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About me

I graduated with Distinction from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. During my studies, I held membership in the Traynor Honor Society and received instruction in constitutional law from United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

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  • William Carlos Makler

    Mark is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. He is conscientious, knowledgeable and well-liked and well-known in the Santa Maria courthouse. You can't go wrong with him.


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Contact info

Law Office of Mark E. Powers

106 East Boone St., Suite A
Santa Maria, CA, 93454



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with Actual Suspension
    issued in CA, 1998


    This sanction means the 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: “On December 23, 2013, I received a full and unconditional pardon from the Governor of California for actions that led to State Bar discipline in 1998.”

  2. Interim suspension after conviction
    issued in CA, 1997


    This means the attorney temporarily lost his or her license to practice law while the State investigates whether the attorney should be disciplined. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

  3. Private reproval, public disclosure
    issued in CA, 1994


    Private reproval, public disclosure means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Graduated with Distinction UOP McGeorge School of LawMember Trainor Honor Society1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Mark E. Powers2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2007 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, Criminal Defense SectionMember2003 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1988 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
California State University, SacramentoN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1982