Mark joined the Firm in 2008. His practice is a varied civil practice expected of a lawyer in a rural community, the primary focus of his practice involves general civil litigation, oil and gas law, corporate and business, commercial law, real estate, estate planning, trusts and probate, family law/divorce/custody, adoptions and guardianships. Mark is the author of “Moser v. United States Steel, A New Approach to the Definition of Unspecified Minerals in an Oil and Gas Lease,” Volume 37, Number 2, Oklahoma Law Review, 1984.
He has been admitted to practice in the Oklahoma Supreme Court and all Oklahoma District Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Lincoln County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mark is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Chandler, Oklahoma School Board, the Chandler, Oklahoma Lions Club and the Downtown Oklahoma City Optimist Club. He is a current member of the Chandler, Oklahoma Lions Club. Mark has received a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and obtained a Masters of Business Administration in 1985. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1985 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While in law school, he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law and served on the Board of Editors of the Oklahoma Law Review.
In his oil and gas practice, Mark has negotiated numerous oil and gas leases, defended leases against expiration for non-production and other reasons, litigated surface damage and salt water spill cases, non-payment/underpayment of royalties, geophysical seismic exploration matters, quiet title actions, and probates/summary probates regarding minerals.
In his business and commercial litigation practice, Mark represents business entities and owners in a variety of areas, including contract negotiations and disputes, both foreign and domestic, disputes and buy-outs between owners, mergers, acquisitions and liquidations, wrongful termination and other employment issues, and numerous other issues that face a business in its daily operations.
In his commercial/banking practice, Mark represents individuals and banks, lending institutions and individuals in lawsuits relating to debts, collections, foreclosure and U.C.C. matters..
In his real estate practice, Mark represents land owners in condemnation proceedings filed by utility companies and pipeline companies, right-of-way disputes, vacation of plats and streets and in numerous varieties of real estate related litigation, including adverse possession, fence-line disputes and suits to vacate or amend deeds. Mark has litigated numerous quiet title actions and has prepared surface title opinions.
In his family law practice, Mark has handled numerous divorce and custody proceedings, both contested and uncontested. He has also handled numerous adoption proceedings, both contested and uncontested, as well as numerous guardianships, both contested and uncontested. Mark has also been involved in victim protective Order hearings and juvenile proceedings involving the Department of Human Services.
Mark has prepared numerous wills and trusts and has administered numerous trusts and been involved in numerous probate cases, both contested and uncontested.
Mark is currently the City Attorney for Carney, Oklahoma. He is involved in numerous and varied matters regarding the Town and its operations.