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Mark A. Chinn has been married to Cathy since 1978, and they have four daughters and a granddaughter. Mark operates a firm that serves clients in the field of family law. He has an AV rating and a perfect 5.0 Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
He is the author of three ABA books, How to Build and Manage a Family Law Practice, published by the Family Law Section and Law Practice Management Sections and The Constructive Divorce, published by the GP/Solo Division and Forms, Checklists and Procedures for the Family Lawyer, published by the ABA Family Law Section in 2010. He is also author of chapters entitled, “Marketing is Not a Dirty Word,” in How to Capture and Keep Clients, and “The Exit Interview” in 101 Practical Solutions for the Family Lawyer, both published by the ABA.
Mark is a frequent contributor in periodicals such as theAmerican Journal of Family Law, The Family Advocate, Small Firm Profit Report and Fair Share on the subjects of client relations, service and law practice management.
Mark has been featured in the National Lawyer’s Weekly Magazine for delivering world-class service. He has been a frequent speaker for the American Bar Association Family Law Section, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, The Iowa and Indiana Bar Associations, and the Mississippi Bar on issues of family law practice management and delivering world-class service.
Mark has received distinction from the following publications:
He is one of the one hundred attorneys that were selected from Mississippi for membership into the Outstanding Lawyers of America.
Mark was the recipient in 1996 of the Award of Merit for distinguished service to the Bar and the public and was enrolled as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation in 1997. Mark has been Chairman of the Family Law Section of the Mississippi Bar twice and a member of the governing council of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association for two terms. His other work with the Mississippi Bar has included: Chairman in 1995-96 of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee, and past service on the Ethics, Client Relations, Women in the Profession, and Fee Dispute Resolution Committees.
Mark was Chairman of the Lamar Order of the University of Mississippi School of Law Alumni Association in 2002. He was President of the Hinds County Bar Association for 1998-99 and is a Master of the Bench in the Charles Clark American Inn of Court.
He was elected Vice Chair of the Supreme Court’s Gender Fairness Task Force and was appointed by the Governor of Mississippi to the Children’s Justice Task Force.
Community activities include: Chairman of the Jackson Urban League Board of Directors (1995-2000); Chairman of the Tenth Jubilee! Jam in May 1996 which featured the Olympic Torch; Jubilee! Jam Foundation Board, Arts Alliance Board, Opera Board and Leadership Jackson.
Black belt in Karate and kick boxing and a veteran of the 20 years of Rugby, Mark is also a private pilot and enjoys golf and weightlifting.
Mark received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1975 and his Law Degree from the University of Mississippi in 1978. He is admitted to practice in all courts in Mississippi, the Fifth and Seventh Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Mid-South Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2020|
|Best Lawyer||The Best Lawyers in America||2020|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2020|
|Family Law Client's Choice||Avvo||2020|
|Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2020|
|Top Ten Attorney Award||National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys||2019|
|Best Family Law Firm in Mississippi||Corporate INTL Magazine||2017|
|Best Family Law Firm||Corporate INTL||2016|
|Best Family Law Firm||Corporate America Legal Elite||2016|
|Lawyers Citizenship Award||Mississippi Bar Association||2014|
|Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi||Mississippi Business Journal||2013|
|Pro Bono Lawyer Award||Volunteer Lawyers Project of Mississippi||2011|
|Business Integrity Award Finalist||Mississippi Business Journal||2004|
|Award of Merit||Mississippi Bar Association||1996|
|Owner||Chinn & Associates, PC||1988 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section||Board Member||2009 - 2015|
|Mississippi Bar, Family Law Section||Chair||2009 - 2012|
|Urban League of Jackson||President||2005 - 2012|
|Lamar Order Society of the University of Mississippi School of Law||Chair||2001 - 2002|
|Hinds County Bar Association||President||1998 - 1999|
|Forms, ChecForms, Checklists, and Procedures for the Family Lawyerklists, and Procedures for the Family Lawyer||Forms, ChecForms, Checklists, and Procedures for the Family Lawyerklists, and Procedures for the Family Lawyer||2020|
|How to Build and Manage a Family Law Practice||How to Build and Manage a Family Law Practice||2019|
|ebook--found at www.chinnlaw.com||A Lawyer's Guide to Value Pricing||2015|
|Ebook found at www.chinnlaw.com||Cross Examination of the Forensic Expert||2013|
|The Constructive Divorce Guidebook: Empowering Families to Reach Long-Term Positive Results||The Constructive Divorce Guidebook: Empowering Families to Reach Long-Term Positive Results||2007|
|University of Mississippi School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Iowa State University||Undergraduate||1975|
|Supreme Court Clerks CLE||Malpractice Prevention||2020|
|Mississippi Bar Association Leadership program||Becoming a Pillar of Society||2019|
|Capitol Area Bar Association||Basic Marketing for the Small Firm||2019|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section, CLE||Avoiding Malpractice||2019|
|University of Mississippi Family Law Seminar||Work Smart Not Hard||2018|
|Mississippi College School of Mediation Certification Conference||Mediation for Family Lawyers||2018|
|Mississippi Bar||How To Hand Your Shingle||2018|
|American Bar Association, Family Law Section, CLE||Client Relations||2018|
|Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas||Marketing for Consumer Based Law Practices||2017|
|Divorce Law Guide from A to Z||Mediation||2014|
|Divorce Law Guide from A to Z||Tips And Techniques For Case Assessment And Vital First Steps||2014|
|NBI CLE||Divorce Case Intake and Pre-Litigation Tactics||2013|
|Alvin Johnson, Sr. v. Anna Johnson, 2018-CA-01416--COA||reversed in favor of Chinn client|
|James Walter Schimpf, Jr. v. Karen Schimpf Hardy, 2017-CT-0213-COA||reversed in favor of Chinn client|
|Jason Castle v. Mary Castle, 2017-CT-0213-COA||award of lump sum alimony to Chinn client affirmed|
|Michael A. Huseth v. Tavia M. Huseth, 2012-CA-01601-SCT||case reversed in favor of Chinn client|
|Richard Broderick Jones v. Nevada Rae Barr Jones, 2011-CA-01503-SCT||case reversed in favor of Chinn client|
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