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Mark Carleton Blane

also known as Mark C. Blane

About me

Personal injury law allows me to combine my two passions: law and medicine.  I take pride in my legal work and do a very good job for all of my clients.  Here is a brief history of how I got here:


California trial lawyer Mark Blane is a solo-practicing attorney and legal author who specializes in personal injury law in downtown San Diego.  He is the author of The 10 Secrets You Need To Know About Your Injury Case BEFORE You Call A Lawyer, and the co-author of A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing:  What Your Insurance Company Doesn't Want You To Know and Won't Tell You Until It's Too Late.  


Mr. Blane graduated from Louisiana State University in Shreveport with two degrees, one in Psychology in May 1994 and the other in Criminal Justice in August 1995.  He went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in December 1998.  Mr. Blane has remained in San Diego and was admitted to the California state bar in June 1999. 


He has also been admitted to the Minnesota and Texas state bars, in addition to various federal courts across the United States.  Mr.  Blane represents people in Southern California who have been injured by the negligence of others due to defective products, automobile/motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, and other various accidents that have caused catastrophic loss.  He often finds himself against some of the largest insurance companies in the country, in addition to some of the most respected defense law firms in California.  He speaks English, Spanish and German fluently.  


Mr. Blane recognized early in his career that he wanted to represent ordinary people instead of corporate interests.  He enjoys the courtroom and understands the necessity of having jury trials available when needed to right the wrongs of those injured by the negligence of others.  By practicing personal injury law, he is able to combine his two passions:  law and human anatomy science.  He understands that not every injury case will need a lawyer, but every injury case, no matter how minor, should be discussed with good legal counsel.  The initial consult he provides is always without charge and he works exclusively on a contingency fee basis.  This means if he accepts and works on an injury case, he only charges a fee when he successfully resolves the case.  Otherwise, there is no charge for his legal services.  Thus, there is no financial risk to the client. 


Mr. Blane’s areas of expertise include serious injuries of the brain and spinal cord, and loss motion segment integrity of the spine and vertebrae, as well as effectively documenting these injuries for insurance companies and juries, if necessary.  This includes properly digitizing MRI/X-ray findings in order to appropriately document injury “impairment” by utilizing permanent impairment ratings per the American Medical Association (AMA) Fifth Edition.  Mr. Blane is a master of the AMA Fifth Edition, a medical assessment tool used worldwide to document medical impairment and one of the few personal injury trial attorneys in the United States who have experience using this powerful medical documentation to prove medical damages in injury/accident claims.    He is proud to have set a “new bar” in terms of representing his injured clients with powerful results.  Moreover, Mr. Blane is very effective in communicating this medical documentation to juries, should litigation become necessary.  He works closely with doctors, chiropractors and an entire spectrum of other medical professionals who best meet his clients’ individual needs.  He is always mindful that every case needs careful and detailed documentation, not only for the adjuster handling the claim, but for the jury that may need to see each aspect of an injury in straightforward terms.  As he is fond of saying, “appropriately and properly documenting the medical impairment of any given injury makes all the legal difference in the world.”


Mr. Blane’s law office is primarily comprised of a team of paralegals, and one Of Counsel attorney member, Chad James McGuire, Esq.  He likes keeping his legal team small and approachable, and makes sure his clients get his personal attention.  In fact, when you become a client of his law firm, you meet with Mr. Blane directly.  He never delegates a first meeting to an associate or paralegal.  Since all of his clients have been injured in some way, Mr. Blane is extremely proactive in documenting the medical care each client receives.  


You can find him at:


The Law Offices of Mark Blane

525 B Street, 15th Floor

San Diego, CA 92101

Tel:  (619) 813-7955

Fax:  (619) 946-7835










Languages spoken: Spanish, German, Italian, French

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 11%
    17 years
  2. Slip and Fall: 11%
    17 years
  3. Defective Products: 11%
    17 years
  4. Car Accident: 11%
    17 years
  5. Other: 56%
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Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

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  • Jayme Elizabeth Simpson

    I have had the pleasure of interacting with Mark Blane on multiple occasions in the San Diego legal community. He is a dedicated and hardworking attorney. Anyone seeking legal representation will be lucky to have someone like Mark on their side.


