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Mark Gardner

DUI and DWI Attorney at Mayfield Heights, OH

4.8   94 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2003

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2003. See details

About Mark

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Location

Law Office of Mark Gardner
1392 SOM Center Road, Lower Level
(stand-alone office building, between Wendy's & Scramblers)
Mayfield Heights, OH, 44124

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by CL | September 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely effective representation
I got an extremely high speeding ticket, and hired Mark to represent me. He's very clear with communication of the court process and expectations, and was able to get my ticket dropped to an equipment violation, after completion of traffic school. He also helped provide some very blunt and straightforward advice in addition to answering my questions and handling my case well, which is a high testament of character. How Mark helped me out here is a good example of what I aspire to be once I become a father.
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Posted by Ephraim | February 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best in the business.
We had a rather complicated case that almost all law firms turned down. This man embraced us, and made sure he got my uncle’s accident record removed, keeping him to still drive a truck and feed his family. What’s even more is his reasonable rates. God bless you kindly Sir.
Posted by Dominic | February 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped with Speeding tickets
He has helped me multiple times in different townships. He is attentive and gets the job done! I’d recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Matthew | November 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST LAWYER
Mr. Gardner was my attorney in a recent trial. What he accomplished was incredible. I felt honored to sit next too him at my trial. He got my 1 case thrown out, and the other 2 charges I was found not guilty. To say he’s the best attorney out Thur would definitely be a understatement by far. I highly recommend Mr. Gardner if you are looking for the best, professional, and authentic attorney. He also help me understand life and common sense. 5 stars isn’t enough for Mr. Gardner. Thank you again Mr. Gardner!!! You are truly a inspiration in mine and my families life. Thanks for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Some of the best service I've ever had, regardless of profession
Mark was a consummate professional throughout our entire process. He was upfront at the start and I honestly felt like it was a case of too-good-to-be-true. He was charging less than half of what other attorneys would charge. I was skeptical when he didn't forward me anything to sign immediately. Could I trust this stranger? The answer: yes absolutely. Mark came through with a successful reduction of my initial violation as well as handling the clerical errors the courts made post trial. Mark was speedy in his responses and never left me feeling like he wasn't in total control. He didn't even ask me to write this, I am just so thrilled with his work that I had to post somewhere. If I could break the rating scale, I would. 5/5.
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Posted by Ian | May 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Suspended license case.
I have hired mark on two separate occasions now, I have been left speechless with what he has been able to accomplish in both of my cases. Extremely professional and very highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic
Mark is an excellent attorney. The person that gave him a 1 star Review on this site is comical. Mark cares about people and his clients. He will more than help you one in court but he also offered some settle advice regarding life. Great lawyer and good man.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tough case, handled professionally, with very favorable results
Tough case, that would have affected my employment. Through marks diligence and professionalism I was given an outcome that allowed me to maintain my license, my employment and caused minimal disruption to my life. Lesson learned, and I won’t be needing him for this type of case ever again, but if you or someone you care about find yourself in need of legal assistance, Mark is bar none, the best.
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Posted by Yash | March 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding
Contacted Mark by looking at the reviews here. He helped me to resolve the speeding ticket issue quickly and professionally. Excellent service, I highly recommend Mark.
Posted by Tom | March 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miracle worker
Mark went above and beyond for me and I am sure he does this for all his clients. I hired Mark due to a driving under suspension charge, but my case was not a normal case. In 2016 I received my one and only OWI charge in Wisconsin while being an Illinois resident. My first bit of advice is never drive under the influence, obviously, but if you do make sure you never do it while you are an Illinois resident. EVER. Seriously. Over the last 3 years I have hired very high profile lawyers that easily cost more than $10,000 (11,075 to be exact) and have paid over $3,000 in classes and fees for both states. I was cleared to drive through Wisconsin, but in Illinois the Secretary of State (more specifically their hearing officers - and in my opinion are not bound to legal precident, common sense, or literacy) would not lift hold. In 2018 we moved back to the great state of Ohio. Unfortuanly, but fortunately, I wasn't able to get a ride to work and made the decision to drive. The reason I say fortunately, is because I would not be sitting here today as a licensed driver without the hard work of Mark Gardner. Mark was hired to help with the DWS charge, but in order to get me the best outcome, he took it upon himself to research do additional research. He found an obscure legal precident that allowed me to become a licensed drive in 49 states. Basically, due to the ridiculousness in Illinois, Ohio was able to grant me full driving privledges after I took the written test. In addition to this, Mark was able to get my charges reduced to a mere non-moving violation. All of his services were LITERALLY a fraction of the cost of the so called "high profile" lawyers in the aforementioned states. I do t want to pass over a few details that people might not realize. Mark takes all of his own calls, he doesn't have a secretary, para-legal, etc. Trying to get ahold of my OWI attorney in Wisconsin was an infuriating nightmare. I was beyond pleased when I called Mark and he actually was the person on the phone. He answers calls or texts back immediately. 7 days a week and damn near all hours of the day - even while on freaking vacation. He truly cares about his clients, and not just with the case he was hired for, but I believe he truly wants to better our lives. Lastly, Mark, this note is for you. You do not charge enough. Maybe you request a humble compensation because you want to be able to help people that weren't as fortunate as I am. I also don't recommend charging $7XXX.00 like my lackluster Wisconsin lawyer did, but I want you to know that if you did I would have no regrets properly compensating you for your service and legal/life advice. Thank you again for everything you have done for me and my family. You honestly have changed my life for the better.
