Mark I. Unger

Mark is a divorce lawyer and mediator in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. He has been practicing family law almost exclusively since 1996. He has been highly involved with technology and the integration of technology and law since approximately 1998. He has spoken, written and participated in numerous technology law and family law seminars, having been on the board of the State Bar of Texas Computer & Technology Council since 2001 and the San Antonio Bar Association’s Technology committee since 1999.

He is former Chair of the Computer & Technology Council of the State Bar, former Chair of the Web Services Committee of the State Bar, former President of the Family Law section board for the San Antonio Bar, and former outside board member of the ABA TechShow, litigation and tablet tracks.

He currently sits on the Family Law Section Board (San Antonio), the Judicial Committee on Information Technology, Computer Council of the State Bar of Texas, and the Law Practice Management Committee of the State Bar of Texas. He has been a member of the College of the State Bar each year since 1998.

He filed the first e-filed pleading in Bexar County in 2003 and the first electronic brief (CD-ROM) in Texas in 1998.

Concentration: Mark Unger focuses his practice in Family Law and Technology, including but not limited to Divorce, Property Division, Enforcement, Modification, Child Support, Visitation or Possession and Access, Relocation, Grandparent Rights, Multi-State Jurisdictional litigation in Family Law, and all other areas of Family Law.

Education

St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, JD 1995

Universitat Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, summer 1993

University of Texas, Austin, Texas, BA 1991

Austin Dispute Resolution Center, Austin, Texas, General and Family Law, 2009 (Credentialed as Mediator under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, section 154.052)

Honors Activities

* San Antonio’s Best Lawyers in Family Law 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (SA Scene Magazine/Peer Review)

* “FastCase 50” Award Winner 2016: “Honoring the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders”
* State Bar of Texas, Computer & Tech Section Chair ‘Distinguished Service Award (2016)

*  Texas Bar Award, Publication Award/ Series of Articles– Substantive Law (2014)

Technology & Law: MoneyBall Law for the iPad Litigator

(September-October 2013 and January-February 2014 San Antonio Lawyer)

* State Bar of Texas Presidents/Board of Directors Certificate of Merit,

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting

June 24, 2011

* Computer & Technology Section, State Bar of Texas Award of Merit

June 23, 2011

* State Bar of Texas Directors’ Pro Bono Resolution award, State Bar of Texas

January, 2010

* Texas eFiling Pioneer Award, TexasOnline-BearingPoint;

September, 2005

* First-filed Electronic Filing in Bexar County State District Courts; San Antonio Express News, June 11, 2003

* President’s Award, San Antonio Bar Association;

2002

*First-filed CD-ROM appellate brief in State of Texas;

Texas Lawyer, March 30, 1998

Bar Activities

State Bar of Texas

•Computer & Technology section

•Family Law section

Computer Council of the State Bar of Texas, 2001-present

•Chair, 2007-2008

Judicial Committee on Information Technology (JCIT), 2007-present

 

State Bar Web Services Committee, 2007-present

•Chair, 2010-2012

Texas Family Law Foundation, 2007-present

College of the State Bar of Texas, 1998-present

Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas

San Antonio Bar Association

•Chair, Technology Committee, 2000-present

•Family Law Section, Board of Directors, 2008-present, President, 2012-13

•Community Justice Program (CJP) Mentor, 2004-present

•Member, Lawyer2Lawyer/Mentor committee, 2000-2001

State of Texas E-Filing project advisor, Bexar County, 2001-2003

American Bar Association, 1999-2004

Federal Bar Association, 1998-2000

Texas Young Lawyer’s Association (Member, Technology Committee) (1998-2000)

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association (Contributing Editor, Docket Call; Technology Committee; various volunteer committees/projects)(1997-2003)

 

