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About Me

I take a practical business approach to creating legal solutions for clients. With more than eighteen years experience in both business litigation and transactions, I understand that business people want clear, concise explanations of the issues so they can understand their options when they, as opposed to their attorney, make decisions that affect their business.


Languages Spoken: German

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Practice Areas


  1. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    24 years, 240 cases
  2. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
    24 years, 325 cases
  3. Admiralty & Maritime: 20%
    24 years, 140 cases
  4. Business: 20%
    24 years, 80 cases
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes), Pro Bono (10%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Edward Wallace Russey III

    Mark and I attended law school together then worked together at two different law firms. In all three venues, I found Mark to be incredibly intelligent, capable, diligent, tenacious, and creative. He also has a practical, business approach to representation. I heartily recommend him to any one considering his legal services.


    Edward Russey Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info


4 San Joaquin Plaza Suite 130
Box 12
Newport Beach, CA, 92660



Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public reproval with/duties
    issued in CA, 2013


    This sanction means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar placed conditions on the lawyer's activities to try to prevent a recurrence of the wrongful act.

Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
OC Top Five Lawyers For Corporate/IncorporationOC Metro Magazine Based on Avvo Ratings2009
Duane Higbee Trade Member AwardMarina Recreation Association2006
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
President/PrincipalLaw Offices of Mark D. Holmes2008 - Present
PartnerMcKasson Klein & Holmes LLP2001 - Present
PartnerOswald & Yap2000 - Present
AssociateOswald & Yap1997 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Le Tip West Orange CountyMember2010 - Present
Le Tip of West Orange CountyMember2010 - Present
National Council on Drug Dependency and Alchoholism - Long BeachGeneral Counsel2007 - Present
International Association of Marine InvestigatorsMember2006 - 2008
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
National Association of Marine IndustriesMember2006 - 2008
Center Club of Orange CountyMember2006 - Present
Marina Recreationa AssociationGeneral Counsel2001 - Present
Rotary Club InternationalMember2001 - 2008
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange CountyMember1998 - 2008
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesAssociate Member1994 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Orange County Concrete Contractor - Names Withheld For Privacy ReasonsTransaction successfully concluded
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Publication NameTitleDate
Marina Recreation Association NewletterTIME FOR YOUR NEW YEAR’S RISK ASSESSMENT2010
Marina Recreation Association NewsletterA Short Note on Liens2009
Marina Recreation Association NewsletterA Second Note About Liens Against Vessels2009
Marina Recreation NewsletterA Third Note About Liens2009
Marina Recreation Association NewsletterBAH HUMBUG -- WHAT I DO IF THE CUSTOMER FILES BANKRUPTCY?2009
MRA Legal CornerMarkel Insurance v. Dagmar's Marina LLC: Why Failing To Properly Contract Before “Running With Scissors “ Can Cause Unnecessary Litigation — and Liability To Marine Businesses and Their Insurer2008
Marina Recreation Association NewsletterMRA Legal Corner2007
Marina Recreation Association NewletterMRA Legal Corner2006
Marina Recreation Association NewsletterMRA Legal Corner2005
Marina Recreation Association NewsletterMRA Legal Corner2004
Marina Recreation Association NewsletterMRA Legal Corner2003
Marina Recreation Association NewsletterMRA Legal Corner2002
Marina Recreation Association NewsletterMRA Legal Corner2001
Texas International Law JournalSEC v. Wang: A Warning Signal to International Banks of Potential Double Liability1991
Lawyer of the AmericasAn Analysis of Latin American Foreign Investment Law: Proposals For Striking A Balance Between Foreign Investment and Political Stability1991
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawCertificate -- Mediating the Litigated Case2010
University of Texas School of LawLawN/A1991
Boston UniversityBusiness AdministrationMS - Masters1986
California State University SacramentoEnglishN/A1981
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Marina Recreation Association Annual Conference“LEGAL ISSUES THAT MARINAS MAY ENCOUNTER IN GOING GREEN”2009
Marina Recreation AssociationWhat To Do After The Tsunami Hits:2008
Yearly ConferenceLegal Issues For Marine Business: Legal Steps To Greater Profitability And Enjoyment2007
Ten Minute PresentationOverview of Practice -- Incorporation/Contracts/Employment2007
CYBA Legal SeminarWhat Yacht Brokers Need To Know When Dealing With Marinas and Boatyards2007
Yearly ConferenceRisk Management Strategies For Boat Rental Operations2006
Bi-Monthly MeetingPractice Overview - Incorporation/Contracts/Risk Management2006
Yearly ConferenceGaps and Traps: Marinas Using Independent Contractors2004
Yearly ConferenceProactive Steps For Decreasing Marina Liability2003
Yearly EventThe Pros and Cons of Alternative Dispute Resolution2001
Yearly ConferenceIntroduction to Admiralty Jurisdiction1996