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Mark Aaron Kaiman

Criminal defense Attorney at Bellingham, WA

4.6   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    23 years, 700 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    23 years, 300 cases

  3. Family

    20 years, 200 cases

  4. Federal crime

    18 years, 100 cases

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket

    23 years, 400 cases


Attorney Mark A. Kaiman is a 1997 graduate of Washington State University, and graduated with honors from Syracuse University College of Law in 2000. Even though he went to law school in New York State, Mark's northwest roots brought him back home to Washington in order to practice law. Mark previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in San Juan County, and now sits as a regular Judge Pro Tempore in Whatcom County District Court. In addition to prosecutorial, defense, and judicial experience, he has broad experience in civil litigation, as well as military law matters and courts martial. Mark has extensive trial experience as both plaintiff's and defendant's counsel.


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LUSTICK LAW FIRM offices located at 222 Grand Avenue, Suite A, Bellingham, across and one block from the Whatcom County Courthouse.


Lustick Kaiman & Madrone PLLC
222 Grand Avenue
Suite "A"
Bellingham, WA, 98225

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4.6 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me so much
I had an unfortunate illegality due to my mental illness. Mark promptly took care or all court-dates to the extent that I only had to appear in court once. I had peace of mind about the whole process and the case was settled with great results. Highly recommend!
Posted by Mac | August 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mark Kaiman (pronounced like the Cayman Islands)
I was a veteran in serious need of help when my brother found Mark online and helped me pay to hire him. Mark is an excellent attorney, worth every penny, and even after the case is closed I still rely on the contacts he referred me to. (I was referred to an excellent therapist that I hope to revisit until I move away from WA.) Mark expertly dealt with family, friends, my bank, my brother, the alleged victim, and the city and county. Mark and his office staff aren't worried about sexuality, religion, or personality. They're excellent at networking and they didn't flinch about even the most depressing calls. Mr. Mardone also represented me in Bellingham Municipal Court whenever Mark was busy travelling... needless to say he was also excellent.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
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Professional, Friendly, Knowledgeable
I received a citation from the department of fish and game. I was facing pretty steep punishment for a simple mistake. Mark was able to reduce the charges, and I walked away with a small fine. Very happy with the outcome. This was my first courtroom experience and all except for the citations, I am pleased. Mark and his office made this a worry free experience.
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Posted by Kelli | March 23, 2017
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So happy!
Not only is Mark an amazing attorney, he is a great person. He made me feel very comfortable. He took the time to review everything that had happened and knew all of the pertaining law like the back of his hand. I most definitely will recommend Mark to anyone and everyone!
Posted by Armen | December 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recently found myself needing an defense attorney. I felt that I had a strong case, but as it became apparent that it was going to go all the way to jury trial I became extremely anxious about how well I would be represented, and whether my story was really going to be heard. Mark did a wonderful job for me. He made all the right decisions and moves preparing for the trial. And when I explained my concerns about how the trial would go, he assured me he was ready. I was found Not Guilty by a unanimous jury and Mark proved to be incredibly competent and capable at trial. But most importantly to me... He handled a difficult client extremely well! I would absolutely recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
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Top Notch!
Mr. Kaiman listened and worked hard defending our case. His entire staff is very professional. He was very prepared for court and always explained everything in detail. I would recommend Mark to anyone! We won our case, not once but twice!
Posted by ED | September 14, 2014
The Best!!
Mark Kaiman helped me through a very difficult divorce. He was always professional and he kept me focused and realistic. Mark kept me realistic, while listening to my frustrations, vents/rants, and advised me in tough matters that saved me a lot of money and wasted time. My kids and I are grateful to have had Mark and his firm on our side. I really can't say enough to express how much he helped me, picked me up, and kept me focused/informed. Thank you Mark, and thank you to your firm. You will never know how grateful we are!!
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Posted by Joseph | March 10, 2014
Military Defense
Mr.Kaiman is an outstanding defense lawyer. I called the Lustick Law office as soon as I was accused of drug use while serving in the Navy. He exemplifies what I consider a true professional embodies and treated me with the utmost respect in my trying times. We won my case and got the results I needed to continue on with my career. Thank you Mr. Kaiman for your everything and helping me getting my life back on track!
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2013
Professional and trustworthy!
