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Mark D Hodgson

Family Attorney at Spokane, WA

4.2   21 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Mark

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EXPERIENCED REPRESENTATION FOR ALL FAMILY NEEDS!

As a lawyer, I am an advocate for my clients. I stand by my clients every step of the way throughout their case. At the start of a case, I take time to listen to my clients, answer their questions, explain their rights, explain the legal process involved in their case and provide candid advice about their rights and responsibilities.

As a case proceeds, I continue to provide the highly personalized, responsive and accessible representation my clients require. I take time to return calls promptly and keep clients advised about the status of their case.

I take time to understand my clients’ objectives and negotiate with their needs in mind. If disputes are not resolved by negotiation or mediation, I am prepared to fight for my clients in the courtroom.

I have built my practice on a foundation of trust, integrity and vigorous advocacy. If you need to put a strong and caring advocate in your corner, I encourage you to contact my Spokane law office today for assistance.

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by scott | February 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Mark was informative and helpful throughout the process. He always returned my calls and emails promptly. He made sure things were done correctly and efficiently and did not waste my time or overcharge me. He knows how to get to the heart of the matter. I also felt he treated my ex with respect. His staff was kind and professional, especially Rosalind his paralegal that was involved. Mark has a toughness and expertise combined with empathy that make me want to tell you that he is an excellent choice to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Representation
I chose MDH to represent my case without knowing or understanding much of how family law works. After a long year and a half of several court hearings that led to trial, and learning along the way the complex process of litigation, I realize that I got very lucky when I picked MDH, and I am incredibly grateful that Mark was the one guiding me step by step through a tremendously stressful time. Mark is highly intuitive, professional, pays close attention to details, very responsive to calls and emails, and was extremely invested in everything he did for my case. He is honest and caring, with a high level of integrity, and was committed to doing all the things necessary within his reach to protect both me and my kids, from a very unhealthy situation. Post trial, my case continues to go back to court for additional hearings, and sadly looks like there is still a long road ahead. I could not be more grateful that Mark is the one helping me navigate this path. There is nothing more important than protecting your kids. Mark was able to give me a layer of peace of mind, that together with him, I would be able to do that to the best of my ability. This is priceless. Thank you a million to Mark, and the rest of the fantastic staff at MDH, forever grateful for all that you did and continue to do.
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Posted by John | December 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
On top of it!
Called Mark Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving. He got us in that Friday the day after Thanksgiving. We decided to hire him and he made the time to start the process of paperwork that Sunday. It was great he did this so my wife and I didn’t have to miss work and our case was a time sensitive issue. The few times I’ve had to emailed him he seem to get right back to us with answers.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest
A few weeks ago, I had a child support case not go in my favor. I met with Mark for a free consultation. I asked him for a honest, "cost-benefit" analysis to help me decide if I should hire him. He did. I didn't hire him (cost concerns) but he gave me step-by-step instructions of how to proceed. I appreciated his candor and the good advice he gave me.
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Posted by Steve | December 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!!!
Excellent!!! I was relieved to find Mark Hodgson. Mr. Hodgson has been a superb attorney. He is ethical in his practices, his fees are very reasonable, and he is very effective, and professional in court. To the complete frustration of my ex who has spent thousands filing ridiculous and malicious law suits against me, Mr. Hodgson has successfully and repeatedly prevailed has really helped me resolve some difficult challenges. I would not hesitate to recommend him. This is an attorney that will do everything he can to help you get things right and will stand by you when you need help. Excellent, definitely a five star Firm! Talk about the dream team!!! Mark pealed this case and Trial like pealing an onion piece by piece to get to the truth. All I can say to this attorney is THANK YOU!!!.” I have been involved with this law firm after 4 other firm failed over 14 years. Mark was able to pulling back the vail my Ex had over the courts so the courts could see the truth. Mark succeeded and cleared my name!!! Mark showed the court my Ex’s true colors. I recommend Mark Hodgson to everyone. They have taken so much