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Mark R. Arend

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Tacoma, WA

McKinley Irvin
1201 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253-592-6350
Fax: 253-597-7378
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018
Licensed in Washington Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Mark Arend is a Partner with McKinley Irvin, PLLC.  McKinley Irvin operates 9 offices throughout the greater Seattle-Tacoma and Vancouver/Portland areas.  A top-rated lawyer with more than 16 years of legal experience, Mr. Arend focuses his practice primarily on family law.  Mr. Arend provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Washington who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Divorce

·       Child custody and support

·       Domestic violence

·       LGBT matters

·       Relocations

·       Co-habitation agreements

·       Arbitration

A former US Air Force Fighter Pilot, Mr. Arend enjoyed a remarkable career serving his country before his career in business and technology.  Mr. Arend was a successful corporate entrepreneur and technology executive for many years before becoming an attorney.  Mr. Arend originally intended to reenter the corporate world after graduating from law school.  But, a divorce father himself, Mr. Arend's thoughts and focus shifted to assisting others in his community going through difficult family law matters and divorces, having the unique perspective to help and understand what they were going through.

Experiencing the stress and turmoil of a divorce instilled in Mr. Arend an uncompromising desire to provide the highest level of compassion and integrity when working with his clients.  Mr. Arend works hard, efficiently, and cost-effectively to help each and every one of his clients achieve their legal goals and the favorable outcomes they hope for.  Through frequent and open communication, Mr. Arend carefully listens to his clients to fully understand his client's needs.  Mr. Arend places tremendous importance in fostering an atmosphere of civility and professionalism through any litigation.

Honored for his success as an attorney, Mr. Arend has earned top rankings and endorsements from his peers, and he received the Pro Bono Award from the Washington State Bar Association several times.  Mr. Arend has also received "Superb, 10 out of 10" client ratings on Avvo since 2010, along with many testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

A 1985 graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Arend obtained his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law in 2008, graduating with the honor of selection to the "Order of Barristers" for excellence is client advocacy.  While in law school, Mr. Arend completed intensive mediation training at the Dispute Resolution Center of King County.  Immediately after graduation, he completed litigation courses at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy ("NITA").  Mr. Arend is now faculty at the NITA, teaching litigation, deposition, and trial skills to other attorneys.

Since 2014, Mr. Arend has served as Commissioner Pro Tempore in Pierce County Superior Court.  He is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, and Domestic Relations Attorneys of Washington ("DRAW").  Mr. Arend has been a member of the Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court since 2006, for which he served on the Executive Board for 6 years, and now having attained the designation of "Master."

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

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


3 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018

About Mark R. Arend

First Admitted: 2008, Washington

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Commissioner Pro Tempore, Pierce County Superior Court
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, 2008 to Present
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy - Faculty
  • American Bar Association, including Family Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association - Western Washington - Ethics and Practice Committee
  • The Honorable Robert J Bryan American Inn of Court, Chapter XXV
  • Washington State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Tacoma/Pierce County Bar Association Convention Committee
  • Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee
  • Washington State Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct Committee

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Order of the Barristers
  • United States Air Force, Fighter Pilot and Officer

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Attorney
  • Puyallup Area Aging in Place Coalition Board of Directors
  • MultiCare Legacy Advisor's Council
  • Attorneys Assisting Citizen Soldier and Their Families - Volunteer Attorney
  • WSBA Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project, Volunteer Attorney, 2009 - present
  • YMCA NW Mock Trial Competition Judge
  • Operation Military Family - Volunteer Attorney
  • Cascade Vista Athletic Club Youth Sports Board of Directors
  • Mock Trial Coach, Kent School District

Educational Background

  • University of Washington, B.A.
  • Eastside Leadership Institute - Graduate

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Eastside Leadership Institute Graduate, 1996
  • King County Bar Association Mediation Certification, 2006

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Annual case law update, Speaker, NW Aviation Law and Insurance Seminar, Aviation, 2007
  • Lecturer, "Estate Planning Essentials," Edward Jones Client Roundtable, Puyallup, WA, 2013
  • Lecturer, "Estate Planning Basics," South Hill Professionals, 2012
  • Lecturer, "Estate Planning Essentials for Small Business Owners.", 2013
  • Lecturer, "The Intersection of Business Ownership and Family Law" - Pierce County Network


  • Invited Member - Order of Barristers, 2008
  • For pro bono service above 50 hours per year., Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll, Washington State Bar Association, 2017
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Washington State Bar Association, 2011
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Member
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Washington State Bar Association, 2009
  • Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll, Washington State Bar Association, 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll, Washington State Bar Association, 2015
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Washington State Bar Association, 2010
  • 10.0 "Superb" rating since 2010
  • Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll, Washington State Bar Association, 2013
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Office Location for Mark R. Arend

1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2000
Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: 253-592-6350

Fax: 253-597-7378

Last Updated: 8/30/2022

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