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Mark Randall Arend

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.6   22 reviews
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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    80%

    16 years

  2. Arbitration
    5%

  3. Child custody
    5%

    16 years

  4. Child support
    5%

    16 years

  5. Family
    5%
    Family Law: divorce, separation, dissolution, child support, parenting plans, property distribution, QDRO, maintenance, alimony, modifications, protection orders, restraining orders.

    16 years

READY TO HELP CLIENTS GET RESULTS. EXPERIENCED AND COMPASSIONATE REPRESENTATION.

Over the course of his career, Mark Arend has filled the shoes of a businessman, a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, and an attorney. Using his diverse vocational background, he helps clients facing high-tension, complex, and adversarial family law matters. Some of his practice areas include child custody, domestic violence, child support, relocation, high net worth divorce, and military family law. 

Mark’s approach to family law is based on common sense, strong ethical standards, and the highest level of professionalism. His goal is simple: to “do better” for his clients than any other legal representative would do.  Mark is a high skilled and experienced lawyer, with a strong background in difficult matrimonial law cases.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2012
Top Contributor
2012

Location

McKinley Irvin
1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA, 98402
McKinley Irvin
1011 East Main
Suite 456
Puyallup, WA, 98372
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
Posted by Sandy | June 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We couldn't have asked for better representation
Mark and his team were unrelenting in their commitment to our case. Mark's investment in the successful resolution of our very difficult case was remarkable. Mark is an excellent listener, is patient, collaboratively strategizes, communicates well, and assembled all of the pieces of the complicated puzzle until the clear picture was presented to the court. Our lengthy, dramatic case was won because Mark and his team work brilliantly with each other and their clients. I would highly recommend Mark Arend, he truly cares.
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Posted by Eric | February 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great knowledge and service!
Mark knows the ins and outs of family law and divorce more than most. He got me everything I was looking for in my case. Most importantly he protected my child through the whole process. He is a professional that takes pride in helping his clients through difficult situations.
Posted by Gemma | November 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding and Passionate Lawyer!!!
I had been struggling with my ex-partner, who had been continuously filing frivolous contempt charges against me to gain custody of our children. Being in the military and living on the other side of the country made it even more challenging to deal with this situation. I spoke to many lawyers, but none had the empathy, dedication, and passion for my case. That's when I found Mr. Mark Arend, an exceptionally talented and highly skilled attorney. He believed in me and my cause and worked tirelessly to navigate the challenges successfully. Throughout the process, he kept me informed every step of the way and provided clear and concise explanations before and after each court proceeding. His professionalism, attention to detail, and empathy set him apart. I am forever grateful for his unwavering support and outstanding service and would not hesitate to hire and recommend him to family and friends. Thank you, Mark, for your exceptional service!
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Posted by Ashley M | July 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
International Parenting Plan Expertise
I worked with Mark and his team for two years regarding our international parenting plan. It was incredibly complicated and emotionally charged. Mark was patient and always available to answer questions and walk me through the intricate process. Most importantly, he had my small children’s best interest at heart and worked tirelessly to ensure they were protected and we achieved our desired outcome. There is no one I would rather have on our side than Mark and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark was the best part of a tough experience
We needed to redo a parenting plan that was originally drawn up in another state that no longer worked. The issues that we had to address were tough and Mark was a constant support - giving us good advice and not sugar coating the realities of our case. If we ever need legal work like this again we will use him.
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgable and compassionate.
Mark was there every step of the way in a very contentious divorce. He was very knowledgeable with the intricacies of my case and continues to be a resource to me even after the conclusion of trial.
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful for Mr. Arend's Expertise and Professionalism
I hired Mr. Arend to represent me in a child custody and child support case against my former spouse. My case was complex and somewhat unusual, and I was grateful to work with someone with his level of experience. From start to finish, Mark was responsive (always promptly responding to my calls and emails), knowledgeable, professional, and trustworthy. He did a fantastic job negotiating with opposing counsel, and he obtained the result I was hoping for. As an active duty service member, I greatly appreciated the fact that Mark is a military veteran; he knows from personal experience what military life is like, and has full grasp on military implications in child custody and divorce cases. Mark epitomizes what I believe a trusted advisor should be, and I give him my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Superb!
Very informative and answered my question with detail. I appreciated the fast response.
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful to work with
Mark Arend and his team were amazing. My case was incredibly complicated and Mark handled it with grace. He worked tirelessly for more than 2 years to help me keep my child safe. He was always available to answer my questions and to ease my mind during the most stressful times.
Posted by Laura | December 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
I would highly recommend Mark and Candice-not only did they walk me through every step they did it with encouragement and support of my feelings and thoughts. They truly listened to me and we were able to come out on top with a favorable victory. Thank you so much
Posted by Julie | March 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Look no further
After two years of an intensive custody battle exacerbated by domestic violence, I was desperate for closure yet resistant to surrender. When I met with Mark, I felt validated while being treated with dignity and respect. Not wanting me to give up, Mark rallied like a sergeant. He offered his knowledge of the law as a shield of protection against the litigious attacks. Relying on his strategic counsel, I felt prepared to press on. I am ever grateful to Mark for reminding me that when the battle is for the best interest of our children, there is no sacrifice too great.