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Posted by H & M | March 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark Gardner is THE BEST lawyer in whole of Ohio !! We love this guy.
Without going into specific details of the case, let me tell the person who's reading this, Mark Gardner is gold. He responded immediately. He always answered all our questions and was on top of his game regarding our issue. Once we got him involved, we were absolutely relaxed and got on with our daily lives. He solved our entire issue, told us to relax and not worry. At the end of the interaction he gifted us salt and pepper shakes and we were absolutely delighted. He is friendly, competent, fast and knows every nook and cranny of the law. We highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
resident of Bath Township
I was cited for a speeding ticket in a construction zone. Mark represented me, got the charge dropped/reduced to a substantially smaller charge and along with it, lowered my cost and avoided any points. He was easy to work with, efficient and highly effective. I recommend him highly!
Posted by Conrad | January 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I didn't have to go back to Cleveland
Our family was in Cleveland for a hockey tournament, we are Canadian. I was charged with Criminal Trespass for something I didn't do...I know everyone claims innocence but I actually never trespassed. I am required to travel to the US for work and a charge like this could jeopardize my career. With a Criminal Trespass you are required to attend a court date. I wrote a review of my situation on AVVO and Mark responded. I contacted Mark and he assured me I didn't need to drive back to Cleveland. Mark attended the 2 court dates and with a not guilt plea. To sum this up, Mark attended court to represent me and ultimately got the charge dropped before trial and I paid zero court fees. The Police officer made multiple mistakes and Mark exposed them. I would highly recommend consulting and hiring Mark. He is a straight shooter and to the point. Thanks Mark, you definitely relieved a lot of stress!
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Posted by Paul | December 28, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
In the fight
A few days ago I had a few questions about my license suspension and what it all entailed and Mr.Gardner was able to cite all the sources while explaining to me in depth what I can and cant do. While looking at his profile I noticed he had a disciplinary action taken against him in 2003. Of course I looked into it because I was nosy and wow! I am in awe. A lawyer that will actually defend you and argue when injustice is being done. People, I can tell you having a lawyer that will go to bat for you is the most important thing. Most lawyers just wanna cut a deal and call it a day. With Mr.Gardner I feel its a very different story especially if you are in the right. If I ever need legal counsel or representation down the line Mr.Gardner will be my first call. Thank you again for answering all my question with great detail Mr.Gardner.
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Posted by Nick | December 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Resolved Without Me Going Anywhere
I was charged in Ohio while travelling, and I live and work well out of state. Since I did not need any additional points on my license at home, I found Mark. He pled me down to 0 points. Now, you may at first be wary of a guy that uses a @gmail for primary correspondence. But it's all good. Mark was willing to talk over the phone and e-mail promptly regarding my case. He probably did more work than lawyers I have paid 5 times as much for. And I could leave it up to him to handle the paperwork while I did not have to come back to Ohio.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Guy.
I hope I never have to use him again of course, but I would if I needed to. He was very available and understanding about addiction and what it does to people. Very easy to talk to and though I don't know how often he was in contact with his other clients, he stayed in touch with me regularly. If the business of being a lawyer were to collapse, he would make a good substance abuse counselor. ……….. Thanks Mark!
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Posted by Fareeha | December 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
traffic misdemeaner
When I spoke to Mr Gardner on the phone, I was initially put off by how the conversation was going. However, he answered all my questions and gave me run down of the proceedings. He sounded very knowledgeable and confident, so I hired him. Stated "Sit back and relax; your in safe hands". I have to say I am very impressed with how quickly he resolved the issue (even before the actual court date) and downgraded the ticket to a lesser charge with no points. I would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by Allison | December 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Favorable Results at a Reasonable Price
Mark is the attorney to call if you want favorable results for a moving violation. He was helpful from the moment I contacted him on a Sunday afternoon. I did not have to appear in court and Mark was able to settle the matter on the original court date. He was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the speeding charge down to an "Unsafe Vehicle" violation. That is a 0-point, non-moving, equipment offense. Also, the Ohio BMV does not report non-moving traffic convictions back to the person's home licensing state. So PennDOT & my Pennsylvania auto insurance company will never hear about what occurred in the Ohio court. Mark was extremely knowledgeable on how to handle the situation, provided excellent communication, was very professional and charged a reasonable fee. I could not have asked for better results.
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Posted by Dana | November 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark Gardner is an excellent lawyer
Great communicator. Thorough and excellent knowledge of the system. Extremely reliable. Got me the best result - speeding ticket at two points was reduced to a non moving violation 0 points, with no effect on insurance rates! Thank you Mark for being such an excellent lawyer and advocate!
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is your go to guy!!
In Simple words - Initial Count - 333.04 - AGGRAVATED SPEED Amendended to - 337.03 - HEADLIGHTS REQ - MOTOR VEHICLE As guaranteed by Mark, he was successfully able to get down the count from 'Aggravated speed' of 4 points (50 mph on 25 mph road ) to charge that is a 0-point, non-moving, equipment violation (Headlight Required on a Motor Vehicle). 0-points on BMV record, no insurance rate increase either. Without any doubt he is your go to guy! He knows his strengths. I highly recommend him.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2003.