Publications/Presentations

* The Ultimate Survival Legal Tech Toolkit, presentation, SA Bar Family Law Section Extreme Family Law Makeover 2018 (February 23, 2018; San Antonio, Texas)
* What I wish I’d known Before Starting My Practice, presentation, ACLEA’s 54th Mid-Year Meeting, (February 11, 2108; San Antonio, Texas)
* Modernize Your Practice Without Breaking The Bank, presentation; Lawyer Forward 2018 (January 26, 2018; Austin, Texas)
* The Princess Bride: Mobile Lawyering and Using Low Cost Tech for Client Communication, Presentation; State Bar of Texas/Computer & Technology Section, With Technology and Justice For All (Access To Justice CLE)(December 1, 2017; Austin, Texas)
* Adaptable Lawyer Track/ State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Planning Committee/Emcee, 2017; Dallas, Texas
* Peeping Toms in the New Millennium: Digital Dos and Don’ts, Paper and Presentation; State Bar of Texas, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law (October 14, 2016; Louisville, Kentucky)
* Cloud Computing and the Virtual Law Practice, Paper and Presentation State Bar of Texas, Paralegal Division, 2016 Advanced Paralegal Seminar (September 28, 2016; San Antonio, Texas)
* Technology In The Courtroom, Presentation
State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Seminar (August 1-4, 2016; San Antonio, Texas)
* Artificial Intelligence :/ Real Law Ignite Presentation; Adaptable Lawyer Track;
* State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2016 (June 16-17, 2016; Ft. Worth, Texas)
* Cloud Based Practice Management Systems Presentation/Paper
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting (June 16-17, 2016; Ft. Worth, Texas)
* Maintaining Client Confidentiality in the Digital Era
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Civil Appellate, Austin, Texas (September 11, 2015)
* Trial Demos–Utilizing Tools for Smart Presentations
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Seminar, August 5, 2015
* iPhone and iPad Basics for Lawyers
San Antonio Bar Association, Technology Section CLE (July 31, 2015)
Courtroom Technology: How to Use Your Tablet to Win! (Webinar/Panel Presentation), State Bar of Texas, June 24, 2015
* MoneyBall Law: How to Play Big Law Ball on a Small Law Budget
Adaptable Lawyer Track (Presentation)
State Bar of Texas (Annual Meeting), June 18, 2015
* 60 Sites in 60 Minutes
American Bar Association TechShow 2015, Chicago, Illinois (April 18, 2015)
* Turbulence-Free Collaboration – Sharing Documents in the Cloud without E-mail
American Bar Association TechShow 2015, Chicago, Illinois (April 16, 2015)
* How To Train Your Dragon Lawyer With Technology
South Texas Organization of Paralegals (March 5, 2015)
* The Massive Legal Tech & Practice Management Brain Dump (& SABA Technology Section Launch), San Antonio Bar Association (January 30, 2015)

*  Family Law Technology 360: Everything You Need To Know For Your 21st Century Practice;  State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section

Course Director

December 4-5, 2014

Austin, Texas

*  Serving Your Clients Better With Technology

ABA Law Practice Division-ALI CLE

November 3, 2014

Webinar

*  MoneyBall Law:  Technology for Litigators

ABA 9th Annual GPSolo National Solo & Small Firm Conference

October 24, 2014

San Antonio, Texas

*  Technology In The Courtroom

State Bar of Texas, 40th Annual Advanced Family Law Course (2014)

August 7, 2104; panel presentation

San Antonio, Texas

*  The Ultimate Technology Makeover

CCAA Summer General Practice Seminar/CLE

July 18, 2014; presentation

Las Vegas, Nevada

*  Disruption, Relevance and Moneyball Law – How to Save the Quality of Legal Life

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting (Adaptable Lawyer Track, ignite presentation)

June 26, 2014

Austin, Texas

*  60 Apps in 60 Minutes

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting (Adaptable Lawyer Track)

June 26, 2014; panel presentation

Austin, Texas

*  Trying Cases From Your iPad

Austin Bar Association, Bench Bar To The Extreme

April 4, 2014; Panel Presentation

Austin, Texas

*  MoneyBall Law for Litigators

ABA TECHSHOW 2014

March 27-29, 2014; Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint

Chicago, Ilinois

*  Advanced iPad: Working With Word And So Much More

ABA TECHSHOW 2014

March 27-29, 2014; Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint

Chicago, Ilinois

* E-Filing Tips, Tricks, Rules And How To Love It

San Antonio Bar Family Law Section ‘Extreme Family Law Makeover

February 28, 2014; Panel Presentation

San Antonio, Texas

*  The Tablet CLE Professional

ACLEA’s 50th Mid-Year Meeting/CLE

January 20, 2014; Panel Presentation

*  A Taste of Cutting Edge Technology

ACLEA’s 50th Mid-Year Meeting/CLE

January 19, 2014; Panel Presentation

Austin, Texas

*  30 Tips in 30 Minutes

University of Texas 37th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Seminar

October 25, 2013; Paper and Presentation

Austin, Texas

* The iPad Litigator: Trend-Spotting Solutions for Disruption in the Law and in our Legal Practices

Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar

October 4, 2013; Paper and Presentation

San Antonio, Texas

* E-Filing and Technology in the Courtroom: Today and the Future

Texas Center for the Judiciary, 2013 Annual Judicial Education Conference

September 5, 2013; Panel Presentation

San Antonio, Texas

*  iPads for Lawyers, Intermediate and Advanced Workshops

State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course

August 6, 2013; Presentation/Training Sessions

San Antonio, Texas

*  Disruption, Adaptation, Creativity and Mandatory e-Filing (video)