stress off of me. My case had a variety of complexity’s, in which Mark and his firm clearly showed the Judge all my Ex’s faults allegations were just that… FAULTS! Marks’ staff and (Patricia) know their stuff that’s for sure! Nothing seems to get past them. This firm is extremely knowledgeable and available, genuinely cares. And that means the most to me with my busy schedule. If I have an issue or question and send an email I get a quick respond every time. This amazing attorney is a wonderful person! The firm has strong morals and believes in truth and honesty. I admire that very much that they stands for truth and justice, will fight for your rights! I recommend “Mark Hodgson Law Firm,” to anyone who needs a great strong attorney as well as an amazing and dedicated paralegal. The firm operates in a very intelligent, genuine, and caring way. I am so very happy I found them!. This team is one awesome team! Thank you all.
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Posted by Joe | November 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond amazing! Hire this guy today!
Mark Hodgson is incredible. I came to him at a huge deficit, already losing badly, he assessed, did damage control, got me back to zero and then put me in a winning position. I literally got everything I wanted, low and short spousal support, amazing custody especially for a state that heavily favors the moms. Mark doesn’t play games, over charge or b.s. he is attentive, skilled in and out of the courtroom, not intimidated by other lawyers, he did things that I did not even think would be possible. By the end, opposing party was defeated and they knew it. Things wrapped up sooner than expected. His staff, co workers, and office crew is all top notch. In my reviews I always try to highlight the good and the bad, however there was no bad to be found with Mark.
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Posted by Molly | January 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark is fantastic!!
I am a big believer and supporter of recognizing people in the community who go above and beyond - like Mark. He not only fought for me in the courtroom, but also educated me with all the facts and figures along the way. He took my phone calls, was open to meeting me when I was feeling overwhelmed and really listened to needs. He fights for you in a way that not only outlines the law and what is right, but also makes sure your voice heard. I knew that he had my best interest at heart. Peggy also made me feel important! She made sure I was satisfied, supported and heard. She understood how stressful this process was for me and went out of her way to make sure I stayed calm, focused and cared for. Both Mark and Peggy made my unsettling situation as peaceful as possible. I highly recommend Mark! I believe he is an attorney that truly cares, seeks justice and will represent you well. I made the right decision!
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Posted by Jesse | January 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First-Class, Aggressive, Affordable Attorney
I needed an affordable attorney who was aggressive, professional and really knew the ins and outs of family law in Spokane, WA. My Ex has been trying to keep my son from me for the past couple of years. She hired a notorious slime ball attorney … you know the kind who really doesn’t care about the child. So I needed an attorney who was good … really good! Fortunately, I was referred to Mark Hodgson and his team. As soon as I sat down with Attorney Mark Hodgson and his Paralegal, I knew I was in the right place. Mark Hodgson sincerely listened to me and patiently answered every single one of my questions. He left me feeling confident and extremely relieved! I felt that he genuinely understood and cared about my case. When I called with questions or concerns about my case, my calls were returned. If Mark Hodgson was in Court, his Paralegal would talk to me. I was never left feeling like I was on my own! And when my day in Court came around, Mark Hodgson was remarkably prepared, very aggressive, and excellent on his feet! Even his Paralegal came to Court! This law firm truly cares about their clients. Mark Hodgson is a true professional who has an unbeatable understanding of how our judicial system works and can’t be manipulated by slime ball attorneys or their shady tactics. He won my case and renewed my faith in our justice system. Good people really can come out on top. I would without a doubt hire Mark Hodgson again, and I strongly recommend him to anyone who needs an affordable attorney.
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Posted by David | November 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Outcome
I was facing criminal charges to say the least would have destroyed my life. I was accused of a crime that faced heavy penalties and prison time and I also was taking on a child custody battle. I called the office a little scared not knowing what to do. Mark and his team got me in the office right away and I retained them that same hour even after I spoke to another office I felt like Mark was a better fit for me. Mark was very impressive at trial and in the office, I felt that he really cared about my case. Mark and his team were amazing from start to finish. I am thankful every day for what Mark , Aaron and everyone in their office have done for me and my family and strongly recommend them to anyone in need of help in any of these matters they are great criminal and family law attorneys. I feel they did more for me then you can put a price tag on, they got me my life back, my kids back from out of state, and got me living my life again back in my home. They got all charges dropped by the state and got me back full custody of my two children. It was an amazing outcome u could almost say it was a miricle but I think it had a lot to do with all of Marks, Aaron's and Peggy's hard work and everyone else in their office that was involved in my case. Thanks again Mark.
