Firm Background


Mark’s practice is focused on representing:

  • privately-held companies in their business and corporate matters
  • investors of all types (including individuals and groups of angel investors)


  • 5 years as general counsel to Bill Gates and Cascade Investment, LLC
  • 19 years of private law practice
  • 10 years as a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis
  • 3 years at Securities & Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • Past clients range from gigantic and public entities to closely-held companies and individuals.

Mark is a problem solver.

  • Looks at the big picture
  • Thinks about clients’ goals
  • Anticipates issues
  • Presents alternative (and creative) solutions.


Honesty, trust, integrity and pragmatism are critical to my practice.
“Creative lawyer” is not an oxymoron; lawyer jokes appreciated.


When needed, Mark introduces his clients to other lawyers with more specialized skills in such areas as intellectual property, employment and tax matters. Mark has a network of attorneys that he can access as co-counsel whenever his clients need that expertise.