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Mark A Chinn

Divorce and separation Attorney at Jackson, MS

4.8   78 reviews

also known as Chinn & Associates

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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State MS
    Acquired 1978
    Status
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About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    45%
    We are dedicated to delivering not only the highest level of expertise, but levels of service which have never been thought of, to people in divorce. We maintain the highest level of trial skills, while at the same time encouraging resolution.

    10 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Nothing is more important than children and we maintain the highest levels of trial skills to protect child custody but are also dedicated to resolving family conflict civilly if possible.

    10 years

  3. Marriage and prenuptials
    20%
    Prenuptial agreemnts are best drafted by family law specialists such as ourselves, not business lawyers. Mark Chinn has published articles and made speeches on the topic of prenuptials and has expertise to draft the best possible agreements.

    10 years

  4. Alimony
    5%

    10 years

  5. Child support
    5%

    10 years

  6. Family
    5%
    We believe in family and we are adept at helping families reach constructive solutions to problems.

    10 years

HELPING MISSISSIPPI FAMILIES REGAIN THEIR STRENGTH. PREMIER STATEWIDE DIVORCE PRACTICE.

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:

  • Top 50 Lawyers in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal
  • Best Family Law Firm in Mississippi by Corporate INTL Magazine
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

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.

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Chinn & Associates, PC

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Better than Recommended, exceeds expectations
Attorney Chinn: the epitome of Knowledge, Professionalism, Ethics. I could not be more pleased. My case was defending myself from false, baseless, hurtful accusations from my spouse. While quite difficult emotionally, Mark Chinn provided counsel not only for strategy to defend and amazingly I was vindicated with prejudice with a granted motion to dismiss before even putting on a defense, but he also offered the perfect counsel regarding my children and maintaining a positive loving relationship during a horrible time for all!!! Astonishingly wonderful! We prevailed at every step! The process was grueling although, again Mark Chinn was there every step. His knowledge, expertise is unsurpassed. Equally important to me though his ethics are beyond reproach. To have trusted counsel on each of the above I humbly consider a true blessing. Attorney Chinn should be the only choice of counsel in family law. Everyone going through has unique circumstances, Mark Chinn has the expertise to achieve the best possible result regardless. Trust him, please.
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Posted by Shauna | April 16, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
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Great customer service and very kind. They also worked quickly to take care of my issue. I definitely recommend Chinn & Associates.
Posted by Cal | January 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary Custody Result
Mark represented me during my divorce, and I could not be more pleased. Throughout the lengthy process of our case, he was empathetic, meticulous, and matter of fact. He has years of experience and accolades, and he exudes confidence. He's great at what he does, and he knows it. He has all of the attributes someone is looking for when trying to find a good lawyer. He kept me current as to what was going on with our case, what was happening with the opposing counsel, and still checks in on me. He is passionate about what he does and does it extremely well. He's going to tell you exactly how it is, so don't expect any sugarcoating. His associate, Janeah, is just as passionate. She is organized, her mind is sharp, and she is a great counterpart to Mark. They are a true force to be reckoned with, and I'm glad they were on my side and not the other. As a man seeking custody of my children, I was worried about the outcome. It was a tough time, but Mark kept reassuring me about myself and my case, and he was right. He got an extraordinary custody result without even having to go to trial. I truly couldn't be more pleased with Mark and Janeah, and I can't recommend them enough.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultant
I highly recommend Mark. He brings decades of experience and highly credible counsel. He was a steady voice of reason during an emotional time for my family. He stays close to his clients and is quick to respond. I always knew he was "on it." He partnered with my family to the very end of what turned out to be a longer than expected process. The outcome was worth the wait. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by TH | January 12, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce/Custody
My son hired Mark to represent him in a divorce which primarily centered around obtaining custody of his young children. I had recommended Mark because I knew that he drew from a deep well of experience in family law. Mark met our high expectations completely. He was responsive, always well prepared and knew how to handle the anxiety that accompanies divorce, particularly one with custody issues. Mark’s associate Janeah Kerr added additional strength to the team. The process went on far longer than anyone expected, but Mark and Janeah helped us remain calm and patient. All matters were ultimately settled to our complete satisfaction without the necessity of a painful trial. We are deeply grateful and cannot recommend Chinn & Associates more highly.
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Posted by Linda | September 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce, complicated
I found Mark Chinn & Associates during the most desperate time of my life. While I was suffering from difficult health issues, I was unexpectedly served with divorce papers after years of separation. I live out of state and had no idea how I would find representation or if anyone would be willing to accept my case. Mark graciously agreed to represent me for a flat rate fee. My divorce has been complex, involving many documents & research; much more than any of us expected. This man has the integrity, determination and compassion of any professional I have ever encountered. Janeah and Wendy have provided the utmost support, guidance, patience & understanding than I could have ever imagined. Their concern for my well being has felt most sincere, genuine and greatly appreciated. I could not have gotten through this arduous process without them. I trust Mark, Janeah and Wendy with my most personal and private aspects of my life. My family and I are forever grateful.
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Posted by Manae | September 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Could have not asked for better. A true blessing.
