4.5 stars 12 totalReview Mark Arend
Posted by Julie
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.
Posted by Eileen
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.
Posted by anonymous
Summer of 2015, Mark took my case and spoke with great confidence in assisting me. Like all attorneys he did not guarantee the outcome and would not. I fully understood this. He did state that my fees were going to be no more than a certain amount to represent me in court and to see this through. That was a lie. He also assured me that he would keep me fully informed and fight for what I believed to be right and just. That did not occur either. After running through my initial retainer, I was told to make another deposit and then a final deposit. What should have been$4500 turned out closer to $7500. No only did he charge me much more than originally agreed on but he did not fully explain what he was doing during the negotiation phase that left me angry and confused as to what was going on. The importance of asking how much this whole process was going to cost was that I was broke and could not just simply throw money away like other people could. Mark over the phone (because I was not geographically co-located in WA) told me he understood this. In my opinion that was a lie. Out of 5 things I wanted him to address, he addressed two of them. When I became angry over his lack of full communication via email and phone, he simply gave the impression that I was the one who was wrong and why was I questioning him and his actions. We the people rely on these so called experts in law to hold our best interests at heart. Just because words are coming out of their mouths does not mean they are effectively communicating with us. Others might have had a wonderful experience with Mark and may also in the future but I did not. In the end, instead of listening to me his client who was paying the bill, he simply withdrew as my attorney. Yes my friends, as I see it this was an attorney who got his feathers ruffled then decided to step away from his client instead of doing the right thing and sticking with him. That's what we call arrogance, the attitude that "I" am more important than you. Good luck to the rest of you. Strictly my opinion and personal experience.
Posted by Lindsay
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.
Posted by Amber
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.
Posted by Dirk
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.
Posted by April
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)!
Posted by Sue
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.
Posted by Jason
Terrible service! Wasted thousands of dollars going back and forth with him during my divorce. When it came time for him to speak in court he seized up while I was raped by the judge, and joked with her afterwards like they were buddies. Then failed to tell me I had 10 days to file an appeal. Then had the balls to write me a bogus letter saying he quits for family reasons, after I fired him.
Posted by Teresa Garrido Roberts
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.