EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORY: Mark graduated with a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1981 and a J.D. from U.C.L.A. School of Law (Order of the Coif) in 1985. After one year as an associate at Tuttle & Taylor (later merged into Heller Ehrman), Mark clerked for Judge Charles E. Wiggins (deceased) of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. He worked for Steinhart & Falconer (later merged into DLA Piper) until 1992, when he joined the Law Office of Kennedy P. Richardson. With Ken and one other lawyer, Mark founded Marion's Inn in 1996. He is proud of the firm’s growth from humble beginnings to its present (still small) size, as well as the firm’s work on behalf of Kaiser Permanente.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND TEACHING: Mark served for several years as a Judge Pro Tem of the small claims department of the Alameda County Superior Court. In 1999 and 2000, Mark worked as an adjunct Professor of Health Law at the University of San Francisco, College of Professional Studies. He has also served as an instructor in programs on Discovery and Disclosure of Confidential Records in California, landlord-tenant law, and group-health-plan bankruptcy law (to the California Service Center).
PRACTICE AREAS: Since he began practicing in 1985 Mark has handled a variety of civil cases at both the trial and appellate level. He has broad experience in health law, commercial law, bankruptcy and collection, and civil litigation.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: In addition to the California bar, Mark is a member of the bars of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California.
LANGUAGES: Mark is conversationally at ease in Spanish