Experience. Expertise. Drive.

Mark D. Nelson

Principal Attorney

 

Mark’s diverse background lends itself to all aspects of family and business law. He began his legal career in 2005 as a deputy prosecutor in King County, Washington. Prior to founding his own firm, he was an associate criminal defense and family law attorney in Tacoma, WA. He has served as a Pro Tempore Commissioner for Pierce County Superior Court since 2014 and earned a certificate in civil mediation from The National Judicial College in 2017.

 

Mark has extensive litigation experience, representing businesses in complex contractual and administrative disputes, as well as individuals in high-conflict domestic matters, at all levels of the state and federal courts in Washington. His broad experience has provided him with a keen intuition for prioritizing issues and developing results-yielding strategies. He is passionate about what he does and believes in providing honest, straight-forward and compassionate legal counsel.

 

Mark is President of the Harbor History Museum Board of Trustees, Vice President of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Family Law Section, an active member of the Fox Island Historical Society Board of Directors, and a Barrister with The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inns of Court in Tacoma. He is Northwest native and when he’s not at the office he can be found fishing for salmon, playing guitar, or cheering on the Huskies.

Education

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

• Juris Doctor, 2006

• CALI Excellence for the Future Award

 

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

B.A. Psychology, 1990

Certifications & Training

• Admitted in Washington State and U.S. District Court for Western District of Washington

• National College of District Attorney’s Conference on Domestic Violence, Oct. 2007

• Persuasive Appellate Writing, June 2009

• Collaborative Law Mediation Training, Oct. 2011

• Complex Parenting Issues in Divorce, March 2013

• Civil Mediation Certificate, Oct. 2017

Susan Hathaway

Senior Paralegal

 

Susan’s vast family law experience includes six years as a family law litigation paralegal and six years working within the King County Superior Court system for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Protection Order Program. She had the truly valuable experience of being present in court on the family law calendar nearly every weekday of those years, supporting petitioners, interacting with attorneys and court staff, and drafting proposed and final orders for protection. As a result, Susan has an elevated understanding and appreciation of family law procedure and court protocol.

Education

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

Juris Doctor, 2011

 

EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE

B.A. Liberal Arts, 2009

Jes Thompson

Law Clerk

 

As a paralegal, student of the law, and office manager, Jes contributes to all cases that come through the firm. She is passionate about her role and works closely with clients to provide communication, encouragement, guidance and support during every step of the legal process from intake, to preparation for mediation or court proceedings, to entry of final documents and post-case management. Prior to transitioning to law and joining the team, she was a business strategy coach, yoga teacher, marathon-runner, and busy mom.

Education

WA RULE 6 LAW CLERK

Year One, 2019

 

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

B.A. Communications & Business, 2012

Jessica Nelson

Accounts Manager

 

Jessica’s vast financial career spans nearly two decades. Having worked with a large capitial management organization, Jessica plays a critical role in the fiscal stability of the business. Additionally, she provides accounting and bookkeeping services for the firm.

Education

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

B.A. in Communication, 2000

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