NOTE: My civil litigation practice is located in the Central Coast of California (Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo counties), although I sometimes handle cases in Los Angeles, San Diego and Kern Counties.
Mark's practice focuses on business, construction, real estate, and personal injury litigation. His clients include property owners, businesses, contractors, manufacturers and individuals that he has successfully represented in trials involving contract claims, property disputes, jobsite accidents, product liability and professional liability litigation. Mark has obtained numerous favorable verdicts for his clients in trials and arbitration proceedings.
Mark is admitted to practice in all California courts and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He regularly speaks and publishes on various legal topics, and frequently serves as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Barbara Superior Court.
Mark received his B.S. from the University of Southern California, his M.S. from the American Graduate School of Business Management, and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Mark currently serves on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara AIA and the Montecito YMCA, and he is a past director of the Santa Barbara Bar Association and Barristers’ Club. Away from work, Mark enjoys family life in Santa Barbara with his wife and three growing children. He is a jazz aficionado and enjoys travelling.
Languages spoken: Spanish
Hourly ($350-385/hour), Retainer (always)
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Mark is a very pragmatic and fair-minded attorney. He takes the time to educate the client before jumping straight into litigation mode, and considers settlement options right up front. Now that I have seen his work, I plan to refer a number of business litigation cases to him.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Principal||Law Office of Mark T. Coffin||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Christman, Kelley & Clarke, PC||2013 - 2014|
|Founding Partner||Hardin & Coffin, LLP||1998 - 2013|
|Partner||Borton, Petrini & Conron, LLP||1993 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Goleta Chamber of Commerce||Member||2012 - 2014|
|Montecito YMCA||Chairman, Board of Managers||2010 - 2014|
|American Institute of Architects, Santa Barbara Chapter||Board of Directors||2009 - Present|
|Ventura Contractor's Association||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Santa Barbara Contractors Association||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Santa Barbara Bar Association||Past Director||1999 - Present|
|California Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|El Escorial HOA v. Santa Barbara Villas, et al (SBSC 1003147)||Defense verdict for Mr. Coffin's 3 defendants. Over $5M in damages awarded against other contractor defendants.|
|Lovejoy v. Estate of Visscher (SBSC 1268290)||Jury awarded $814,055, below plaintiff stat offer.|
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|SB Lawyer Magazine, SB Contractors Association Newsletter||The Myth of the "Standard" 1-Year Construction Warranty||2012|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management||N/A||Other - Masters||1989|
|University of Southern California||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1980|
|Ventura Contractors Association||California Lien Law||2014|
|California Construction Contracts||California Construction Contracts||2014|
|Ventura Contractors Association||California Lien Law||2013|
|SB Contractors Association||California Lien Law||2013|
|SB Contractors Association||California Lien Law||2012|
|California Lien Law||California Lien Law||2012|
|AIA, Ventura Chapter||Design Professional Liens & Construction Remedies||2012|
|AIA, SB Chapter||Design Professional Liens & Construction Remedies||2012|
|Ventura Contractors Association||California Lien Law||2011|
|SB Contractors Association||California Lien Law||2011|