Mark Fleming is a partner in Singleton Schreiber’s San Diego office and a member of our Mass Tort and Civil Rights practice groups. Specializing in complex trials, Mr. Fleming is one of the few attorneys in the country to have tried over 100 cases before federal juries. He is a frequent presenter at advanced trial skills seminars.
In March 2022, Mr. Fleming and his co-counsel, Timothy Scott, represented the family of a young man killed by the San Diego Sheriffs Department. A federal jury returned an $85 million verdict for the family. It is the largest civil rights wrongful death verdict in history. The results achieved in this case, Estate of Phounsy v. County of San Diego, et al., earned recognition as one of the Top 10 Verdicts in California for 2022 on TopVerdicts.com
In February 2020, after a seven-month RICO murder trial, a Las Vegas federal jury acquitted Mr. Fleming’s client, the International President of the Vagos Motorcycle Club, of all charges, including conspiracy to commit murder.
In 2006, Mr. Fleming represented Barry Mills, the lead defendant in the largest RICO federal death penalty trial in U.S. history. After an eleven-month trial, the jury rejected the death penalty sought by the government in favor of a life sentence for Mr. Mills, who was accused of ordering 32 murders in United States v. Barry Mills, et. al.
Mr. Fleming started his career as a trial attorney at Federal Defenders of San Diego in 1993. After honing his trial and appellate skills there for five years, he returned to his home state to serve as a trial attorney with New York County Defender Services in Manhattan. In 2000, Mr. Fleming was recruited back to Federal Defenders of San Diego, where he supervised a trial team of ten attorneys. In 2004, he started his own practice devoted to complex civil and criminal federal litigation.
Each year since 2008, Mr. Fleming has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers of San Diego, a peer-recognition honor reserved for the top 5% of San Diego lawyers. And for the past seven years, Mr. Fleming has been recognized as a top litigator in Best Lawyers in Southern California Magazine.
In his free time, Mr. Fleming enjoys snowboarding, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.
(Mark Fleming, walks with Albert Lopez outside the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, following opening statements.)
United States v. Barry Mills, Mark represented the lead defendant in the largest RICO death penalty case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice, culminating in a 10-month trial.
- Our client's family sued the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for excessive force, failing to administer medical care, battery, negligence, and wrongful death, among other causes of action.
News & Publications
- |Media Mention, The New York Times
Mr. Phounsy, 32, died after a confrontation with deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, after calling 911 while experiencing what the lawyers described as a mental ...
- |Media Mention, ABC News 10 San Diego
Seven years, two trials, and an $85 million verdict after a jury sided with the family of Lucky Phounsy. Now, Phounsy’s wife is calling for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to ...
- |Media Mention, San Diego Union-Tribune
The events surrounding the death of Lucky Phounsy began as a family celebration — a birthday party for his 2-year-old son. They ended nearly a decade later in a San Diego federal courtroom ...
- |Media Mention, LA Times
A federal jury returned a $85-million verdict against San Diego County this week, finding in favor of the family of a man who died after sheriff’s deputies restrained him during his 2015 ...
- |Media Mention, Business WireJury Awards San Diego Family $85 Million in Deadly Use of Force Case Against San Diego Sheriff’s Department
A San Diego jury has awarded $85 million to the family of a 32-year-old father who died after San Diego Sheriff’s Department deputies shocked, beat, and hogtied him in 2015, causing his heart ...
- |Media Mention, The San Diego Union-Tribune
A San Diego federal jury returned a $85 million verdict against the county this week, finding in favor of the family of a man who died after sheriff’s deputies restrained him during his 2015 ...
New York State College at Oneonta, B.A. in Political Science, 1987
California Western School of Law, J.D., 1992
- State of California
- United States District Court, Southern District of California
- United States District Court, Eastern District of California
- United States District Court, Central District of California
- United States District Court, Arizona
- United States District Court, Colorado
- United States District Court, M.D. Florida
- United States District Court, Nevada
- United States District Court, New Mexico
- United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit