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Mark Aaron Kaiman

Mark Aaron Kaiman

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Military Law

About Me

Attorney Mark A. Kaiman is a 1997 graduate of Washington State University in Pullman, and graduated with honors from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2000. Even though he went to law school in New York State, Mark’s northwest roots brought him back home to Washington in order to practice law. Mark has served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in San Juan County and as an Assistant City Attorney in Bellingham. Mark also sits as Judge Pro Tempore in San Juan County District Court. In addition to prosecutorial and judicial experience, he has broad experience in various areas of civil law, including family law and general litigation. Mark has extensive trial experience, as both plaintiff’s and defendant’s counsel. For the past several years, Mark has participated in the annual Law Week program in which high school students are coached by local attorneys and participate in a mock trial. Mark is also an avid pilot and aviation enthusiast.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    14 years, 300 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    14 years, 700 cases
  3. Military Law: 10%
    11 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($290/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • David Alan Nelson

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mark for a number of years as both opposing counsel and co-counsel. He is an honorable attorney with a high ethical standard. I also find him to be aggressive when necessary and a negotiator when it is in the best interest of his client. He is a serious litigator and cares about his clients.


    David Nelson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Keith C Celebrezze

    Mark is among the very finest attorneys I've been fortunate to work closely with in the 22+ years of my practice. I have known Mark for more than 5 years, both in federal court where I prosecuted cases he defended, and as a fellow WA practitioner. He has the unusual ability to get straight to the heart of complex matters, separating the wheat from the chaff almost automatically, naturally. Having served as a county prosecutor, he understands what is truly important in a case. This skill has proven essential in achieving optimal and early results for his clients that far exceed the typical. Mark has served faithfully and honorably in the armed forces; he has the important real-life experiences so often lacking. He brings this experience and intelligence to bear for his clients in each and every case, from the misdemeanor in muni court to the high-dollar civil rights suit in federal court. Mark is a true master of the craft, earning the admiration and respect of his peers.


    Keith Celebrezze Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Lustick Kaiman & Madrone PLLC

222 Grand Avenue
Suite "A"
Bellingham, WA, 98225



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising Stars of WashingtonWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Pro Bono Service AwardWashigton State Bar Association2009
Rising Stars of WashingtonWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Pro Bono Service AwardWashington State Bar Association2008
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Judge Pro TemporeWhatcom District Court2014 - 2014
Judge Pro TemporeBlaine Municipal Court2010 - Present
PartnerLustick Kaiman & Madrone2006 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of John O. Linde2003 - 2006
Assistant City AttorneyBellingham City Attorney - Criminal Division2003 - 2003
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneySan Juan County Prosecutor's Office2001 - 2003

Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Air Force Court of Criminal AppealsAdmitted to Practice2010 - Present
US Navy & Marine Corps Court of Criminal AppealsAdmitted to Practice2009 - Present
Lummi Nation Tribal CourtAdmitted to Practice2008 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesAdmitted to Practice2007 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationAdmitted to Practice2007 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2006 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
San Juan County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Justinianonot guilty verdict on all counts
Gillett v. FletcherClient's case defended successfully on appeal.
Chapman v. ChapmanHusband won his case

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Publication NameTitleDate
KGMI NewsProsecution Rests In Vehicular Homicide Case2011
Tacoma TribuneCrash witnesses testify on opening day of Bellingham teen's vehicular homicide trial2011
Yakima HeraldJudge says Hagarty can work Moore case2011
Tacoma News TribuneWitnesses: Teen driver looking down before fatal Bellingham crash2011
Bellingham HeraldLustick Law Firm opens Mount Vernon office2010
Islands SounderLopez teen gets 15-36 weeks detention for collision that killed Canadian man2010
San Juan IslanderKramer sentenced to 15-36 weeks in juvenile detention for fatal car crash on Lopez2010
San Juan Islander$75,000 settlement for Friday Harbor woman2010
San Juan Journal"Huge Win" for Friday Harbor woman assaulted by police2010
San Juan JournalLopez teen driver arraigned on vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment charges; trial begins Nov. 22009
San Juan JournalTeen driver will be arraigned Thursday; attorney says he'll plead 'not guilty,' is remorseful2009
Island GuardianFatal Lopez Accident Trial Set For Nov 2nd2009
San Juan IslanderVehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless endangerment charges filed against Lopez driver2009
bclocalnews.comCharges laid in fatal crash2009
San Juan County NewsJuvenile Arraigned on Six Counts in Lopez Collision2009
Skagit Valley HeraldLopez teen scheduled for court on vehicular homicide charge2009
Bellingham HeraldTwo Bellingham Attorneys Honored by Magazine2009
BNet Business NetworkLocal attorneys receive statewide honor2009
Washington Law & PoliticsKaiman Named Rising Star 20092009
Island GuardianFH Man Acquitted of Felony Assault2008
Islands SounderSJI man cleared of felony assault2008
The Bellingham HeraldBellingham homebuilder's collapse leaves millions in debts2008
NW Business MonthlyMark Kaiman Joins the Lustick Law Firm2006

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Washington State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1997

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
WWU Tangled Webs race and incarceration conferenceWhat are your rights in a Post-Constitutional Era?2013
Your Rights and the PoliceCriminal Civil Rights2010
Your Rights and the PoliceCivil Rights and Criminal Proceedure2008
KGMI RadioLegal Analysis and Commentary2008
KGMI radiovarious2007