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J. Mark Weiss

Mediation Attorney at Seattle, WA

3.8   13 reviews

also known as Mark Weiss


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Learn J.’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    90%
    As a neutral mediator, I help people reach agreements in their divorces. I have over 30 years of ongoing skill development in the field, including extensive training in mediation and certification as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

    29 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    5%
    I help people reach agreements in divorce and separation as a mediator. I do not represent people in court.

    35 years

  3. Family
    5%
    I help people reach agreements. I work as a mediator.

    35 years

As a neutral mediator, I help people reach agreements by working together to address their concerns and meet their objectives in their divorces. Lawyers are not involved In the mediation style in which I work. Many of my mediation clients start working with me from the time they first decide to divorce, so they can make interim arrangements and start building towards agreements from the outset, thereby avoiding unnecessary acrimony.

With over three decades of experience in helping people go through their divorces, and trained as a mediator and as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, I help those who are willing to commit to working constructively towards mutually acceptable outcomes, taking into account what is important to lead to a durable agreement. Together, we address the financial and co-parenting questions so you can move forward.

For more information, visit my website.

Licensed for 35 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 02/01/2023

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

Contact J.

J. Mark Weiss, P.S.
300 Lenora St. #1074
Seattle, WA, 98121

Reviews

3.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Jill | February 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Happy
It was a very long process to go from separation to divorce due to a variety of factors but through it all Mark was an excellent advisor and never rushed the process. The goal was to have the divorce be as harmonious as possible and Mark really respected that. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Randall Olbrich | March 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kept me sane
My divorce last year was unexpected and took a toll on me both physically and emotionally. I felt lost and unsure as to how to proceed so I was much relieved when I found an attorney that took the time to explain the process in a frank and caring way. During my initial consultation with Mark Weiss he gave my invaluable advice including asking me to work as much out with my spouse before in went to the lawyers. He also impressed upon me the fact to be as calm, kind and as civil as I possibly could be. I took his advice to heart and although far from painless it could have been so much worse. Mark’s response time to my questions was superb, usually same day. Mark Weiss made one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do bearable and kept me sane. You would be hard pressed to find a better lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2014
A grateful referral
There’s no such thing as a good divorce. There is such a person as a good divorce lawyer. That person is Mark Weiss. The dissolution of my marriage of many years came as a traumatic shock. I interviewed several attorneys, “traditional” as well as collaborative. Mark was the first one with whom I spoke. He immediately put me at ease and didn’t rush my questions. I left that initial meeting with a lot of information that helped me in subsequent interviews. Throughout the difficult year it took us to work through this process, I was fortunate to rely on Mark’s professional expertise, compassionate support, and wise counsel each step of the way. He immediately answered my phone calls and emails; he always made sure I understood every procedure and document; he explained every option presented to me. He worked well with the other attorney, the divorce coach, and the CPA, all of whom expertly and methodically helped me through what was a daunting and difficult experience. Together, the team’s efforts resulted in what I believe was a reasonable and fair settlement. I gratefully and vigorously recommend Mark Weiss if you are seeking honest, experienced, and highly capable legal representation.
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Posted by jane | January 29, 2014
Highly Recommended
Mark came to me highly recommended and I would pass on the same recommendation to others. Divorce is a wild ride on an emotional and financial rollercoaster and there are no safer hands for the throttle than Mark's. Mark is the voice of reason when you're in the front car and all you want to do is scream. He's the voice of reason when you're stuck at the top of the ride and just despair over a good outcome. He is highly supportive when you're not sure this ride will ever be over and you will feel good again. If you chose to work toward a collaborative settlement Mark is who you want. One of his standout qualities is that he is true to the collaborative process, always guiding toward a settlement that both sides can accept. Mark is patient and his financial knowledge and problem solving skills are outstanding. . Mark was a rock during this process and I am grateful to him for bolstering my self confidence and helping to create a settlement that I wanted and had a hand in designing.