I hired Mr. Kaiman from the other side of the state. I was able to completely trust him to handle my case without even meeting him in person, initially. We handled our business via telephone and email. He's very easy to talk to! He and his staff treated me with five-star courtesy and professionalism. My mind was at ease for the entire process and even more so when he resolved my case with more than satisfactory results. I highly recommend Mr. Kaiman if you are looking for criminal defense. You won't regret it! Call him today!
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2012
Military Client
Mark was one of the attorney's who represented me in a General Court Martial pertaining to a sexual assault case. At first, Mark was very quiet, but as our client-attorney relationship grew, I was astounded by his professional acumen, overall subject knowledge and cunning ability in court. Without doubt, Mark was a huge factor in being able to convey my side of the story and defend what we all knew was right. I was fully acquitted of all charges after 2 hours of deliberation and would whole-heartedly recommend Mark to any client asking for my opinion.
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Posted by jason | January 30, 2010
Amazing criminal defence
we were able to just let him do everything. Very trustable. sometimes human nature is to wonder if he's doing what he can, but in the end. he had it all under controll. Not to be doubted for a minute. he'll do everything he can.. and make it look easy. Very well spoken, and knowlagable. Thank You Mark.
Posted by Leslie Finn | January 23, 2010
DUI in San Juan County
I had a DUI in San Juan County and I was very frightened. Mark Kaimian immediately made me feel at ease and took charge of the situation. We went to trial and thanks to Mark I was found not guilty. Mark did an amazing job, and I will be forever grateful for his expertise.
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2008
Very Pleasant Experience
Mark was great to work with. I was very pleased with the effort and research he did on my case. It was great working with someone that was as knowledgable as he was on land disputes. I was very happy with the outcome as well! I would recommend Mark to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2008
This Hard Working Lawyer Won My Case
My mother hired Mark Kaiman to handle my DUI. Mark took the time to get to know the evidence and the legal issues surrounding my case. Because Mark worked really hard for me, he found problems with the way I was arrested. He also took time to help me feel personally very comfortable and kept in contact with me which helped take away my fear and anxiety from being a defendant. Mark is an awesome lawyer and in the end, he managed to get my charge reduced to an infraction, negligent driving second. I highly recommend Mark to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2008
Very positive experience and outcome
Mr. Kaiman handled my case with the upmost professionalism, knowledge and personal attention that myself and my family needed. I recomend him very highly to anyone who really needs a "bulldog" on there side.
Posted by John | April 16, 2012
Good lawyer - but not for family law
I chose Mr. Kaiman to represent me in a family law matter. I was impressed with his professionalism. Unfortunately, when it came to knowing the 'ins and outs' of established precedents regarding parenting plans, he let me down. Despite my hesitations, he encouraged me to pursue the filing of a suit against my ex, which we lost. And I'll never forget hearing the judge say, in his findings, that "...this is a clear case ....". I keep asking myself why Mr. Kaiman didn't know what the judge and the other attorney knew. Another disappointment for me came when I discovered a critical mistake in the text of our parenting plan -- a mistake that had been made by Mr. Kaiman's assistant while she was typing it up -- and then committed to law when the parenting plan was approved in court. Despite my raising the issue twice to him directly, neither he nor his office staff have made any attempt to correct the mistake.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Not impressed at all
Mark was the most difficult person to speak with and when we would speak, he treated it like he was always in a rush to get me out the door. I never felt that Mark had my best interest at heart and was made to feel as if I was a bother for all the questions I had. I’ve never been in trouble before so of course I had questions. So fast forward to the end of the case. We felt as if Mark wasn’t interested in talking with the Prosecutor and when he did, he didn’t seem to fight on my behalf. So, when it came time to agree on a settlement, I trusted that Mark had my best interest at heart. The DOL revoked my license for 365 under admin suspension after the DUI, then after the conviction, they tacked on another 365 days for a total of 2 years. I have come to find out that Mark could have negotiated my license suspension from 365 days to 90 days which he never even discussed with me. I asked Mark about it before the hearing, and he said it should only be the original 365 days. Then I get the letter from the DOL a few weeks later that it is in fact a 2 yr. revocation. Mark could have fought that but never would return my calls. Not sure how he received such high ratings because he did pretty much nothing for my DUI case for the amount of money he was paid
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  • Hourly Rates $ 290-290 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • Whatcom District Court
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lustick Kaiman & Madrone
  • 2006 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • Blaine Municipal Court
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of John O. Linde
