Mark's primary practice area is criminal law. Additionally, Mark practices in general litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mark was a law clerk to the Honorable Dale V. Sandstrom of the North Dakota Supreme Court. Mark received undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and social/behavioral sciences from Bismarck State College and the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. He received his law degree, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Mark was a Bismarck police officer for over 5 years. As an officer, he performed numerous additional duties, including: field and recruit training; membership on the tactical team and bomb disposal team; and chemical test operator. Mark has trained law enforcement officers at seminars conducted throughout the United States. Mark also teaches law-related topics for the University of Mary and North Dakota State University in Fargo. He frequently speaks for criminal justice organizations across the state.
Mark retired from the North Dakota Army National Guard after serving for over 24 years, holding numerous positions including platoon leader, executive officer, detachment commander, company commander, battalion staff, assistant staff judge advocate, and state judge advocate.
In 2010, Mark was elected to serve as the Secretary of the North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he was appointed by the Chief Judge of the North Dakota Federal District Court to serve as the District of North Dakota Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative.
Great Plains Super Lawyer® , Thompson-Reuters (2011-2012)
"The Best Lawyers in America," in DUI/DWI, Woodward/White (2010-2013)
North Dakota, 2000
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2001
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2001
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2010
State Bar Association of North Dakota
North Dakota Army National Guard
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers