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Mark Siegmund was born in Austin, but grew up in China Spring, Texas – a small town located just outside of Waco, Texas. Mark attended Texas A&M University on a full Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, Company E-2. After graduating with a degree in Finance, Mark began his service in the United States Marine Corps. After five years of service and two overseas deployments, Mark started his second career by attending Baylor Law School. Mark graduated Baylor Law School as the number one graduate of his class, where he was an Associate Editor for the Law Review, received the Steve Dillard Practice Court Award for academic achievement, and barrister status for his performance in moot court.

After graduating Baylor Law School, Mark served as a law clerk to United States Federal District Judge Alan D Albright, judge of the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas. Mark is admitted to practice in the Western, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Texas and the Federal Circuit.

Mark is married to Brooke, and they have three children—Hudson, Caroline, and Henry. Mark enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as hunting and fishing. Mark also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Baylor Law School.


Joe Abraham “got here as fast as he could.” Joe was born in upstate New York and raised near Atlanta, Georgia. Joe’s first stint in Texas was as a proud attendee and graduate of Rice University (physics, magna cum laude). After college Joe followed the not-so-well-worn path to a five-year NYC career in On- and Off-Broadway theater management. Joe then pivoted to New York University School of Law, graduating cum laude.

Joe’s post-law school career began in New York with the firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Following a move to Austin, Joe practiced first with Farney Daniels LLP and then with Dechert LLP. After several years of working for others, Joe was very excited to open his own solo practice in September 2020.

Joe and his wife Janet—another Rice Owl now working for the University of Texas at Austin—live in Northwest Austin, where for the time being they‘re focused on fixing up their house and exploring the neighborhood.

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