Suspension For Term issued in OH, 2003
updated on 02/16/2019

Suspended for term means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Mark's comment: “As the saying goes, “To err is human, to forgive is divine.” To which I’ll add: “To drain language of it's ordinary meaning is quite judicial, and the results rarely divine." Especially for me in this case. Truth IS the most important commodity we have in this life.”

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Mark Gardner
  • 2005 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Cuyahoga County Community College
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • City of Geneva
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Partner
  • Gardner & Kucharski
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Ass't Lake County Public Defender
  • Lake County Public Defender's Office
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Fire/Weapons Controller
  • U S Coast Guard
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Intelligence Operations Analyst
  • U.S. Air Force
  • 1982 - 1985
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Education

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • State University of New York, Empire State College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990

Associations

  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chairman
  • 1998 - 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual DUI Seminar
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
Endorse Mark
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is extremely knowledgeable and a tremendous advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gardner is an exceptional attorney. Although I have been practicing law for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, prosecutor, and private attorney, I learn from his responses on Avvo every time that he posts. If I needed an attorney, I would hire him. I recommend him with no reservation. It would be the best investment of your life to hire him to represent you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a great advocate who always puts his clients interest first. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in representing his clients. I have no hesitation in recommending to person who finds himself charged with a crime,"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is an exceptional and distinguished DUI and criminal defense attorney. His untiring zeal in the pursuit of truth and justice for his clients is exceptional. Moreover, Mark serves as a leader among his peers in Ohio by helping other lawyers improve their knowledge and trial skills. I commend Mark’s approach to DUI and criminal defense and I am grateful for the example he sets for his peers."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a contributor to a resource shared by those practicing DUI defense. He is tough, smart and indefatigable. If you have a DUI in greater Cleveland, you'd be wise to hire him. Think you can't afford him? You CAN'T afford NOT to hire him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This profile should list that Mark was zealously defending his client when he was reprimanded by the Supreme Court. Perhaps it was overly passionate plea on behalf of his client but he is an excellent attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had privilege of speaking at numerous seminars that Mr. Gardner was also speaking at. Mark shares his ideas and work products without expecting anything in return. He is a frequent and highly sought after speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars on the topic of DUI/OVI defense. If I were charged with OVI, I would want Mark Gardner representing me!"
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Mayfield Heights DUI and DWI Lawyer Mark Gardner
Mark Gardner
DUI and DWI Attorney
Mayfield Heights, OH
Licensed for 31 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2003. See details