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After more than 25 years in law at the government, small, large and humongous  law firms and being General Counsel for William H. Gates III (at Cascade Investment, LLC), in 2005 I decided to set up my own law firm.  I have had a wonderful legal career and thought there was no better time to become a solo practitioner.  It's been a great decision, as I  found that I do love practicing law - I just did not need the headaches of being a partner in a major law firm or answering to a "boss."  When my clients call, they get me on the phone.  When they need a document, I prepare it.  From my years in Seattle law practice, I know lots of great lawyers, in big firms, little firms and solo practitioners like myself.  So, when my clients need special expertise that I don't have, it's easy to connect them with the right lawyer. 


Practice areas


  1. Mergers & Acquisitions: 40%
    28 years
  2. Securities Offerings: 20%
    33 years
  3. Banking: 15%
    9 years
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 10%
    33 years
  5. Other: 15%
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  • Mark S Britton

    I worked with Mark at Preston Gates. I have referred many clients to him while he was there and since he has been on his own. Mark is an excellent lawyer that provides great client service.


    Mark Britton General Practice Attorney
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Contact info

10900 Ne 4th Street
Suite 1850
Bellevue, WA, 98004


DCInactive 198805/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington SuperLawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorSeattle University School of Law2007 - Present
PartnerLaw Office of Mark R. Beatty2005 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Washington School of Law2011 - 2011
General CounselCascade Investment, LLC2000 - 2005
PartnerPreston Gates & Ellis (now K&L/Gates)1990 - 2000
AssociateBrownstein Zeidman & Schomer1984 - 1987
AssociateLane Powell Moss & Miller1982 - 1984
Attorney AdvisorU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission1979 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Bar AssociationChair, Securities Committee, Business Section2004 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
The Business LawyerExchange Traded Options: Plaque or Panacea for Insiders?1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLaw CenterLL.M - Master of Laws1982
University of Washington School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of IdahoPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act SymposiumDodd Frank Bill - Summary and Criticism2011
31st Annual Northwest Securities InstituteKey Issues in Regulatory (Securities) Reform2011
Monthly Business Section MeetingProposed Changes to Regulation D and Form D2008
Business Section Mid-Year MeetingSecurities Regulation Update2008
Northwest Securities InstituteProposed Washington Revised Uniform Securities Act2006
Business Section Mid-Year MeetingProposed Washington Revised Uniform Securities Act2006
Meet the Securities RegulatorsProposed Washington Revised Uniform Securities Act2005