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Posted by Nathan | February 19, 2013
Collaborative Divorce
After researching the differences between mediation and collaborative divorce, my ex-wife and I decided that collaborative divorce was the best fit for us. Mark represented me and my ex used different counsel. Together, Mark and the other attorney met with us to make sure it was a good fit before we got started. Overall, the process took a little longer than I had expected, but it was well worth it. What I will remember the most about the experience was Mark's caution to not strike a deal that will feel corrosive in the future. In other words, it's not always about the dollars and cents on a particular day, but the big picture of how everyone is going to feel for years to come. This is especially crucial when kids are involved. Although I am an attorney myself, I hired Mark because I knew it would be foolhardy to pretend to have expertise outside my area of practice. Mark helped me asnswer questions that I didn't even know to ask.
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Posted by Isabelle | November 24, 2012
Highly recommending Mark Weiss as a divorce attorney
Mark came highly recommended to me as a family divorce attorney, by collaborative and litigation attorneys, financial analysts, as well as mental health professionals. To represent me, I needed someone sharp, with strong business/financial knowledge as well as strong interpersonal skills in addition to excellent legal expertise. Mark has it all. He also has a strong network of highly skilled professionals who can step in if needed in a very timely manner. Despite the complexity of our case, we finished within 6 months. I got a good and fair settlement, my financial situation is secured not only for the next few years but also for the long term. Our kids’s future is secured. My personal well being was also always his concern and he would go to great length to secure my well being through the process. Mark came highly recommended to me, and I am honored to be able to highly recommend him as your divorce attorney.
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Posted by Matt | May 20, 2012
A wise and rational lawyer for a difficult and stressful time
Mark is a brilliant attorney and wonderful human being. He gives true meaning to the term “counselor at law.” Mark understands the emotional burden that divorcing spouses experience and was a constant voice of reason and reflection during my most difficult moments. If you want a lawyer who will use the divorce process as a vehicle to pick fights, settle scores and cause pain on your (soon to be) ex spouse, Mark isn’t your choice. The focus of his representation is guiding his clients through a difficult period without needless conflict or rancor, while ensuring that their legal and financial interests are protected. The “bulldog” approach may appear attractive at the outset of the divorce process to spouses who are angry and hurting, but “take no prisoners” divorce litigation is simply a way for lawyers to earn huge fees that ultimately leaves the parties emotionally scared and financially depleted. Divorce is inevitably painful and difficult as married couple are forced separate their legal and emotional and financial lives. However, the collaborative process is the smartest (and cheapest) way to navigate through the divorce process and enables the divorcing parties to move on with their lives while minimizing the financial cost and financial burden that the process entails.
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Posted by Kevin | September 15, 2010
Highly Recommended
Mr. Weiss handled an extremely complex and challenging custody suit requiring two separate trials and lasting over two years. I cannot say enough positive things about his work ethic and knowledge of the law. He was always extremely well prepared and able to foresee complications that might arise, especially in the courtroom. I was also highly impressed by his non-antagonistic approach and his tireless dedication in representing my case.
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Posted by Denise | November 10, 2009
Mark is an outstanding attorney
I have worked closely with mark on 2 very complex cases and have watched closely as he managed several friends' cases. In each, Mark has demonstrated his unparalled skill as a strategist and expert in family law. I've worked with many of the super lawyers in the Seattle area and Mark is *the standout* amongst his very capable peers. I have absolutely no reservations in recommending Mark.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2014
Divisive
We hired Mark as part of a four person collaborative team. Much time was spend discussing "goals and values." Very little time was spent on the actual steps that were needed for physical and financial separation. Poor guidance, time wasted, churning bills, unnecessary emotional and financial stress. As a result of this poor guidance, two years later, we are still not finished. I too have heard from other professionals that they have worked with Mark in the past and never will again. Not collaborative.
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Response from J. Weiss July 15, 2014
My goal is to have my clients be completely satisfied with my services. This matter does not sound familiar to me. If you are a client, please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2013
Mark Weiss is a the worst lawyer I have ever worked with or hired
