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About me

I enjoy interacting with people, and helping them resolve their disputes.  My values include:


Concern and capacity for each individual in light of their particular circumstances;

Civility and respect to lawyers and non-lawyers;


My reputation is aggressive, understanding and effective advocacy.  I believe in working hard to achieve the best settlment possible through negotiation and mediation but when that is not possible to aggressively advocate for my clients in court.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 65%
    31 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    31 years
  3. Civil Rights: 15%
    31 years



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

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  • Jonathan M Berman

    I worked with Mark on a matter which presented some very unusual facts, together with a number of complicated legal issues. I was extremely impressed by the wealth of knowledge that Mark brought to the matter. I was equally impressed by the extreme compassion that he demonstrated towards his clients, while at the same time providing passionate and powerful advocacy on their behalves. I highly endorse this lawyer.


    Jonathan Berman Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in OR, 2013


    This means the lawyer did something wrong but the bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished ServiceNational Lawyers Guild1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Pro Tem JudgeMultnomah County Circuit Court2009 - 2010
Committee CounselSenate Judiciary Committee1987 - 1987
Staff AttorneySt. Andrew Legal Clinic1984 - 1987
AttorneyMetropolitan Public Defender1981 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State Bar Family Law SectionMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fellows v. Coombs$1.3 million recovery
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Publication nameTitleDate
Oregon State Bar, Family Law Division NewsletterThe Rise and Fall of The Best Interests Standard in Third Party Custody and Visitation Cases2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthy SeriesStalking Orders2009
Annual Family Law ConferenceContempt and Enforcing Judgments2006
Family Law UpdateRelationship Agreements2005