Mark handled his first divorce cases in the mid-1980s as a law clerk while in law school. After becoming a lawyer in 1987, Mark moved back to Seattle, where he worked on business, construction, tax, real estate, estate planning, and family law matters. Over time, divorce and family law became Mark’s main focus and he earned an excellent reputation in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Mark’s experience includes most everything that arises in divorce and family law, including complex issues in parenting, business and real estate, and finance.
In 2003, Mark found his way to Collaborative Divorce and mediation. He enrolled in classes and did the necessary work to build skills and gain experience assisting clients to reach agreements outside the legal system. 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. Mark also added a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® certification to better help clients address important financial questions for their futures. 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 is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which reflects recognition in the area of family law and meeting exacting standards. Mark was rated among the “Top 25” Family Law attorneys in Washington by Washington Law & Politics Magazine in 2009. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the “Attorney of the Year” award from the Family Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association in 2005, the “Super Lawyer” designation from Washington Law and Politics magazine every year since 2007, the highest possible rating by the website Avvo, recognition by Best Lawyers in America, and an “AV” (preeminent) peer-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mark has taught and written extensively about divorce and about dispute resolution, including as a contributor to journals and books. He trains other professionals in the Collaborative Divorce process, and is a co-founder of the Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group. Mark lives in Seattle with his wife and loves to ride his bicycle.
Finding a good fit for a divorce mediator or Collaborative lawyer is a personal decision. It’s easy to learn whether Mark’s services are right for you. Call (206) 622-6707 or fill out the form on this page to schedule a consultation.