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Adaptable Lawyer “ignite” track

June 20, 2013; Presentation/Powerpoint

Dallas, Texas

*  60 Apps in 60 Minutes

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Adaptable Lawyer track

June 20, 2013; Presentation/Powerpoint

Dallas, Texas

*  Will.i.Pad for the Family Lawyer:  From Shakespeare to the Black Eyed Peas — I Got a Feeling it’s NOT Much Ado About Nothing

San Antonio Bar Association Family Law Section and SAFLA Joint monthly luncheon and CLE

May 7, 2013; Presentation/Powerpoint

San Antonio, Texas

*  The Tablet Litigator

ABA TechShow 2013

April 4, 2013; Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint

Chicago, Illinois

*  The 4×4 Challenge: Top Apps for Every Platform

ABA TechShow 2013

April 5, 2013; Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint

Chicago, Illinois

*  60 Apps in 60 Minutes

South Texas College of Law, 27th Annual Family Law Conference

March 8, 2013; Houston, Texas

*  60 Apps in 60 Minutes

State Bar of Texas, Hispanic Issues Section

February 28, 2013; Austin, Texas

*  Looking Beyond The Horizon: What Will Technology Look Like In The Future

*  Essential Apps; Practical Considerations; Electronic Trial Demonstration

State Bar of Texas, Family Law Technology Course: No Tech To High Tech In Two Days

December 13-14, 2012; *Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint/Planning Committee

Austin, Texas

*  Who Says You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks: Technology for You and Your 2013 Law Office

State Bar of Texas, Advanced Real Estate Strategies Course

December 6, 2012; Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint

Fredericksburg, Texas

* (MoneyBall) Dusk To Dawn:  Top iPad Apps for A Family Lawyer

State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Seminar

August 8, 2012; Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint

Houston, Texas

* 60 Apps in 60 Minutes:  A Survey of the Most Useful Legal Apps for Lawyers

State Bar of Texas, Annual Meeting 2012

June 14, 2012 and June 15, 2012; Presentation/Powerpoint

Houston, Texas

* A Day in the Life of an iPad Lawyer: The Best Apps for your Practice and How to Use Them

State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Drafting Seminar

December 9, 2011; Paper/Live Apps Presentation

Dallas, Texas

* Cutting Edge Apps and High Tech Tools for Family Lawyers

State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Seminar

August 4, 2011;   Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint

San Antonio, Texas

* Technology In Creative Parenting Plans

San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section CLE Round Table

June 29, 2011;   Paper/Presentation

* The Adaptable Lawyer:  60 Apps in 60 Minutes — A Survey of the Most Useful Apps for Lawyers

State Bar of Texas, Annual Meeting

San Antonio, Texas

June 23, 2011;   Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint

* The Dog Who Saw The Rainbow: Coloring Space And Time With Apps

State Bar of Texas, Collections And Creditors’ Rights;   San Antonio, Texas

May 6, 2011;   Paper/Presentation/Powerpoint

* Collateral Damage: How To Get Road Ready And Drive The Car

Of Course You Can Do This! How To Testify As A Family Law Expert Witness

San Antonio Association of Marriage and Family Therapy;   San Antonio, Texas

October 19, 2010;   Paper/Presentation

* “Top 10 Websites/Categories For Litigators (Or Some Semblance Thereof)”

State Bar Litigation Section Report “The Advocate,” V. 52, Fall 2010

October, 2010;   Paper

* “Social Media Mores and Advertising Rules: The ‘What If’s”

San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section monthly luncheon/CLE

San Antonio, Texas

June 15, 2010;   Presentation/Powerpoint

* State Bar of Texas, Information Technology for the New Attention Span: “Ignite” Your Practice — “iPad and iPhone Apps for Civil Lawyers” and “60 Sites In 60 Minutes”

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting and Computer & Technology Section Live CLE

Ft. Worth, Texas

June 11, 2010;   Presentation/Powerpoint

* State Bar of Texas, Law Practice Management section; Perfecting Your Practice: Law Practice Management Essentials and Cutting Edge Technology For Your Law Practice; Tooting Your Own Horn: Search Engine Optimization and Other Ethical Forms of Web Presence; and Protecting Your Privates: Data Security, Live CLE; Houston, Texas

November 5-6, 2009;   Planning Committee and Speaker

* Extreme Family Law VII: Going Through The Big “D” And We Don’t Mean Dallas; “Using The Wisdom of Solomon: Creative Mediation Techniques”

