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Mark Alan Brown

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.8   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 45 years
    California - CA 46 years
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1977
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Mark

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Practice areas
  1. Family

    44 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Litigation

    44 years, 100 cases

  3. Business

    44 years, 300 cases

  4. Estate planning

    44 years, 300 cases



Mark was an instructor at the University of Puget Sound, School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law) from 1977 to 1979 before entering private practice in Seattle.  He is admitted to practice in California as well as Washington.


Mark has substantial experience in complex family law litigation, including marital separation and dissolution, meretricious relationships, domestic partnerships, contested custody, parenting disputes and related matters. 


Additionally, he has served as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) representative for minor children in a variety of dissolution and parentage cases.


He also represents as number of small businesses and family partnerships in a variety of corporate and business matters.  He has represented clients in numerous litigation matters in trial courts, administrative hearings, arbitrations and mediations.  


Mark is on the panel of approved Arbitrators appointed by the King County Superior Court; and on the panel of approved Mediators participating in the King County Superior Court Litigation Settlement Program


Community Involvement:


Mark's community activities have included memberships on the Queen Anne Community Council, the Queen Anne Lutheran Church Council, the Hilltop School Board of Directors (Chair), Bishop Blanchet High School Parent Club (Fundraising Chair) and the O’Dea High School Father’s Club (President), among others.


He has also been active in youth baseball (ages 7-18) in Western Washington for over 25 years, having served as a coach, administrator, and board member in a variety of local and regional organizations. He continues his service as a baseball umpire at several levels of play.




Mark is a member of both the California State Bar (1977), and the Washington State Bar (1979).  He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of California (1977), the Northern District of California (1980) and the Western District of Washington (1979).


He is also a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the Family Law Section and the Litigation Section of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association and the Snohomish County Bar Association. 




Juris Doctor from Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1977.  Articles Editor, Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal.


Bachelor of Arts in History from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1974.


