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About me

One of the states in which I am admitted licenses me not only as an attorney but also a “Counsellor at Law”. I best counsel my clients as a supportive but calm buffer during their time of stress and emotion. With over 30 years in practice, I can clarify what seem to be incomprehensible procedures and legal gibberish to my clients, and explain how their facts fit into the legal factors the court weighs in deciding the issues.


If safety is not an overriding concern, I believe my client’s best interests (both emotional and financial) are served by negotiating agreed orders when possible, minimizing the mudslinging common in contested hearings. When hearings are necessary, my background as an accomplished debater, and writing skills derived as a legal writing instructor and Harvard English major, both help persuade the court.


In addition to full representation, I also offer hourly advice / drafting ("unbundled") legal services to individuals representing themselves. When the parties have their own attorneys but are unable to reach agreement, I have also served as mediator in settlement conferences since 1997.


Life is not all work, though. In my free time, I like digital photography, paddling a kayak, hiking, squash, tennis, cross-country skiing --- and playing Wii tennis, baseball, and bowling. Finally, I love tasty food and drink enjoyed with my wife and other good friends.


Favorite quote (from the late Judge McCutcheon, during a trial several years ago): “There’s still room in the law for common sense.”


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 70%
    30 years, 1.35 thousand cases
  2. Child Support: 20%
    30 years, 750 cases
  3. Family: 6%
    30 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  4. Mediation: 4%
    19 years, 46 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

17 total 

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  • Sharon Jean Blackford

    Mark is the voice of wisdom. He and I were opposing counsel on a divorce case, and I saw his practice style first hand. He demonstrated encyclopedic knowledge of the law, and was a tough advocate for his client. He never made an argument he couldn't back up, and the respectful tone of his arguments makes them even more powerful. He also never seems to have a "bad day," probably because he loves what he does. I ended up with tremendous respect for Mark by the time our case finished, and he has been a "go-to" guy for sound advice when I need it. I've been happy to refer clients to Mark, and endorse him wholeheartedly.


    Sharon Blackford Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Mark. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Seattle Divorce Services

2317 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA, 98107


NYResigned 198403/07/2016
NEFormer Member197904/20/2010
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Chair, committee commenting on statewide family law civil rulesKing County Bar Association Family Law Section2013
Elected to Executive CommitteeWashington State Bar Association, Family Law Section2013
Plain Language Forms WorkgroupAdministrative Office of the Courts / Washington State Access to Justice Board2012
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Professional Mediation Skills CertificateUniversity of Washington School of Law2010
Superior Court Commissioner Screening PanelKing County Bar Association2008
Bench-Bar select committee to revise Family Law Local RulesKing County Superior Court2004
Guardian ad Litem Training CertificateKing County Bar Association1996
Underhill ScholarshipBackus School of Law, Case Western Reserve UniversityN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySeattle Divorce Services2006 - Present
Managing AttorneyKing County Bar Association Family Law Mentor Program2005 - 2005
PresidentMark Alexander, P.S.1993 - 2006
N/ABonneville, Viert, Morton & McGoldrick1990 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationN/A1990 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionExecutive Committee 2013, Newsletter Editor 20151990 - Present
King County Bar AssociationChairman, Family Law Section1997 - 1998
East King County Bar AssociationN/A1994 - 2006
South King County Bar AssociationN/A1990 - 1994
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationN/A1990 - 1994
American Bar AssociationN/A1990 - 1993
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1990 - 1993
Publication nameTitleDate
King County Bar BulletinState Bar Association Choices2016
King County Bar BulletinA Dozen Family Law Tricks Before Trial2014
King County Bar BulletinService by Mail in Divorce After Ralph's Concrete2012
King County Bar BulletinChild Support Table: Then and Still Then2011
Washington State Trial Lawyers (WSTLA) Trial NewsBusiness Expense Deductions for Support Purposes1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Harvard CollegeEnglishA.B. with honors1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mentor ProgramFamily Law2015
Family Law ChangesSeminar Chair2015
Family Law Skills TrainingPresenting Your Case - Do's and Don'ts of Family Law Motion Practice2014
Mentor ProgramFamily Law2013
Mentor ProgramFamily Law2011
Parenting PlansDecision Making and Dispute Resolution2010
New Hurdles to Enter Final Parenting PlansCourt Database Checks and Residential Time Summary Report2007
Mentor ProgramFamily Law2005
Mentor ProgramFamily Law1999
Introduction to LawFamily Law Overview1998