My ex and I hired J. Mark Weiss to serve as part of a 4 person team (2 lawyers, 1 counselor/divorce coach, 1 finance expert) to help through a "collaborative" divorce process. I highly recommend the process, especially for a couple with small kids who will need to work together for many years to co-parent their kids. Having said that, I strongly recommend that anyone wishing to have a successful collaborative divorce stay very far away from Mark Weiss. He is the opposite of what a successful collaborative attorney should be -- he is argumentative, divisive, difficult to schedule, and, I believe, unethical. It was only after he and my ex terminated him that we were able to successfully conclude our divorce. Even then he behaved unethically, trying to get the other collaborative attorney to quit so that he could say that the collaborative process had failed and not have our success reflect poorly on him. Instead, she stuck with it, we hired a 2nd collaborative attorney, and we successfully finished the divorce while avoiding litigation. I have worked with many lawyer over the past 20+ years -- many that I hired, some that were hired by the other side in a business deal. I have never had a worse experience with an attorney than the experience I had with Mark. I happen to know for a fact that several of the professionals who worked with Mark on our case feel the same way, and more than 1 has told me that he/she will never work with Mark again. I don't know if something snapped with Mark (I have heard that he used to be better) but I'm writing this note as a public service to others to avoid what my ex and I had to go through.
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Response from J. Weiss February 3, 2013
Based on direct feedback from my client on this case, I do not believe that this review resembles her opinion. I am aware that this anonymous review reflects sentiments held by my former client's ex-spouse. This case had significant acrimony, and there were several changes of attorneys. Contrary to the reviewer's claim, I had no contact concerning this case with his lawyer after I transferred the matter to my successor.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2012
Worthless intake and zero value
I went to Mr. Weiss because he is supposed to be a top collaborative attorney. At the time of my intake, my ex-husband and I had just made the decision to separate and I needed guidance during a very emotionally stressful time. Mr. Weiss allowed me to talk for an hour and a half without providing guidance or input. The only thing he did say at the end is that he did not know if the case would be appropriate for a collaborative approach. He then charged me his high hourly rate and I left feeling no more informed than when I walked in. I later called and expressed this in a respectful way to his assistant, who was apparently instructed to shield her employer from cranks such as myself, to express empathy and politely end the call without any sort of apology. I am shocked that Mr. Weiss felt no compunction taking a good sum of money for doing nothing but listen. I will add that I have never written a negative report about anyone before, ever. I am not someone who complains as a practice, to the contrary, it takes a lot for me to feel upset at a service level. I think the reason this felt so awful was because I was in such a vulnerable state at the time and Mr. Weiss seemed to have no compunctions whatsoever about letting me vent on and on, then do nothing and bill me a lot of money. I expected much more of him, and when I called to complain, didn't even get the courtesy of being able to speak to him directly.
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Response from J. Weiss May 4, 2012
It is not always possible to make the recommendation that a client may want to hear. From the information provided by the reviewer and my practice, I questioned the suitability of the Collaborative process based on her case history and a discussion of factors that bear on process selection. While I could not recommend the Collaborative process to her, I hope that my assessment saved this client from selecting a process that would likely have been a bad fit.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2012
Mark is in it for Mark
He spins the wheel to generate billings. He works with a "collaborative team" and they all call each other and bill you. There was a period of six months while the financial analyst was "working on it." No work product was produced. During that time, Mark billed me $4,000 for his emails and phone calls to the "team." It is predatory. He never advocated for me.
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Response from J. Weiss March 7, 2012
I am sorry that this anonymous reviewer feels this way. I do not recognize the case, and what is described would be quite unusual. If this was indeed a client of mine, I do wish these concerns would have been raised at the time, so they could have been addressed.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • J. Mark Weiss, PS
  • 1997 - Present
  • Director
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • 2012 - 2017
  • President, Washington chapter
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Director
  • King County Collaborative Law
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Trustee
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Lee & Weiss
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Partner
  • Weiss & Hemmat
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • Sole Practitioner
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Associate
  • Ferguson & Burdell
  • 1987 - 1990
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Education

