts & Estates magazine “Best Young Author Award” for a series of articles he co-authored with Professor Jeffrey Pennell of Emory University and is the author of a BNA Tax Management Portfolio on tax treaties for individuals. The Best Lawyers in America© recognized Mark as “Lawyer of the Year” in Trust and Estates in 2019 and in Tax Law in 2020. Mark has been named to the Georgia Super Lawyers list since 2004 and Chambers recognizes him as a Band 1 lawyer in Private Wealth Law – Georgia.
Mark also studied music at the doctorate level at Louisiana State University and the Catholic University of America, and continues to perform professionally, including a three-week tour of China in 2011–2012.