Mark's practice focuses on resolving real estate, business, and intellectual property disputes for individuals and businesses of all sizes as well as pursuing insurance companies who refuse to provide defenses for their insureds. Mark has handled matters pending before federal and state trial and appellate courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Federal Trade Commission. Mark is presently the chair of Inslee Best's Intellectual Property Group.
Obtained federal trademark registrations for individual and corporate clients as well as challenged and defended trademark applications and registrations.
Defended a condominium association against claims of breaching its duties to owners through a jury verdict and obtained a sizable attorneys’ fee award against the plaintiffs.
Obtained a favorable summary judgment ruling from the King County Superior Court on behalf of a landlord in a dispute between the landlord and a tenant regarding the renewal rights of the tenant under a lease.
Obtained favorable summary judgment rulings from the Island County Superior Court on behalf of a private water association in a dispute regarding the ability of the association to assess an individual and the validity and scope of the association’s easements on the individual’s property.
Obtained the dismissal of a lawsuit involving the assertion of Section 1983 liability against a municipal client from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Advised a manufacturing client in relation to a claim of deceptive advertising asserted by the Federal Trade Commission.
Publications & Presentations
Panelist, Legal Updates, Washington Law and Resource Management Conference, June 2019
Presenter, Excise Tax Litigation, 2019 WASWD Spring Conference, April 2019
Presenter, Online Data Mining: Practice, Strategy, and Application, East King County Bar Association, April 2014
Condo Utilities May Be at Mercy of Assessments, King County Bar Bulletin, July 2009
CR 34 and Gillett v. Conner, Washington State Bar News, October 2008
Honors, Awards & Special Recognition
Named Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2014 & 2017
Professional & Civic Involvement
Washington State Bar Association, Member
Mark, a graduate of Interlake High School, lives in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, and is an active volunteer at his local parish, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, and as a member of the core team of the middle school youth group. His wife Kate is the Music Director at the parish, and fills Mark’s and their four childrens’ lives with joy, beauty, and music.