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Posted by Karol | June 10, 2015
A lawyer with integrity
I thought I would never have to hire a lawyer for anything until I found myself needing one. The family law system can be overwhelming, especially when you are representing yourself and your soon-to-be ex and the other attorney is taking you to court time and time again and no one seems to be listening to your side. Mark Hodgson not only made me feel very confident that I was in good hands, he clearly demonstrated in court his superior grasp of family law matters and was adept at countering the sneaky tactics that other attorney tried to pull in court. As a bonus, Mark is very easy to talk to and he was a tremendous help when I was a nervous wreck. Both of his assistants were very helpful whenever I called with questions, even if I called several times in one day! I hope I never need another attorney again but if I do I'm going to call Mark Hodgson immediately. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Chantel | December 11, 2014
Mark is more than just a great Lawyer, he is a trusted adviser and an honest man
When my ex-husband ruined my life by cheating on me with my sister, I was devastated. The prospect of losing my life partner and raising two little children on my own was daunting to say the least. Luckily for me, a friend referred me to Mark. His compassion towards my situation and his ceaseless work towards my representation left me filled with gratitude and hope for humanity. I had always though lawyers were nasty sharks out to take advantage of people, but Mark is a truly honest man with a tireless work ethic. I was able to get much more out of the divorce than I was expecting thanks to Mark and his representation. I was truly blessed to have him as my lawyer.
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Posted by Ian | November 21, 2014
Mark will go to war for your rights!!!
Mark is a rottweiler in the courtroom! His representation was just what was required when my b**** of a former wife tried to clean me out. I earned that money and Mark fought to help me keep it. Fantastic attorney, knows the law and is tenacious in his representation.
Posted by Susan | August 26, 2014
A GREAT FIRM!
I hired Mark Hodgson for a divorce in Spokane. He was open, friendly, and gave me great advice and counsel. Mark was honest with me about my case and worked hard to resolve all of my issues quickly. He responded to my phone calls and questions every time. He was WONDERFUL in my hearing and got me alimony, child support, and the parenting plan that my children needed. I had two other lawyers before Mark and he is far superior to my previous counsel. He fought hard for me and he knew the law. I would and will recommend him to everyone that i know.
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Posted by Tricia | June 26, 2013
Efficient fast & friendly
These situations are never easy. Deciding to get a lawyer then choosing one was a very hard decision. I spoke to a few people that have been thru divorce and Mark’s name came up more than once. I went and met with him, his business partners and Casey his assistant. They were all friendly, professional and most importantly for me nonjudgmental. He is very educated on divorce with children and keeps in mind what is best for the kids! He answered my questions and didn’t make me feel belittled as other lawyers did. Thank you Mark Hodgson and team you are all very appreciated!
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Posted by LEXIE | June 26, 2013
I highly recomend this firm!
I hired this office to help me with my family law/child custody case. Mark was professional and easy to work with. He really cared about my case and fought hard for me. I felt like i was important to him and that my case really mattered. He was clear with me that he could not guarantee results but my case turned out GREAT! I was impressed on how fair I was billed. I have had attorneys in the past who did not seem to care about my case. I was just number and a paycheck to them. Mark and his staff always paid attention, returned my calls quickly, and treated me fairly. I highly recommend this law firm.
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Posted by David | June 26, 2013
Aggressive, Honest, Reasonable Fees, Excellent Lawyer
I graduated from a top ten Law School and have some understanding of what it means to hire a good lawyer. I needed representation in a difficult custody battle with my ex. After searching for months for the right lawyer, I was relieved to find Mark Hodgson. Mr Hodgson has been a superb attorney. He is ethical in his practices, his fees are very reasonable, and he is effective in court. To the complete frustration of my ex who has spent thousands filing ridiculous and malicious law suits against me this last year, Mr. Hodgson has successfully and repeatedly prevailed against one of the biggest Law firms in town and has really helped me resolve some difficult challenges. I would not hesitate to recommend him. This is an attorney that will do everything he can to help you get things right and will stand by you when you need help.