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Posted by Eileen | January 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely professional and provided outstanding legal counsel!
I would describe Attorney Mark Arend and his amazing legal team--to include LLLC Christy Carpenter, as "Extremely Professional." Mark not only provided excellent legal advice, but also the personal support and compassion needed during my very difficult and drawn-out divorce. With Mark acting as my legal counsel, my stress-level was immediately reduced and I felt confident my future was in trusted hands. I would rate Mark and his team's professionalism and accessibility as a 10+. As Mark guided me through this emotionally-charged experience, he was also aware of and respected my financial situation, which I truly appreciated. When Mark was recommended to me by a family member, I had no idea I would also get a loyal friend, an amazing listener and counselor. If you are in need of a family law attorney, I would highly recommend Mark Arend and Christy Carpenter at McKinley Irvin in Tacoma, WA.
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Posted by Lindsay | May 13, 2015
Mark is Truly Amazing
There are not enough words to describe how amazing Mark is. My case was complex, challenging, very difficult at times, and very emotional for me. Mark knew what to do in every instance, gave me invaluable advice, and was incredibly kind and compassionate. When we had to go to court he presented my case exceptionally well and he is a great negotiator. He was my advocate and made me feel reassured as I knew I was in excellent hands. He even went above and beyond when I had a death in the family during this process, and had the whole law firm sign a sympathy card for me. I couldn't have made a better choice when I chose Mark as my attorney.
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Posted by Amber | April 22, 2015
Mark did an outstanding job for me and my children
Mark Arend, from the initial meeting presented himself as someone who knows what he's doing and has confidence in his ability to practice family law. He was BRILLIANT and sharp as a tack! Child support matters are a very stressful thing to go through and things can get pretty hairy if you don't obtain the right attorney. Mark was ALWAYS on time, he knew family law so well and put me at ease every step of the way. There weren't any magic tricks on Marks end that got us the favorable outcome, it was just his knowledge of the law and all of the calculations that go along with it. I'm very happy to have been able to have him take care of the matter efficiently and ethically. He's got a great sense of humor too! I'd recommend Mark because he's most definitely a first class lawyer. Elaine Smith was also just as amazing. She's very adept in explaining the complex in laymen's terms. She was always responsive and on top of her game. She's kind and understands how the client is feeling and will do her best to make sure everything goes smoothly. I could never thank them enough.
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Posted by April | May 20, 2014
Caring, compassionate and available!!
Mark was my attorney in likely the worst time of my life. He took numerous calls from me with new situations frequently. Looking back I wish I would have handled some of my situation different (custody and parenting plan further into the future) but hindsight is always 20/20. The most important outcome; I am safe and I got out of the state with my son! At a time where my and my sons life seemed to be literally in Marks hands, he was honest, caring and available for me. If I still lived in the state, I would be happy to use him again (but hope I never face that kind of stuff ever again in my life)!
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Posted by Sue | November 1, 2013
A caring and truthful Lawyer!
Could not have had a better lawyer to represent our case. He was very informative, very professional, his whole staff was very efficient and personal. Mark is very caring and showed us that he truly cared about our whole family. He is the most honest lawyer I have ever met and if we ever had to use a lawyer again we know right where to go.
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Posted by Teresa Garrido Roberts | October 15, 2010
Outstanding Attorney
He did some legal research for me on a land dispute in Guam. He was timely and accurate and presented the information he found to me in a way I could actually understand! His rates were fair and he earned every penny.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2009
Mark is a Lawyer that truly cares about his clients.
Being faced with legal situations can be pretty intimidating and stressful... Mark not only eloquently and effectively prepared my documents, but also patiently educated me on the best courses of action to take. He is incredibly personable, and on top of being my legal consult, I consider him a sincere friend. Thank you so much.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2008
Attorney with Integrity
It is with pleasure that I recommend Mark Arend. He Has Given legal guidance to resolve some unexpected stressful situations. Mark educated me on my options and helped me feel empowered. The empowerment relieved stress, which I did not expect an attorney to provide. He reminds me of a Dr. that treats the whole patient not just the symptom. It's not about the ailment; it's about how you are doing holistically. That is a rare characteristic matched with great integrity. I am fortunate to have Mark as my attorney and recommend him highly to anyone who is seeking no holds bar legal counsel or representation.
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Posted by Dirk | February 9, 2015
Mark Arend Review
Found out through other parties that Mark had a very strong reputation as a divorce attorney and sought his counsel. A large majority of my divorce case was handled by his paralegal, Eileen Smith, but the several times that I had the opportunity to chat with Mark, either face-to-face or over the phone, he was a pleasant person to talk with and typically filled in the remainder of the picture started by Eileen. All-in-all a positive overall experience during a delicate time in my life.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McKinley Irvin
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Mckinley Irvin, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Commissioner Pro Tempore
  • Pierce County Superior Court
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Nelson & Carver, P.S.
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Van Siclen, Stock
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Smith Alling Lane, P.S.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Director of Enterprise Sales
  • Onvia
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Verizon Call Center Services
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Vice President of Sales
  • IP Sciences
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Regional Manager
  • Staples - Communications Division
  • 1998 - 2001
  • General Manager
  • Convergent Technologies
  • 1996 - 1998
  • President
  • The Arend Group
  • 1995 - 2008
  • Executive Sales
  • McCaw Cellular Communications
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Manager - Corporate Office
  • StairMaster
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Fighter Pilot and Officer
  • United States Air Force
  • 1982 - 1988
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Education

