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Mark D Ropp

Estate planning Attorney at Portland, OR

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 11 years
    Washington - WA 5 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2018
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration.

    12 years, 100 cases

  2. Probate
    Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration

    12 years, 14 cases

I am a native Oregonian, originally from Depoe Bay, Oregon.  I grew up on the coast, working on fishing boats and enjoying the outdoors.  I attended Oregon State University before moving to Reno, NV for 4 years.  After a few years in Reno, I realized that there is no place like Oregon and I moved back.  I attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, and I have lived in Portland ever since. I am a partner in a small, 4 attorney law firm in Garden Home.  I am still an avid outdoorsman, enjoying scuba diving on the coast, fishing, hiking and boating.  My wife and I live in the Beaverton area with our 2 year old son.  My current passion is building my law firm and enjoying my family and friends.

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Southwest Portland Law Group, LLC
8235 SW Oleson Rd. Ste. C
Portland, OR, 97223

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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful, trustworthy lawyer
Mark helped me on a contested probate. I had already engaged one lawyer in Portland, whose employment I had to terminate due to dishonesty, and fought through an ancillary probate in Las Vegas where I realized that clients/beneficiaries can easily become victims to their attorneys. It was a relief to find Mark, who is straightforward, clear, knowledgeable and honest. I felt at all times that he had my best interest in mind. He helped me to understand my options, make good choices, and was very easy to work with.
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Posted by Rebecca | April 25, 2016
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Great Help with Estate Planning
Once my husband and I started a family, we realized that we needed to get serious about estate planning. We worked with Mark to put together a Will, an Advance Medical Directive/Healthcare POA, and a General Durable POA. Mark did a great job of explaining why each document type was necessary and walking us through the issues we should consider, including ensuring that our insurance policies matched the directives in our Will. After we completed our core estate planning objectives, Mark talked us through some additional estate planning strategies we may want to consider moving forward to better protect our assets and make estate management easier (i.e. creation of a family trust); we plan on working with Mark again in the future in this regard.
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Posted by Andy | February 2, 2016
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GREAT Estate Attorney
Mark handled a family member's estate for us and did a great job. We had no idea what needed to be done and Mark handled all of the paperwork and legal filings with great efficiency. We wouldn't hesitate to use his services again.
Posted by angela | January 28, 2016
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Mark D. Ropp
We used Mark's services for updating our will and end of life medical care requests. We also had him act as our attorney on a possible land sale to a government entity. He was prompt, friendly, organized. He came out to the land site to help interact with county officials.
Posted by Jere | January 28, 2016
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Hard-Working, Committed Representation Who was a Great Help with Complicated Property Tax Issue
Mark was retained to help our non-profit, tax-exempt organization manage a property tax dispute with a local government agency in which our organization was incorrectly charged a tax bill of over $50,000. Unfortunately, the issue had been mismanaged by previous administrators in our organization, so Mark was faced with a difficult situation that was several years old and required significant research. Mark found out that because of our organization's delay in dealing with the tax bill, the statute of limitations/appeals period had lapsed; however, he continued his exhaustive research, looking for any precedent that might give us a way to appeal the bill outside of the statutory appeals period. Unfortunately he was not able to find any case law to support a favorable legal outcome, but he truly believed that the tax bill was wrongly applied, and felt strongly enough about the merits of our argument that he offered to negotiate directly with the government agency on our behalf to try to attain some relief from the bill. After a sometimes contentious negotiation that lasted several weeks, Mark was able to secure a reduction in the tax bill of over 50%! This relief was a true godsend for our small organization. Mark is an extremely bright, hard-working, and motivated attorney who shows great commitment to his clients. We cannot give him any higher recommendation, and any time we have a legal issue to deal with in the future Mark will be the first person we call.
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Posted by S. D. | July 18, 2015
Revocable Trust
I am MOST impressed with this lawyer, as out of THREE responses, he's the only one who said my Trust would hold up, as long as there aren't any mitigating instances. Every other one has tried to convince me to "consult" with an attorney - obviously them to drum up work?? There will be no contest to the Family Trust, as my husband's residence is still in CA. For my personal trust, he is the Co-Trustee. I know this from being a Paralegal in CA. I will eventually have a new one done, just to clean up some stuff - I've had changes in my Executors, as a couple have died. So, I WILL clean it up - and will go to this gentlemen because he isn't full of it.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Southwest Portland Law Group LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner
  • Mark D. Ropp, Attorney at Law
  • 2012 - 2014


  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Oregon State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lee v. May
  • My client prevailed


  • Real Estate and Land Use Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Estate Planning and Administration Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Honors Appellate Brief
  • Bill Chin, Lewis and Clark Law School
  • 2010
  • Dean's Scholarship
  • Lewis and Clark Law School
  • 2009


Speaking Engagements

  • Hass Region Top Performers Conference
  • Leadership
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (12)
Endorse Mark
Litigation Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is an excellent advocate - both in person and in his legal writing."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a driven advocate and helps his clients navigate complicated legal issues."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Mr. Ropp when I handled a litigation matter against his partner. Since then we have conferred multiple times on multiple topics. His diligence, grasp of the law and ethical nature are impressive. I endorse Mr. Ropp."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great guy who calls you back and follows up."
Probate Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mark on a probate matter and I found him to be very thorough and knowledgable. He was always accessible and promptly responded to every phone call and email. I highly recommend him and his firm."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mark showed outstanding professionalism during the entire course of the matter."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a smart, competent, and committed attorney. He is an excellent listener, a great communicator, and is committed to finding creative, cost-effective solutions to his client's legal challenges."
Probate Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very resourceful and good at solving problems for clients. I would highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mark is an experienced attorney whose attention to detail allows him to come up with creative and effective solutions for his clients. He is extremely responsive to his clients needs, and is committed to always providing exceptional legal service."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mark is an experienced and highly effective attorney, particularly in the areas of estate planning, real estate, land use, and business formation and transactions. He approaches each client matter with outstanding committment and tenacity while remaining professional and courteous in all his dealings. I strongly recommend Mark's legal services."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mark is an excellent Estate Planning attorney. I feel lucky to have worked with and for Mark on Estate Planning matters as his tutelage was crucial to my own development in this practice area. He is excellent at thinking outside the box and never gets tunnel vision. Additionally, his wide array of life experience gives him an insight into legal matters that another attorney would have a very difficult time matching."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is insightful, extremely intelligent, practical, efficient and the absolute best choice for real estate, estate planning and land use matters. I highly recommend him to all potential clients."
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