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Mark Bratlien started his criminal justice career in 1976 as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.  He was stationed in Germany for his three year tour of duty.  After being honorably discharged, Mark worked his way through college.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Business Administration/Finance from California State University at Dominguez Hills.

In addition to his military police experience, Mark worked for two years as a civilian contract military police officer for the U.S. Air Force while attending college, followed by several years as a police officer in So. California.  Mark was assigned to patrol and made thousands of traffic stops and hundreds of DUI arrests.  Mark finds this experience extremely valuable in his representation of clients charged with DUI and traffic related offenses.  It is real world experience that cannot be learned in law school or from a book.

Mark graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2002.  He worked for the Whatcom County Public Defender for over five years.  Through his skill and hard work, he achieved a winning record of trial victories.

Mark Bratlien lives in Bellingham, enjoys running, and golf.  


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Zachary B Herschensohn

    I endorse this lawyer. It is my privilege to recommend Mark Bratlien. He is an excellent attorney he is highly ethical and has outstanding analytic skills. Hard working and smart, Mark is as good as they come.


    Zachary Herschensohn Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Evan Patrick Jones

    As a former prosecutor for Whatcom County, I have worked opposite Mark on a number of difficult cases. His intelligence, knowledge of the system, and above all, the zealousness he brings to each case, makes Mark a successful advocate. He gets good results. I would highly recommend Mark to anybody facing a criminal charge in Whatcom County.


    Evan Jones Government Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Bratlien Law Firm

119 N. Commercial Street
Suite 195 B
Bellingham, WA, 98225


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior DeputyWhatcom County Public Defender2004 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice SectionMember2003 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
California State University, Dominguez HillsBusiness Administration / FinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1992