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Mark E Bratlien

Mark E Bratlien

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

About Me

Mark Bratlien started his criminal justice career in 1976 as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.  He was stationed in Germany for his three year tour of duty.  After being honorably discharged, Mark worked his way through college.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Business Administration/Finance from California State University at Dominguez Hills.

In addition to his military police experience, Mark worked for two years as a civilian contract military police officer for the U.S. Air Force while attending college, followed by several years as a police officer in So. California.  Mark was assigned to patrol and made thousands of traffic stops and hundreds of DUI arrests.  Mark finds this experience extremely valuable in his representation of clients charged with DUI and traffic related offenses.  It is real world experience that cannot be learned in law school or from a book.

Mark graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2002.  He worked for the Whatcom County Public Defender for over five years.  Through his skill and hard work, he achieved a winning record of trial victories.

Mark Bratlien lives in Bellingham, enjoys running, and golf.  


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Robert David Butler

    I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a bright, effective and efficient defense lawyer. I had the pleasure of trying a case with him when our clients were both charged with a very emotionally charged crime. Mark was a great advocate for his client as well as a great team player for the trial. I was impressed with his preparedness and advocacy skills. Since that trial, I have retained my high regard for Mark. When I see him in the courthouse with a client, I know his client is getting good service and being well taken care of through the criminal process.


    Robert Butler Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sean D Mckee

    Way back when I was a legal intern Mark took me under his wing and helped me learn what criminal defense work is all about. He is smart, professional, and always a strong advocate for his clients. His ability to spot legal issues is impressive as is his knowledge of the law itself. He is a great resource for other attorneys and an asset to his clients. I endorse him fully.


    Sean Mckee Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bratlien Law Firm

119 N. Commercial Street
Suite 195 B
Bellingham, WA, 98225



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior DeputyWhatcom County Public Defender2004 - 2009

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice SectionMember2003 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
California State University, Dominguez HillsBusiness Administration / FinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1992