Mark's primary area of practice is water law. He advises his clients on a variety of water rights and water related issues. Mark represents and has represented a wide array of clients on water rights issues, including:
· Major domestic and irrigation water providers in the Grand Valley of Western Colorado;
· Local governments in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah who provide municipal water supplies for their residents;
· Mutual ditch companies and other irrigation entities;
· Major energy companies with oil, gas and oil shale interests in Western Colorado; and
· Individuals, businesses, farmers, and ranchers.
In addition to his water law practice, Mark maintains a general civil practice, offering services such as advising clients in their general business operations, drafting contracts, and assisting clients in real estate transactions and issues. Mark also provides advice to his local government clients on various issues affecting them.
Mark is a member of the Colorado Water Congress and belongs to the Colorado, Mesa County, and American Bar Associations and the Utah State Bar. Mark currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF) and of the Water Center Advisory Council for the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University. In addition, Mark is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Water Court Committee, which is charged with reviewing and suggesting revisions to the rules of practice relating to water courts, and the Executive Council of the Water Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He also serves on the various committees for the First United Methodist Church, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Mesa County Bar Association Pro Bono Project, the Executive Council of the Colorado Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority (where he served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman), and the Board of Directors of Mesa Developmental Services. Mark has given numerous presentations on water and governmental law to various professional, community and business organizations.
Mark is admitted to practice in Colorado and Utah, before the U.S. District Courts for Colorado and Utah, and before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mark received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1980, and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in political science and minors in math and environmental studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1977.
Mark was born in San Antonio, Texas, while his father was stationed there during his military service. However, Mark was raised in Stoughton, Wisconsin, a small community of Norwegian heritage located near Madison. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Mark decided to venture out west. He applied to the University of Colorado for law school, and when he found out that CU would admit him, he readily accepted. While in law school, he met his future wife, Sara, who was also a law student. Upon graduation from law school, Mark and Sara thought that the Front Range of Colorado was too crowded, and so they settled on Grand Junction as a place to live, practice law and raise a family. They have two daughters: Ann, who is a graduate student in physics at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and Amy, who recently graduated from Colorado State University, with a degree in mechanical engineering and is now working as a consultant with an engineering software company.