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Posted by Felicity | October 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Communication is key.
I was trying to modify a parenting plan when my ex husband reappeared after 4 years of nothing. I kept hearing the court say "it's your word against his." I was way over my head. After seeing Mark represent another client in court, I called for a consult. Yes the money plays in, this is his business. They actually worked hard to help me keep cost down, knowing our situation. His paralegal can be very blunt and come across as abrasive, but so is the legal system. As long as I communicated when there was a misunderstanding, everything went well. She saw the reality of the person I was dealing with and responded appropriately. I like her pit-bull attitude, it is what was needed. Mark was always honest with me and made it clear what his plan was when I was confused and felt he was being too nice to him. He never belittled me like other reviewers said they felt. The outcome was better than I hoped for and I will definitely use them again if/when I need them. Thank you all for being our "go between."
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Posted by Doran | February 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Does not communicate
I missed a court date that his office never notified me about. He was unprepared for hearings and said he had other cases going. That cost me $1,500 In her attorney fees. He never sent the $23,000 check back. That cost me another $1,500 in attorney fees. I had to search the court docket and notify him of this court date. He apologized for not sending the check back and said he’d make it right. When I told him he could cover the fees and not charge me his, he filed to remove himself as counsel. Gave the wrong email address so I was not notified. I had to see it searching to see if I had anymore court dates.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Another worthless family law attorney
Like the majority of family law attorneys Mark is completely useless, especially if you are a father! He doesn't care about the importance of the child father relationship, all he cares about is making as much money as he can!
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Dissatisfied with this Attorney
Mark Hodgson processed my case. Eventually, I realized that Mark had only a layman's understanding of the case, the WA State RCW's or any case law pertaining to it. During the hearing Mark was tactfully informed by the Commissioner that he was arguing for relief that was clearly disallowed per the information provided the court and specific RCW laws. Mark was shocked! The commissioner asked Mark, if his client would be willing to adjust the petition to qualify for a different judgment. Of course, Mark answered in the affirmative. At this point, Mark was unable to produce the documentation to augment the correct order that was awarded by the commissioner (I had just handed this to him, prior to entering court). The commissioner issued the order regardless. Oh yes, there was also one other incredibly and infuriating transgression by Mr. Hodgson. Unbelievably, two days before our first hearing date, Mark Hodgson had previously struck the case without my permission, prematurely in error, thereby requiring me to delay for another hearing. Finally, Mark not only stumble-bumbled this case, but I had to hire another attorney to correctly finish the paper work created by his staff that was required before I could qualify for the judgement ordered by the commissioner. This warning is not submitted in anger. These claims are all verifiable from the transcripts of this hearing that I have on file. My desire is to inform any other potential clients of this office of the incompetence of Mark Hodgson.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Pro Tem Commissioner
  • Spokane County
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • MDH PS
  • 2003 - Present

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Eastern Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (9)
Endorse Mark
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mark is an exceptional and well respected attorney. He aggressively and assertively advocates for his clients. He is knowledgeable in all areas of family law. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mark is a great attorney to work with. I had the pleasure of working closely with him for about 2 years and he is a reasonable, respectful, and intelligent attorney. I learned a lot from him and I know that he would be an asset to have on your side in any family law or criminal law matter."
Family Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is one of the best, hardest working attorneys in Spokane. I've worked with him on several cases and I'm always impressed with his insight and depth of knowledge of complicated family law dynamics. As a colleague."

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Spokane Family Lawyer Mark D Hodgson
Mark D Hodgson
Family Attorney
Spokane, WA
Licensed for 20 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available