|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Life Member, National Registry of Who's Who||National Registry of Who's Who||2000|
|Attorney||Olson & Olson, PLLC||2000 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Office of Mark D. Olson, P.S.||1996 - 2000|
|Attorney||Jonson, Hurley, Olson & Olson, P.S.||1980 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Past Chairman Family Law||1996 - 1997|
|Troxel v. Granville 530 U.S. 57, 120 S. Ct. 2054 (2000)||Grandparent's lost visitation rights but the Court set forth guidelines for States to follow for third party visitation statutes|
|Koher v. Morgan, 93 Wn. App. 398 (1998)||Trial Court award to client affirmed|
|Custody of Smith, 137 Wn.2d 1 (1998)||Third party visitation statute held to be unconstitutional|
|See all legal cases|
|Trial News Washington State Trial Lawyers||My Experience in the U.S. Supreme Court||2001|
|King County Bar Bulletin||Non-Attorney Family Law Mediators in Court Ordered ADR||N/A|
|Gonzaga University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of Washington||Mathematics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|What Family Court Judges Want You to Know||Family Law Judical Panel||2012|
|13th Family Law Conference||Protecting Children's relationships||2009|
|Family Law in Washington||Family Law||2004|
|10th Annual Family Law Institute||Spousal Maintenance||2003|
|WSTLA Annual Conference||Child Support Exptrapolation||2002|
|Superior Court Judges Spring Program||Third Party Visitation||2001|
|WFLR Family Law Conference||Meretricious Relationships||1999|
Posted by Patrick
The short: Mark is the attorney you want on your side. PERIOD.
The amount that Mark has done for my family can not be put into words. There were times he walked along side me, and there were times he carried me through the journey, but never once was he not honest, true to his word, or ethical.
With over 9 opposing lawyers I've seen all types and Mark is the one you want on your side. He's extremely well known and respected for very good reasons and that makes a huge difference. Walking down the hallways of the courthouse you feel like you are walking with royalty and it shows not only with other lawyers but the judges and support staff. Everyone respects Mark and respects what he stands for. During one hearing, the commissioner politely explained to the opposing counsel that her remarks against Mark were out of line because
Mark is extremely ethical and would never do what she accused him of. Mark's reputation stands on his history and when he stands beside you, it carries an enormous power. When other lawyers walk up after a hearing and shake Mark's hand congratulating him, you know you have the right guy on your side.
Mark is a family man, gets what it means to be a dad, a father, a husband, and a person, and stands up to wrong doing. Mark will not steer you wrong, and if you follow his advice and do what you need to do, the end result will be best that can be.
Mark was sometimes blunt, always direct, sometimes coaching, sometimes drill sergeant, but ALWAYS the voice of reason. I've seen all kinds of attorneys from the bulldogs to the pistol wielding nut jobs, and I can honestly say that honest, ethical, respected, and hard working wins the race every time.
I was in the war for my children's lives and there was no better general out there fighting for them. And now we are together and happy. There isn't anything I could say that would explain more to anyone how much Mark did for my family then when I hear my kids yelling "Daddy, Daddy" and them jumping into my arms. Mark made that happen, pure and simple. Other attorneys would have listen to the lies about me, followed down the normal mom's have custody rails, and been done, but Mark knew it was wrong and fought and fought for my outcome.
I’ll say it again; Mark is the attorney you want on your side. PERIOD. You sure don't want to be on the opposite side of him, just ask the countless attorneys that have tried and failed.
Posted by Victor
Mark handled a fast moving Divorce and later custody case for me. Mark’s knowledge of my case and guidance through the process was impressive. When the ex moved and attempted to bring the children with her, we had to scramble to keep my children in their school district. That was done not only successfully, but seamlessly.
Mark was notable especially in contrast with the attorneys my ex hired – they routinely took outrageous positions and even brought my children into routine financial issues.
Mark handled this matter professionally, keeping emotions out of what is essentially an accounting exercise.
Marks bills were clear and well within expectations – I myself am an attorney and review bills routinely and have a basis for stating that. Mark’s courtroom skills are impressive - he is well versed in procedure, law and the facts of my particular case. Having been in courtrooms before, I was impressed with Mark.
I highly recommend Mark.
...I should have hired him to do a prenup!
Posted by Grant
I selected Mark Olson as I thought my divorce was likely to become a difficult and adversarial, but I was very much interested in a collaborative and fair divorce. Mark had the experience to help me accomplish fair outcome in the various motions we had to defend/file as well as the professionalism, experience and patience to accomplish a fair and honorable negotiated dissolution. I could not recommend him more highly.
David Marshall, Child abuse Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
It has been my privilege to share ideas on tactics and strategy with Mark. I've seen the creativity and insights he brings to his work for his clients. His experience and skill make him a leader among Seattle family law attorneys.