30 YEARS BUILDS INSIGHT, SKILL AND CREATIVITY
Mark began practicing family law in Seattle, Washington more than 30 years ago. Some words that mean the same thing as "thirty years" are "experienced" and "wise" and "understanding." Mark has litigated complex, high-profile cases as well as cases that are resolved without a murmur. He is at ease with multi-million dollar settlements and he continues to enjoy the satisfaction pro bono work offers. He has led clients to settle quietly, to not settle at all, and to settle for more than they thought they deserved.
Mark has seen enough to know what works and what doesn't. He offers advice couched in experience. And his creativity in problem solving as a mediator is matched only by the level of his care and concern that each party leave the process with a new direction and new possibility.
Mark has argued before the United State Supreme Court, sat as the Chair of the Family Law Section for the Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association, is past president of the Northwest Children's Fund, and has served on the alumni board at The Lakeside School. With his children grown, he spends his time outside the office working his third generation, family-owned farm with his wife, Leslie Olson.
THOROUGHNESS born of deep caring
Transitioning from the corporate world, Leslie built a second career in law, motivated by the difference for good legal advocacy can make in the lives of her clients. She started her legal career at the Washington State Court of Appeals, where she digested, researched and briefed more than 65 cases involving family law, employment discrimination, real estate and business law, and taxation, just to name a few.
To say Leslie is driven is to suggest that the Grand Canyon is a muddy ditch. She works so hard for her clients that sometimes she ends up uncovering information that surprises everyone - even her clients. Leslie's deep understanding of the law, its short-comings and its generosity, guides her work and pushes her to always look for more. In the courtroom, she is clear and determined. In settlement, she is reasoned, collaborative, and firm. She takes the complexity of multi-million dollar trusts, businesses, and multi-country estates in stride, while she remains focused on supporting the goals of her clients.
Leslie serves on the board of the U/W Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, where she works to support the global scholars program for first generation college students. She is a past Executive Committee member of Seattle Art Museum Supporters, and has judged mock trial and appellate advocacy competitions at U/W and Seattle U. She also cheers from afar her daughter, Corinne, who is pre-med at Wesleyan University. When she's not practicing law, you can find Leslie supporting her her husband, Mark Olson, in his new adventure with his family farm.