Words are beyond what I can say. I was in a bad litigation situation not well represented and found myself stuck, so I thought until God lead me to Attorney Chinn’s office. Attorney Chinn not only was extremely professional, compassionate, attentive etc. but is a God fearing man. Despite his busy schedule as an Attorney, he made sure to personally keep me abreast and made sure to explain the process with an extremely well established plan. He involved me in every decision made and went above and beyond his call of duty. Attorney Chinn gave me sound advice before and after court which helped me gain confidence and gave me a peace of mind. Attorney Chinn even checked on me and my kids to make sure that we were ok after the ruling. God used Attorney Chinn to kindly and softly shut the mouths of lions that attempted to destroy me. My review is by far for publicity. It is to truly share my experience and testimony of what God has accomplished in my life (Victory) through Attorney Mark Chinn and his team. I could not thank them enough. If you are reading reviews trying to figure out whether to contact Attorney Chinn’s office for Family matters, there is no need to hesitate. Make that call before you blink. You will not regret it. It surely was worth every penny. Abundant blessings. You are by far thee best!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Mark and his team are compassionate, caring, competent, and fair. I also appreciated his calm demeanor. I would highly recommend anyone that is going through a family law issue to use Mark and his team. They really are good people and good attorneys.
Posted by Geoff | July 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
Excellent representation and guidance through a very difficult time. I highly recommend Mark and his team. He always gave sound advice that was very reasonable and responded immediately and effectively to the many crisis issues that came up. He's also not going to nickel and dime you to death. Very reasonable up front fee that is know and transparent before any agreement is entered upon. And even though my divorce is final, I know that I can reach out to him at any time for advice and guidance.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer
Mark Chinn and associates were incredible to work with. I can not express my gratitude enough for this team. Not only are they knowledgeable and experienced but they truly care.
Posted by Ally | May 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Attorney
Mr. Chinn was able to answer all of my legal questions in a time efficient manner. I had no idea I was entitled to the amount of money that I ended up receiving in the divorce. Mr. Chinn's guidance allowed me to leave the marriage with enough money to get back on my feet as a single woman. I cannot recommend him enough!
Posted by Nathan | April 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Mark recently navigated me through my divorce in the complexities of the legal system, and I cannot recommend him highly enough. Mark was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and empathetic throughout the entire process, and his expertise and guidance were invaluable in helping me manage this difficult time. From our first meeting, Mark put me at ease with his calm and reassuring demeanor, and he was always available to answer my questions and provide advice whenever I needed it. He was also an excellent communicator, keeping me informed every step of the way and ensuring that I felt comfortable with every decision we made together. Mark's attention to detail and commitment to providing the best possible service truly set him apart, and I felt confident in his ability to represent my interests every step of the way. He worked tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome, and I am grateful for his dedication and hard work. Overall, I would recommend Mark to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, compassionate, and skilled attorney. Thank you, Mark, for your help and support during this difficult time.
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Posted by Jessica | April 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Custody/visitation modification
Hiring Mark made a difficult situation bearable. He was truly top notch to work with. I needed help and I needed the legal matters resolved quickly. Mark made sure that happened. Within a matter of weeks we have resolved the issues and I can breathe again. Mark was honest, gave clear direction and advice, and accomplished things QUICKLY. I would most certainly recommend him to anyone in need. I also appreciated his fee based pricing. I knew going into it exactly how much I would be spending, which alleviated a lot of stress. I didn't have to worry about any hidden fees at the end. Thank you Mark Chinn and Associates!
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Posted by Chris | December 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
100 Percent Recommend
Mark and Janeah both fought hard to help me through a difficult time. Knowledge and experience both count, and I am thankful for both of them! Would recommend Mark and his team for anyone going through a divorce.
Posted by Beau | November 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally Exceptional!
I cannot say enough about Mark, Janeah, and the entire firm! I do not live in Mississippi and had a very complex case. I appreciated being able to pay them to do a job, and they do more than simply deliver exceptional results. They fight for you and you can truly trust they have you’re best interests, as well as my children, at heart. I hope you never need their services, but I personally would recommend no other firm. Thank you for what you did for my girls.
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Posted by Thomas | October 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce Case
Always felt like Mark and his team were doing everything they could. It was an unusual case and he kept me up to date, delivered the facts, and didn't make any unrealistic promises. I would recommend him to anyone
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody Outcome
Mark and Janeah are pros. They know their business and work hard to achieve the desired outcome for their clients.
Posted by JUDY | August 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce & Alimony Modification
I hired Mark 16 years ago to represent me in a very complex divorce.. with his knowledge & perseverance we won big both financially & personally… his caring attitude & professionalism influenced my son to become an attorney- he also wanted to affect peoples lives in a positive manner… I recently had to rehire Mark to give me another win - my ex-husband wanted alimony modification… Marks preparedness and extensive knowledge on this matter gave us another big win… Mark is the best at what he does…. Always including the emotional support needed in hard times.
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Posted by Sarah | July 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A wonderful attorney for a tough period of my life.
Mr. Chinn helped me through an incredibly difficult period of my life. I am a lawyer myself, but barred in another state, and was not at all prepared for what Mississippi family law had to throw me. Mr. Chinn helped me through it all with a steady hand, and always made me a priority. He was able to see the big picture of my case from day 1, and did everything to help me achieve the very best result for me and my child.
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Posted by Gyl | June 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Delivered what he promised!
Mark Chinn was recommended to me by all of my attorney friends. Now that it's all over, I know why. Mine was a contentious divorce, and he handled the situation with ease! He got me what I wanted, in a short time, and helped to keep me calm through the storm. He was communicative, attentive and effective. Recommend without reservation!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Chinn & Associates, PC
  • 1988 - Present