Mark A. Brown, P.S.
1301 5th Avenue
Suite 3401
Seattle, WA, 98101

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Posted by Todd | July 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A Lifesaver
Mark is a truly dedicated, knowledgeable, compassionate attorney with precise attention to detail. He quite literally saved the lives of me and my children. You will not go wrong hiring him for any family law matter.
Posted by Vera | March 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Absolute best lawyer
Mark is the very best lawyer you could wish for: knowledgeable, experienced, smart, responsive, dedicated, thorough. He worked with me with generosity, kindness and humor. I appreciated his direct, honest communications and valuable counsel, and I am most grateful for his calmness, consistency and patience during a very difficult time. With external parties he was my strongest advocate. Unfortunately I did not find Mark initially and as my second lawyer he had the difficult task of turning around a situation that was not progressing and that had resulted in bad outcomes for me; under his direction we made steady progress and he navigated us to the best possible conclusion of a complex situation.
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Posted by Debbie and Wayne | January 9, 2021
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Hire Mark, never look back!
Mark is by far the best Attorney that I have met to date. He does a variety of law issues, and was/is involved in personal issues that I am facing currently. He is articulate, sharp, never misses a beat, and will always give you the frank true advise before going down a long winding road. Mark is superb! I would call his office today, had I known years ago he was around! Thanks Mark for all of your professional, very detailed experience and help!
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Posted by Deborah | January 9, 2021
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Fabulous Attention to Detail Attorney
Mark is an excellent Attorney. He has an immaculate way to pay attention to detail, explains everything crystal clear and I would recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney for any type of issue with Wills, family law, or Estate Issues, pre or post death. Mark is someone I will come to for many years with issues, but lets hope no more issues will be coming our way.
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Posted by Bryan Zandi | October 16, 2018
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Phenomenal Character
Mark Brown is one of the very knowledgeable and generous lawyers that I have met. I sent Mark an offer regarding a legal issue that I had encountered with. He, however, did not accept my case due to practicing different areas than mine, but he spent his time and sent me two emails with detailed legal advice and recommendations; For free! Nowadays, most attornies charge clients for every single word coming out of their mouth even if it is not related to the client's case! As a matter of fact, his advice was extremely helpful and led me, who was literally lost with his case, to find out the proper solution.
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Posted by Terri | April 29, 2018
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Best lawyer on the face of the planet
I simply cannot say enough good things about Mark Brown! Attentive, professional, fair, expedient, thorough, etc. A rare gem amongst lawyers, and I am eternally grateful to him!
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
exactly what I need
I was in a very tenuous situation with my divorce and Mark came in with a strong hand and solid advice. He guided me through a difficult situation with clear, concise and confident advice and guidance. I felt lucky to have him on my side and 100% confident in his abilities to get me the best outcome possible.
Posted by Michael | April 26, 2015
Solid Representation
Working with Mark has been the best experience I've had working with a lawyer .He showed great patience in dealing with some thorny situations. I clearly knew he was on my side. He looked out for my interests in a skillful way. I felt I got more than my money's worth. And the billable hours were more than justified and in real time. He did his job. And he did it very well.
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Posted by Mary | August 16, 2014
Responsive, Knowedgeable & Helpful for 30 years
Mark Brown has been my attorney for 30 years. He has handled a number of issues that have arisen for my family and myself. He has provided advice and counsel when he deemed I could take care of the matter myself. I am most appreciative of how responsive he is and the followup he provides to ensure that matters have been settled. I have recommended Mark to family and friends and I highly recommend him to you.
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Posted by Fabiola | April 3, 2014
Honesty, hard work and sense of urgency!
When I firs contacted Mark Brown I had previously done a research on several family lawyers and their reviews on line; my case was particularly difficult because I live out of state and I could not personally meet with my potential lawyer so I had to REALLY find the right person that was going to care and work efficiently and honestly on a long distance process; to be specific I had to recover my son's custody ASAP and with given situation being as delicate and sensitive as only a mother could imagine, I could not be more grateful, surprised and relief by the results. Mr. Brown's level of honesty, approachability and sense of urgency turned my son's life around for the best! I absolutely recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2013
I recommend Mark Brown
My mistake was not hiring Mark Brown sooner. He took over my divorce from another attorney. I would highly recommend him (and have) to anyone looking for a competent divorce attorney.
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2011
I had a very complex divorce case and Mark delivered. I strongly recommend him based on experience, transparency and results. I'm very happy with the service Mark and his office provided.
Posted by Scott | February 19, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results , Expert
Mark represented me in a difficult divorce. I found him to be extremely competent, experienced, and of the highest integrity. I would recommend him to others in this position. Mark has also prepared my will and estate plan and has provided excellent counsel throughout the process
Posted by Curt | September 9, 2010
One of the best lawyers I have ever meet
Mark Brown has represented me on a couple of cases. One he recived a contempt of court on my exwife the other was a prenuptial agreement. The prenuptial agreement help up as he said it would because I did as he told me to do from the start. I have referred over 6 people to Mark and have not heard of one complaint. Even my mother was happy at the end. Thank you Mark
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Posted by Ben | December 18, 2009
Great Advocate and Thoughtful Advisor
Mark represented me well in a very difficult divorce. My former wife had the advantage of family money and a high profile lawyer. With Mark's help, I was able to win 50-50 custody of our 2 daughters, and a property settlement that allowed met keep my business. Through several court hearings (filed by my wife) I found Mark to be an excellent advocate in the court room; and was able to obtain much better results that I had the right to hope for. Also, because custody of our children was an issue, my wife and I had a "parenting evaluation" by a court appointed expert. Mark prepared me thoroughly for that evaluation process, which I feel really made the difference in obtaining a favorable recommendation from the evaluator. I found that Mark has a great reputation with the judges and the parenting evaluators, with a lot of trust and credibility. I was an emotional wreck; but with his help I was able to get shared custody of my daughters and a great property settlement as well. I have worked with several lawyers in connection with my business; but Mark is the best.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2009
Condescending and left me with a very poorly drawn-up parenting plan
I am still suffering with the horrible Parenting Plan this attorney helped me put together. I know of no one else with as bad a PP as I have as the custodial parent, i.e. almost no vacation time with my child. He left the mediation in a hurry to go on vacation. He always spoke to me in opaque legalese rather than as a human. That I could have happily borne if the work was good, but when other lawyers try and help me out of fixes from this very uneven plan now, they are astonished at how badly written it is, with many, many grey areas. When I tried to discuss my dissatisfaction with him, he said he could no longer help or speak to me. I would never want a friend to be stuck with the sort of situation I have thanks to the "help" I got from this lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Mark A. Brown, P.S.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc.
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Aiken & Brown
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Aiken & Fine
  • 1983 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Wheeler & Brown
  • 1981 - 1983
  • Attorney
  • Holman & McCarthy
  • 1979 - 1981
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  • UC Hastings COL
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Northwestern University
  • undergraduate
  • 1974


  • Contributing Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ceridian Provider Network
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Family Law Section and the Section of the Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • The Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • The King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Mediator
  • King County Superior Court's Litigation Settlement Program
  • 2010
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • King County Superior Court
  • 1997
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • King County Superior Court
  • 1995
  • Arbitration Panel Member
  • King County Superior Court
  • 1987
  • Speaker & Lecturer
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • 1985
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  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Developments in Domestic Discovery
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute
  • Discovery in Domestic Litigation
  • 2013
  • National Business Institute
  • Discovery Procedure in Divorce Litigation
  • 2011
  • National Business Institute
  • Effective Discovery - Establishing the Primary Parent in Custody Litigation
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education - Family Law
  • Developments in Domestic Discovery
  • 2014
  • CLE - Family Law from A to Z
  • Washington Practice & Procedure Regarding Discovery
  • 2013
  • Continuing Legal Education - Divorce Litgation
  • Post Trial & Enforcement Procedures
  • 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education - Parenting Disputes
  • Effective Discovery in Disputed Custody Cases
  • 2010
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Endorse Mark
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mark and I practiced together in the same law firm for 6 years, and I have known Mark professionally for more than 25 years. Mark is diligent and detail-oriented and has a great understanding of the law. I have recommended Mark to my clients who need family law legal services as a lawyer who will be a strong advocate for them."
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is an outstanding advocate for his clients. He is efficient, honest, knows the law and has excellent communication skills."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is hard working, ethical and very knowledgeable in this area of the law. I consider him to be one of Seattle's "senior statesmen" when it comes trustworthy and dedicated family law representation."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sometimes you just see a lawyer in the courtroom and you know they got it. Mark is one of those lawyers."
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Seattle Family Lawyer Mark Alan Brown
Mark Alan Brown
Family Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 46 years