Mark R. Arend

Top rated Family Law attorney in Tacoma, Washington

McKinley Irvin
Mark R. Arend
McKinley Irvin

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Washington since: 2008

Education: Seattle University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018

McKinley Irvin

1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402 Visit website


A family law attorney with over 15 years of experience, Mark Arend is a partner at McKinley Irvin in Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Arend has a strong background in complex dissolution cases and serves as a certified mediator and arbitrator. His clients value his keen knowledge of the law as well as his compassion. In his family law practice, Mr. Arend emphasizes the need to listen above all else: “For me, that’s the first commandment in the law: Talk less. Listen more.”

Mr. Arend is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and is distinguished as a Washington Super Lawyer. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Arend served in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot and officer. He continues to honor his military roots as a volunteer attorney for Operation Military Family, an organization serving military and veteran families.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2008, Washington

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Educational Background:
  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • Certified Mediator, King County Dispute Resolution Center
  • Graduate, Trial Skills, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • B.A., University of Washington
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • United States Air Force, Fighter Pilot and Officer, 1988
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • King County Bar Association Mediation Certification, 2006
  • Washington Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2023
  • Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, 2023
  • Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll, Washington State Bar Association, 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer Attorney, Tacoma-Pierce County Legal Clinic, 2023
  • Volunteer Attorney, WSBA Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project, 2023
  • Volunteer Attorney, Operation Military Family, 2023
  • Board of Directors. Cascade Vista Athletic Club Youth Sports, 2023
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Commissioner Pro Tempore, Pierce County Superior Court, 2023
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, 2023
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2023
  • Chairman, Platinum Achievement Committee, Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court, Chapter XXV
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Office location for Mark R. Arend

1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: 253-592-6350


4 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018

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