Mark A. Fulks, J.D., Ph.D. is University Counsel at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is a Benefactor and Golden Eagles member of the National Rifle Association and is active in his local Friends of NRA chapter.
Mr. Fulks began his legal career as a criminal defense attorney with the Law Office of William F. Travis, in Southaven, Mississippi, and Wampler & Pierce, P.C., in Memphis, Tennessee. From 2000 until 2012, he worked as a prosecutor in the Tennessee Attorney General's Office. In that capacity, he litigated more than 50 cases in the Tennessee Supreme Court and over 300 in the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the U. S Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., where for seven years he maintained a diverse practice that included firearms law and criminal defense.
Throughout his career, Mr. Fulks has advised and represented individual, corporate, and non-profit clients on a wide-range of firearms law issues, including self-defense, gun trusts, premises liability, employment policies and procedures, purchase and inheritance of NFA firearms, firearms licensing requirements, decisions and appeals, and appeals of Veteran's Administration decisions.
Mr. Fulks has lectured on a number of legal subjects as a seminar speaker for the Tennessee Bar Association, the Washington County Bar Association, the Williamson County Bar Association, the Memphis Bar Association, the Tennessee Judicial Conference, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, the National District Attorneys Association, the National Business Institute, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Cadet School. Mr. Fulks has been an adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Nashville State Technical Community College.
Mr. Fulks has authored articles that have been published in the Belmont Criminal Law Journal, Tennessee Law Review, Lawyer Monthly, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, and Westlaw Journal of Bank and Lender Liability, and various industry journals, newsletters, and encyclopedias.
Mr. Fulks holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Tennessee State University. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master of Public Administration degree and a graduate certificate in geospatial information systems from Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Political Science from East Tennessee State University.
Mr. Fulks is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Washington County Bar Association and the Sullivan County Bar Association. He was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2016. He has been peer-review rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble since 2014.
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