Mark A.B. Carlson is taking the new role of chief growth officer at Baker Donelson. The new position will focus on lateral attorney recruiting, acquisition and integration, including reviewing and vetting law firm merger candidates.
Carlson is a former general counsel, mergers and acquisitions practice group leader and operations director and has been involved in the firm’s recent growth, chairing an internal task force focused on increasing lateral growth. Under his leadership, the firm has experienced an influx of lateral hires in 2021, including more than 25 shareholders and of counsel across its existing footprint and an expansion into a new market with the addition of six attorneys in North Carolina focused on health care.
“We created this new position because recruiting and retaining top legal talent is essential to our ability to deliver exceptional client service. I knew that we needed a focused senior executive to execute our strategic growth vision that’s built on serving each client as a trusted advisor,” said Timothy Lupinacci, firm chair and chief executive officer. “After conducting a national search, it was clear that Mark was the perfect fit. He has a long track record of serving as a trusted advisor to our clients and has been instrumental in our lateral growth efforts over the past two years.”
Carlson joined Baker Donelson in 2004 and was elected shareholder in 2007. In 2008, he was named leader of the firm’s corporate/mergers and acquisition group. He left the firm in 2015, but returned in 2016 to serve as the firm’s business department operations director.