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Susan Unok Marks

Education Attorney at Scottsdale, AZ

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found

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About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Education
    Special Education, 504 Plans, School Discipline, Accommodations

    9 years

  2. Administrative law
    DDD and ALTCS benefits

    9 years

  3. Discrimination
    Disability Discrimination under the ADA and Section 504

    9 years

Susan Marks is an Arizona special education and disability law attorney with the Law Office of Susan Marks, PLLC. Susan works out of Sedona, AZ and has an office in Scottsdale.

Susan is also a Professor Emeritus of special education at Northern Arizona University where she coordinated the Autism Support Professional graduate certificate, taught courses in the BCBA certificate program, and courses in teaching methods and assessment of students with significant support needs. Her primary focus was on teaching methods to support inclusive practices. Susan has worked in the field of special education and developmental disabilities for more than 40 years.  During those 40 years, she worked in residential programs, rehabilitation programs, and school programs serving individuals with disabilities.

Susan received her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Oregon. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). She has a number of publications and has presented at national and regional conferences on inclusive education, autism, and various disability topics. 

Susan's legal practice focuses on disability- and special education-related issues that are covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She assists family members and individuals with disabilities to access services in schools and universities, employment settings, and community settings. She handles appeals to challenge the denial of ALTCS and DDD services.


Law Office of Susan Marks, PLLC
3260 N. Hayden Road, Suite 210
Scottsdale, AZ, 85251


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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Susan is a very caring, professional and experienced lawyer. She did a great job on guiding us. Even tho we didnt get to file for a complain we are very satisfied with her services. She a very understanding lawyer and she listens to everything you have to say. I will definitely recommend her. We are very thankful we had her guidance.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Never Back Down
I hired Susan Marks to assist me in pursuing my district for FAPE for my son. Susan was very understanding of our unique situation, she listened to our story and worked so incredibly hard as she represented us through 2 separate due process cases. Susan is a true professional, and was always available when we had questions and she answered them with ease. I would highly recommend Susan! If it weren't for her we wouldn't have been able to continue to give our son the gift of a voice.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Susan Marks & Advocates, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Professor
  • Northern Arizona University
  • 2001 - Present
  • Legal Extern
  • ACLU of Arizona
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Legal Extern
  • Dna People's Legal Services
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Legal Extern
  • Arizona Center for Disability Law
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Research Social Scientist
  • SRI International
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Behavioral Counseling & Research Center
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Fresno Unified School District
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Madera County Office of Education
  • 1982 - 1988
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  • Arizona Summit Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Univ. of Oregon
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 1995
  • California State University, Fresno
  • MA - Masters
  • 1988


  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Arizona Center for Disability Law
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • District Court of Arizona
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • The Arc of Arizona
  • Board Member: Vice President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis (AzABA)
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arizona Autism Coalition
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Arizona TASH
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • TASH (The Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities)
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Navajo Nation Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CALI Award-Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • CALI
  • 2014
  • CALI Award-Lawyering Process IV
  • CALI
  • 2013
  • CALI-Lawyering Process I
  • CALI
  • 2011
  • CDAD Leadership Award
  • Northern Arizona University, Commission on Disability Access and Design
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (9)
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Education Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan's professional background makes her uniquely knowledgeable about education issues. She is passionate, professional and easy to work with. I am happy to endorse Susan."
Education Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Susan for several years, as we started law school together. Susan was always the brightest student in every class but was alway humble. I highly recommend Susan."
Education Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Susan is a true advocate for those with special needs. Her decades of experience combined with her can-do approach produces results for her clients. I met Susan in law school and was immediately impressed with her deep desire to advocate for those with special needs."
Education Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is one of the most meticulous and conscientious attorneys I know in the educational system. She is a fellow alum from law school and additionally a fellow Ph.D. not just a J.D. I encourage you to request her services if it's in one of her primary fields! I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is a conscientious individual and thought-leader in her field. I endorse this lawyer, especially for disability-related issues."
Education Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan has the knowledge and passion that every lawyer needs!!!"
Unknown Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Susan is incredibly smart and incredibly kind. She has a lot of experience as well."
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