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Iowa State University
  • Undergraduate
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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
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Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
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Publications

  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
Endorse Mark
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark practices at the highest level, in a field that could use more of his gentlemanly approach. He will be the first to seek resolution of your legal problems through amicable compromise, but he will be thoroughly prepared to take your case to court if needed. I recommend this attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Mark Chinn for more than 10 years. He is a superb attorney, who also is devoted to his family, his church, and his community. Intelligent, knowledgeable about the law, well prepared and hard working, Mark cares about his clients and their cases. He demonstrates this in how he and his staff treat their clients during their cases and how he advocates for then with "the heart of a lion"."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mark is one of the most decorated family law attorneys in Mississippi. He has earned his place on the top shelf of our practice section."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is one of the founders of the International Academy of Attorneys for Divorce Over 50. He is very well respected in the family law field! I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is a great lawyer and a great family man. He has my highest recommendation. He knows the law, will deal with you straight-forward and honestly and does a great job."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mark Chinn. I first met Mark Chinn through the ABA Family Law Section many years ago. Mark is one of the most respected family lawyers in America. I have had the opportunity to work with Mark and we have worked together representing clients in Tennessee and Mississippi. Mark successfully balances a professional and ethical approach with that as a strong advocate for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark Chinn is not only an outstanding lawyer and author; he is a great human being. I consider him a role model and the most knowledgeable family law attorney I know."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark Chinn literally wrote the book on family law in Mississippi. When my clients need help with divorce or other family law issues, I refer them to Mark. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of a family law attorney."
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Jackson Divorce and separation Lawyer Mark A Chinn
Mark A Chinn
Divorce and separation Attorney
Jackson, MS
Licensed for 45 years
Virtual consultation available