CLE; San Antonio, Texas

February 27, 2009;   Paper and Powerpoint

* Practicing Safely: Protecting Client Confidences from Technology Traps

State Bar of Texas, Law Practice Management section; Perfecting Your Practice Live CLE, Houston, Texas

February 6, 2009;   Planning Committee and Speaker

* TechLawSA: Pragmatic Use of Technology in Litigation State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Texas, Computer & Technology Section; San Antonio Bar Association; St. Mary’s Law School, Live CLE, San Antonio, Texas

July 25, 2008;   Co-Course Creator and Director

* Compliant Websites: Nailing It: The Tools You Need for Today’s Practice

State Bar of Texas, Law Practice Management, Live CLE, Dallas, Texas

May 15, 2008;   moderator, panel presentation

* The Essentials for Solo and Small Law Firm Practices: A State Bar Compliant Website

Austin Bar Association/State Bar of Texas, Live CLE, Austin, Texas

October 19, 2007;   moderator, panel presentation

* Establishing a Quick and Easy State Bar Compliant Website

State Bar of Texas, Live AV Podcast, Austin, Texas (TexasBarCLE.com)

July 25, 2007;   moderator, panel presentation

* Getting You In and Keeping Them Out:

The Sub-Portal for Local Bars and Computer Security for the Law Office

State Bar of Texas, Bar Leaders Conference

July 22, 2006;   paper/presentation

* Information Security In The Law Office

San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section , Monthly CLE Luncheon,

June 20, 2006;   paper/presentation

* Beyond E-mail: Using The Internet For Your Law Practice

San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section;

Extreme Family Law Makeover! San Antonio, Texas;

March 4, 2005;   paper/presentation

* Electronic Filing

State Bar of Texas, BarTech ‘04: Technology Strategies to Stay Competitive in

the Practice of Law, Dallas, Texas;

August 27, 2004;   presentation

* E-Filing: Ready Or Not, It’s Coming (Or Is Already Here)

State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas;

August 10, 2004;   presentation

* E-Filing: Ready Or Not, It’s Coming (Or Is Already Here)

State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, San Antonio, Texas;

August 6, 2004;   presentation

* Oh what a tangled web we weave…Internet Research Sites for ‘practise’

in the new millennium; MABA General Practice Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada

July 23-24, 2004;   paper

* E-Filing: Ready Or Not, It’s Coming (Or Is Already Here)

State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, Dallas, Texas;

July 16, 2004;   presentation

* Clean Sweep: Winning Your Case At The Temporary Orders Hearing

Extreme Divorce Practice Makeover; Family Law Section, San Antonio Bar

Association, June 25, 2004;   paper

* Temporary To Final: Basic Family Law After The 2003 Legislature

Anatomy Of A Civil Trial VII; San Antonio Bar Association;

May 24, 2004;   paper

* Internet Research For Attorneys

MABA General Practice Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada

July 10-12, 2003;   paper

* Trying A Custody Case On A Budget

San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section Seminar

June 20, 2003;   paper

* Trying A Temporary Orders Hearing Efficiently

Anatomy Of A Civil Trial VII; San Antonio Bar Association;

May 16, 2003;   paper

* Electronic Filing For Attorneys

San Antonio Bar Association, Real Estate Section/discussion group presentation;

November 14, 2002;   paper/presentation

* Beginning The Family: Infancy Issues In Matrimonial Law

2002 SAYLA Courthouse Tour Seminar; San Antonio Young Lawyers Association;

October 10, 2002;   paper

* Internet Research For Attorneys: New Tools For Information Gathering

Hays County Bar Association

October 8, 2002;   presentation and paper

* Family Law For The Non-Family Lawyer and Pending Legislative Changes

Anatomy Of A Civil Trial VI; San Antonio Bar Association;

March 9, 2001;   paper

* Family Law For The Non-Family Lawyer

2000 SAYLA Courthouse Tour Seminar;

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

October 10, 2000;   paper

* Family Law: Initial Guide For The General Practitioner

1999 SAYLA Courthouse Tour Seminar;

San Antonio Young Lawyers Association

October 7, 1999;   paper

* Family Law– The Short And The Long Of It: When Temporary May Mean Final Anatomy

Of A Civil Trial V; San Antonio Bar Association;

September 17, 1999;   paper

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Community

American Diabetes Association, Board of Directors, San Antonio 1999-2000

San Antonio Museum Of Art, Young Patrons Board 1999-2000

Alamo Philanthropic Alliance, host of the annual Charity Country Wine Auction;

Charter member and corporate co-chair 1998-2000

San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, Young Leadership Council 1996-1997