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • Trial Skills
  • 2009
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • King County Dispute Resolution Center
  • Mediation Training
  • 2006
  • Leadership Institute
  • Graduate
  • 1996
  • Shoreline Community College
  • Certificate
  • 1992
  • United States Air Force
  • Fighter Pilot
  • 1987
  • University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Linman v. Linman
  • Adjudicated in client's favor.
  • Zink v. Zink
  • Settled in favor of client.
  • Gay v. Semaphore
  • Settled in favor of client.
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Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2008 - Present
  • The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court, Chapter XXV
  • Barrister
  • 2006 - Present
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • USAA
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Washington Pilots Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2015
  • The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court
  • Chairman - Platinum Achievement Committee
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Puyallup Area Aging in Place Coalition
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2013
  • C3 Leaders Forum
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Convention Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Cascade Vista Athletic Club
  • Board Member/Trustee
  • 2010 - 2013
  • YMCA Mock Trial Competition - South Sound
  • Attorney Rater
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Professionalism Committee
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Pierce County Network
  • Member (President 2010-2012)
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Washington State Bar Association Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project "HFLAP"
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Cascade Vista Athletic Club
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Federal Bar Association - Western Washington
  • Ethics and Practice Committee
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Washington Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2011
  • NTSB Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2009
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2011
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Telecommunications Association - Northwest
  • President
  • 2001 - 2003
  • National Association of Purchasing Managers - Western Washington
  • Board Member
  • 1991 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll
  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • The Order of Barristers
  • The National Order of Barristers
  • 2008
  • Distinguished Military Graduate
  • United States Air Force ROTC
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • Business Luncheon
  • Estate Planning Essentials and Recent Changes in the Law
  • 2013
  • Edward Jones - Puyallup: Client Roundtable
  • Estate Planning Essentials
  • 2012
  • South Hill Professionals
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2012
  • Financial Planning Seminar
  • Use of Trusts in Estate and Financial Planning
  • 2011
  • Mock Trial Class
  • Courtroom Skills and Etiquette
  • 2011
  • Pierce County Network Meeting
  • The Economics of Business Disputes
  • 2011
  • Pierce County Network Luncheon
  • Business Law for Business Owners
  • 2010
  • Professional Responsibility Presentation
  • Professionalism: Where the RPCs Leave Off
  • 2010
  • Pacific Northwest Aviation Law and Insurance Conference
  • Recent Developments in Aviation Case Law
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (10)
Endorse Mark
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It would be difficult to find a more professional, compassionate, dedicated, or knowledgeable attorney. Mark is both a client's and opposing counsel's ideal. He excels at both advocating for his clients and working cooperatively with other attorneys. I would not hesitate to refer a client or friend to Mark or, if the need ever arose, hire him myself. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mark is a great attorney and a great source of knowledge on a wide range of legal issues. He is friendly and patient, and an excellent advocate for his clients."
Child support Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mark on a challenging child support modification/ reimbursement matter. He was honest, straightforward, and highly competent."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Mark Arend as a family law lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an outstanding attorney. He is well-known and highly respected in the legal community. He manages his cases effectively and efficiently, both inside and outside the courtroom, and I cannot recommend him enough."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mark Arend for a number of years. He is a dedicated, ethical, and highly skilled attorney. He is greatly respected by Judges, opposing counsel and the legal community as a whole. I would highly recommend him for family or business law issues."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Arend is an outstanding attonrey with an excellent reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse him."
Business Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Arend provides good information and practical knowledge to those who need him. He gives of his time and talent to help people. He does excellent work."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Mark on behalf of one of his clients. He does excellent work for his clients and it shows in their trust and confidence in him. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I gladly endorse Mark's work. Mark brings a wealth of experience and business knowledge to our firm. Mark's clients enjoy working with him, and rest assured that they are in good hands with Mark as their attorney."
Business Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mark Arend as a driven advocate for his clients. Mark's experience both inside the legal world and outside as a business leader make him an invaluable resource."
Business Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Arend is a fantasitc attorney. I can always trust that the clients I refer to him will be well taken care of. His level of professionalism and expertise in this areas of law that he practices are outstanding."
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Tacoma Divorce and separation Lawyer Mark Randall Arend
Mark Randall Arend
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 15 years
Virtual consultation available