Mark handled his first divorce cases as a law clerk, even before he became a lawyer in 1987. After being admitted to practice, Mark initially worked on business, construction, real estate, estate planning, and family law matters. Over time, divorce and family law became Mark’s main area of practice and he gained a reputation for his skills in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Mark’s experience included most all questions that can arise in divorce and family law, including parenting, business and real estate issues, and complex financial and parenting matters.
In 2003, Mark started to find his way into Collaborative Divorce and mediation. He enrolled in classes, trainings, and workshops, and over time built skills and gained experience assisting clients in these processes. In January 2007, Mark finished his last family law trial to become a full-time Collaborative Divorce lawyer and divorce mediator. He now works exclusively to help clients reach agreements without court intervention. With his experience, Mark understands the challenges of divorce, and can help clients achieve reality-based solutions that are supportive of their long-term goals and interests.
Mark was rated among the “Top 25” Family Law attorneys in the State of Washington by Washington Law & Politics Magazine. Mark has taught and written extensively, including as a contributor to peer-reviewed journals and books, in areas as diverse as Collaborative Divorce, community property law, legal ethics, business and real estate law, and other family law and divorce issues. He consults and has trained attorneys and other professionals internationally in the Collaborative Divorce process, and is a co-founder of the Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group. He has received numerous honors, including “Attorney of the Year” by the Family Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association in 2005, “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics magazine every year since 2007, the highest possible rating by Avvo, and an “AV” (preeminent) rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Mark is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mark lives in Seattle with his wife and loves to ride his bicycle.