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • Bellingham City Attorney - Criminal Division
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • San Juan County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2001 - 2003
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  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Washington State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. Hernandez
  • Full acquittal on all charges and specifications.
  • Fitch v. Hilltop
  • Verdict for our client, the Employer. He paid nothing.
  • Michele v. San Juan County
  • $75,000 settlement in favor of our client
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  • United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • US Navy & Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lummi Nation Tribal Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2007 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2007 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • San Juan County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars of Washington
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Washigton State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Rising Stars of Washington
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • WWU Tangled Webs race and incarceration conference
  • What are your rights in a Post-Constitutional Era?
  • 2013
  • Your Rights and the Police
  • Criminal Civil Rights
  • 2010
  • Your Rights and the Police
  • Civil Rights and Criminal Proceedure
  • 2008
  • KGMI Radio
  • Legal Analysis and Commentary
  • 2008
  • KGMI radio
  • various
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Mark
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark Kaiman worked alongside me and the attorneys who worked for me defending Navy Sailors and Marines when I was Senior Defense Counsel for the Navy in Washington. He is one of the finest civilian attorneys we worked with. Organized, calm and collected, and with an excellent courtroom demeanor and great tactical instincts, I always could rely on Mark Kaiman to do an outstanding job for our clients. He is a consummate professional who gets results, and I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a consummate professional who always has the best interests of his clients in mind. I've had the honor of observing Mark in court and I'm always impressed by his professionalism, demeanor and attention to detail. Anyone who hires Mark can rest assured that they're in good hands. I'm proud to endorse him."
Military law Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor for the Navy in the Northwest, I litigated courts-martial against Mark and his law partners. He is a consummate professional, stellar advocate, and outstanding litigator. His clients always benefited from his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mark for a number of years as both opposing counsel and co-counsel. He is an honorable attorney with a high ethical standard. I also find him to be aggressive when necessary and a negotiator when it is in the best interest of his client. He is a serious litigator and cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is among the very finest attorneys I've been fortunate to work closely with in the 22+ years of my practice. I have known Mark for more than 5 years, both in federal court where I prosecuted cases he defended, and as a fellow WA practitioner. He has the unusual ability to get straight to the heart of complex matters, separating the wheat from the chaff almost automatically, naturally. Having served as a county prosecutor, he understands what is truly important in a case. This skill has proven essential in achieving optimal and early results for his clients that far exceed the typical. Mark has served faithfully and honorably in the armed forces; he has the important real-life experiences so often lacking. He brings this experience and intelligence to bear for his clients in each and every case, from the misdemeanor in muni court to the high-dollar civil rights suit in federal court. Mark is a true master of the craft, earning the admiration and respect of his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark Kaiman is an incredible litigator and an extremely professional lawyer. As a former prosecutor, he knows what wins cases and has the fortitude to fight for his clients in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Walking into a courtroom with Mark, you know that this man is good at what he does. He is calm, creative, quick on his feet, and gets things accomplished for his clients. He has a presence that commands respect but also shows compassion and thoughtfulness. Without a doubt, I would want Mark in my corner if I ever needed an advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark Kaiman is the perfect combination of authority and compassion; his knowledge of the law exceeds that of most attorneys due to his prior experience as a prosecuting attorney, as well as his numerous years here at the Lustick Law Firm. Likewise, Mark's compassionate attitude for his client's plight, puts him a step above all others. Mark takes the time to thoroughly understand his client's needs, as well as their legal issues. Mark also makes sure he does everything possible to get his clients the deal they rightfully deserve. It is an honor to call him my colleague; he is an individual I aspire to be and because of that I draw upon his knowledge continually."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Attorney Mark Kaiman is a force to be reckoned with. In the courtroom, he is the best and the brightest. His persuasive and uplifting presentation style makes him extremely “dangerous” to his opponents. He is intelligent, worldly, and highly experienced. Clients appreciate his wit and intellect."
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