  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Seattle Collaborative Family Law
  • Member
  • N/A
  • King County Collaborative Law
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Collaborative Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Selected for Inclusion
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Family Law Attorney of the Year
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Collaborative Review (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • Client Preparation: An Essential Ingredient for Successful Collaboration
  • 2013
  • Aspatore Books/Thomson Reuters
  • Inside the Minds: Developing a Collaborative Family Law Practice
  • 2011
  • King County Bar Bulletin
  • Offering Families a Better Divorce
  • 2009
  • King County Bar Bulletin
  • Collaborative Law: Questions and Answers
  • 2008
  • Wash. St. Bar Assn. Family Law Deskbook
  • Family Law Court Records
  • 2006
  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • Community Property Interests in Separate Property Businesses
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Two-Day Collaborative Practice Training
  • Collaborative Practice Training
  • 2013
  • IACP Institute, Phoenix
  • A Collaborative Case from Start to Finish
  • 2013
  • IACP Forum, San Antonio
  • Guiding Clients to their Agreement, Pre-Forum Institute
  • 2013
  • IACP Forum, San Antonio
  • Brainstorming Myths and Creativity advanced workshop
  • 2013
  • Day-long training
  • Facilitative Negotiation Workshop for Collaborative Professionals and Mediators
  • 2013
  • CPW Conference
  • Impact of the UCLA on the Future of Your Collaborative Practice
  • 2013
  • AAML Spring Seminar/Washington
  • Top Ten Negotiating Tips Every Lawyer Can Borrow from Collaborative Law
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (14)
Endorse J.
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark Weiss is an esteemed leader in Collaborative Law, locally and internationally. He brings the breadth and depth of his knowledge to his clients’ cases. I have worked with Mark as a team member in a number of Collaborative cases and have found his wisdom and insight to generate trust on both sides of the table. He is a thoughtful listener, who reassures clients experiencing the overwhelming anxieties that can come with divorce. He balances well the emotional and legal timing needs of divorce cases. Mark is also a highly respected mediator who steadfastly maintains his unbiased role as he guides his clients to well-considered, comprehensive and durable agreements. It is my great pleasure to endorse Mark Weiss."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mark and I had a case together years ago, but I know him to be an incredible collaborative law attorney, and I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse J. Mark. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mark. He is one of the most knowledgeable family law attorneys in Washington and superb at working out cases by agreement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know ¬¬¬¬¬¬Mark Weiss to be an experienced and diligent collaborative law attorney. He has demonstrated his commitment to the field of collaborative divorce by sharing his knowledge and expertise for many years at conferences and trainings, teaching others the proven effective and creative problem-solving approaches he has used on behalf of his clients. He has integrity, empathy and pragmatism and I highly recommend Mark!"
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a fantastic attorney who is always focused on the best interests of his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is one of the best Collaborative Divorce attorneys I know. I have worked with him on a number of cases and always learn more from him each time I work with him."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mark is one of the most excellent attorneys I have worked with. He truly cares about helping his clients and always acts with integrity. I cannot recommend him enough. Further, all attorneys who practice Collaborative Law in the King County area consistently recognize Mark as one of the most skilled practitioners."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mark is a "lawyer's lawyer" who is dedicated to the highest level of service for the clients and organizations that he serves. Mark is a superb collaborative family law lawyer, trainer, presenter, author and leader in the legal community. When Mark speaks, the rest of us listen! He acts with the utmost integrity in his interactions with clients as well as colleagues. Working with Mark is a pleasure and a valuable learning experience."
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mark has that blend of intellect and empathy that makes him unique among lawyers. It is refreshing to see a fellow lawyer who truly understands the interplay between the legal aspects of a family situation and its emotional impacts. This is why he's a natural collaborative lawyer - and why he is a leader in the field."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"My experiences with Mark have been entirely positive -- whether working with him on a Collaborative Law case or engaging with him in professional associations and discussion groups. He is highly professional, scholarly and insightful. His work for clients is exemplary. He is a leader in the growing field of Collaborative Law. I recommend him highly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mark is highly professional and capable. He is an experienced and well qualified collaborative attorney. He is committed to the collaborative law model and conflict resolution. He is a pleasure to work with."
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Seattle Mediation Lawyer J. Mark Weiss
J. Mark Weiss
Mediation Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 35 years
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