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Contact info

525 B Street, Suite 1500
San Diego, CA, 92101

The Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, APC

525 B Street, 15th Floor
San Diego, CA, 91914



TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative200508/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients Choice Award for Car AccidentsAvvo2015
Superb Rated AttorneyAvvo2015
A + RatingSan Diego Better Business Bureau2015
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2014
Superb Rated AttorneyAvvo2014
Avvo Top Contributor AwardAvvo.com2013
Leading AttorneyWall Street Journal2013
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau of San Diego2013
Leading AttorneyUSA Today2013
Superb Rated AttorneyAvvo2013
Superb Rated AttorneyAvvo2012
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau of San Diego2012
Best-Selling Author for "Protect & Defend"National Academy of Best-Selling Authors2012
Client's Choice Award for Car AccidentAvvo2012
Top Contributor Award for Car AccidentAvvo2012
Best Selling Author for "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"National Academy of Best-Selling Authors2011
A+ RatingSan Diego Better Business Bureau2011
Superb Rated AttorneyAvvo2010
A+ RatingSan Diego Better Business Burea2010
A+ RatingSan Diego Better Business Bureau2009
A+ RatingSan Diego Better Business Bureau2008
A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau of San Diego2007
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California2003
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Mark C. Blane, APC2005 - Present
AttorneyHiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP2000 - 2005
Contract AttorneySan Diego District Attorneys Office1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Better Business BureauA + Rating2014 - Present
National Academy of Best-Selling AuthorsBest-Selling Author for "Protect & Defend"2012 - Present
Law Offices of Edward BabbittAssociate attorney on cases from time to time2011 - Present
Law Offices of James Matthew BrownAssociate attorney on cases from time to time2011 - Present
National Academy of Best-Selling AuthorsBest-Selling Author for "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"2011 - Present
Law Offices of Ilona AntonyanOf counsel on personal injury cases2011 - Present
Delellis & AssociatesAttorney association with an injury case2008 - Present
Better Business Bureau of San DiegoMember in Good Standing - A + Rating2007 - Present
Law Office of Gerald BrodyAttorney association on an injury case2007 - Present
Law Offices of Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLPAssociate attorney on cases from time to time2006 - Present
Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLPAttorney case association2006 - Present
Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLPCo-counsel on personal injury cases2005 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1999 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaAttorney Member1999 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoAttorney Member1999 - Present
The Grand Lodge of the State of LouisianaMaster Mason1992 - Present
Kappa Alpha OrderMember1992 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember in good standing2014 - 2015
State Bar of TexasMember2014 - 2015
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember in good standing2013 - 2014
Law Office of Sammy RihanAttorney case association2008 - 2009
Better Business BureauA + Rating2007 - 2013
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer ProgramVolunteer Pro Bono Lawyer2002 - 2003
Minnesota State Bar AssociationResigned member2000 - 2003
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAttorney Member1999 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mario Marin v. A1 Alloy Recycling, et. al.$150,000.00 Settlement in pre-trial Mediation
Malena Capps-Connor v. American Home Products, et. al.Confidential Settlement
Dog Attack & Subsequent Fall Down Staircase in Home Accident$250,000.00 Settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
San Diego Inns of CourtCalifornia Trial Lawyer SkillsTrial Advocacy Intensive 4 Week Program2014
San Diego Inns of CourtCalifornia Civil Trial EvidenceEvidence Intensive 2 Week Program2014
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Louisiana State University, ShreveportCriminal JusticeOther - Bachelors1995
Louisiana State University, ShreveportPsychologyOther - Bachelors1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial Advocacy Skill ProgramTrial Advocacy Skills2014
Ligament Laxity in an Injury Claim & How To Do Document ItAMA Impairment2014
California Trial EvidenceTrial Evidence Skills2014
Interview by Mark BlaneWhat is Acupuncture Medical Care?2013
How to Maximize Your Patient's PI Case Through Medical DocumentationMedical Documentation for Injured Consumers2012
National Academy of Best-Selling AuthorsQuilly Post Award Interview - Hollywood, CA2011
Interview by Greg RolletHow to Maximize Recovery in Your Injury Case2011
University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, School of LawArbitration & Mediation2010
Guest Radio Appearance Biztalk Radio KCEO 1000 AMInjury Law in San Diego2010
University of San Diego School of LawCivil Procedure/Civil Litigation2009
Biztalk Radio KCEO 1000 amCivil Law Practice with Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, APC2009
Guest Lecturer of Professor Sidney Castle, PhdTeacher Indeminity | Plaintiff Lawyer Perspective | Education Law2006
Guest Lecturer for Professor Sidney Castle, PhdTeacher Liability | Playground Safety2005
Guest Lecturer for Professor Sidney CastlePlaintiff Work in School Liability2002
Guest Lecturer for Professor Sidney CastleInsurance Coverage and Trials2000