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NOTE: My civil litigation practice is located in the Central Coast of California (Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo counties), although I sometimes handle cases in Los Angeles, San Diego and Kern Counties.


Mark's practice focuses on business, construction, real estate, and personal injury litigation. His clients include property owners, businesses, contractors, manufacturers and individuals that he has successfully represented in trials involving contract claims, property disputes, jobsite accidents, product liability and professional liability litigation. Mark has obtained numerous favorable verdicts for his clients in trials and arbitration proceedings.


Mark is admitted to practice in all California courts and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.  He regularly speaks and publishes on various legal topics, and frequently serves as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Barbara Superior Court. 


Mark received his B.S. from the University of Southern California, his M.S. from the American Graduate School of Business Management, and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Mark currently serves on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara AIA and the Montecito YMCA, and he is a past director of the Santa Barbara Bar Association and Barristers’ Club. Away from work, Mark enjoys family life in Santa Barbara with his wife and three growing children. He is a jazz aficionado and enjoys travelling.



Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Construction: 50%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%



Hourly ($350-385/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Derek G Thiele

    I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mark on corporations, franchise, and civil litigation matters for a mutual client. He is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.


    Derek Thiele Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Robert Wayne Olson Jr

    Mark is a very pragmatic and fair-minded attorney. He takes the time to educate the client before jumping straight into litigation mode, and considers settlement options right up front. Now that I have seen his work, I plan to refer a number of business litigation cases to him.


    Robert Olson Mergers and acquisitions Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Mark T. Coffin

21 E. Carrillo Street
Suite 240
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2010
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2009
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Mark T. Coffin2014 - Present
PartnerChristman, Kelley & Clarke, PC2013 - 2014
Founding PartnerHardin & Coffin, LLP1998 - 2013
PartnerBorton, Petrini & Conron, LLP1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Institute of Architects, Santa Barbara ChapterBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Ventura Contractor's AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Santa Barbara Contractors AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Santa Barbara Bar AssociationPast Director1999 - Present
California Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Goleta Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - 2014
Montecito YMCAChairman, Board of Managers2010 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
El Escorial HOA v. Santa Barbara Villas, et al (SBSC 1003147)Defense verdict for Mr. Coffin's 3 defendants. Over $5M in damages awarded against other contractor defendants.
Lovejoy v. Estate of Visscher (SBSC 1268290)Jury awarded $814,055, below plaintiff stat offer.
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Publication nameTitleDate
SB Lawyer Magazine, SB Contractors Association NewsletterThe Myth of the "Standard" 1-Year Construction Warranty2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International ManagementN/AOther - Masters1989
University of Southern CaliforniaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ventura Contractors AssociationCalifornia Lien Law2014
California Construction ContractsCalifornia Construction Contracts2014
Ventura Contractors AssociationCalifornia Lien Law2013
SB Contractors AssociationCalifornia Lien Law2013
SB Contractors AssociationCalifornia Lien Law2012
California Lien LawCalifornia Lien Law2012
AIA, Ventura ChapterDesign Professional Liens & Construction Remedies2012
AIA, SB ChapterDesign Professional Liens & Construction Remedies2012
Ventura Contractors AssociationCalifornia Lien Law2011
SB Contractors AssociationCalifornia Lien Law2011