Mark Arend

Senior Attorney

Tacoma | Puyallup

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Interesting notes about Mark
Proudest accomplishment: Air Force Pilot's Wings
Greatest fear: Rubik's Cubes
Can't live without: My Paralegal, Candice

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About Mark Arend

As a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, businessman, and now family law attorney, Mark knows how to go into an adversarial environment and achieve a beneficial outcome. He puts these skills to use every day to help his clients get successful results, often despite difficult circumstances.

While Mark is aggressive in pursuing his clients' objectives, he is well known for his compassion and patience in working with his clients. Mark has firsthand experience of the emotional devastation and confusing legal issues that a person is faced with when getting a divorce—it’s one of the reasons he became a family lawyer.

"I understand how my clients are feeling," says Mark. "They are going through a stressful time and are counting on me to navigate the legal system for them, which is often much more of an art than anything else. I counsel my clients carefully about their options, then act directly to achieve their objectives."

Mark distinguishes his approach to family law by handling every case with common sense, confidence, unwavering ethics, and professionalism. He has specialized training in both litigation and mediation, making him equally comfortable—and skillful—inside or outside the courtroom.

With a philosophy to “do better” for his clients than they’d get from anyone else, Mark works hard to earn his clients’ trust through clear and frequent communication, highly knowledgeable legal advocacy, and real compassion.

Mark represents clients in all types of family law matters and is highly experienced in cases that involve high-conflict situations, business ownership, or military families. He works mainly from the firm's Tacoma office.

Mark lives in Black Diamond, WA with his wife and children, where he coaches and referees the children's sports teams and enjoys exciting outdoor activities, whether on land, water, or up in the air.

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  • Commissioner Pro Tempore, Pierce County
  • Chairman, Platinum Achievement Committee, Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court, Chapter XXV


  • United States Air Force, Fighter Pilot and Officer, 1983-1988


  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section; Rules of Professional Conduct Committee: 2011-2012; Continuing Legal Education Committee: 2011/2012; Professionalism Committee 2009-2011
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
  • Cascade Vista Youth Athletic Club, Board of Directors

Community Activities

  • Operation Military Family, Volunteer Attorney, 2009-present
  • WSBA Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project, Volunteer Attorney, 2009-present
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Legal Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, 2008-present
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  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • Graduate, Trial Skills, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Certified Mediator, King County Dispute Resolution Center
  • B.A. University of Washington
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Publications & Presentations


  • Speaker, “Estate Planning Essentials,” Edward Jones Client Roundtable, Puyallup, WA, 2013
  • Speaker, “Estate Planning Basics,” South Hill Professionals, 2012
  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
"Thanks for all the work for our family over the past year. We’re really glad you are on our side."
"David remained very level headed and family focused throughout our proceedings. That said, I always felt my specific needs were very well ..."
"Without David and Sam, there is no way I could have made it through this exceptionally difficult time in my life. I cannot imagine two ..."
"My daughter is the sunshine of my life. I felt despair and a sense of helplessness on the day I was served. On the first appointment day ..."
"In our search for a reputable law firm to handle my sister’s divorce case, we explored our options until we found the McKinley Irvin law ..."
"My attorney was very good in and out of the courtroom. Always kept me up to date on any issues that came up and was very knowledgeable on ..."
"I would like to give my sincere appreciation to Jennifer Payseno and staff. You all stood by me no matter how trying my case got. I always ..."
"Dave, thank you very much for doing such a wonderful job. It has been a pleasure working with you."
"From start to finish, the team at McKinley Irvin took care of me and my family. I couldn’t ask for more. What happened in court was exactly ..."
"I have dealt with approximately 4 lawyers in the past from other law firms. Laura from McKinley Irvin, however, handled my case with ..."
"I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help with my case. I know the call I got from your office was an answer to my tearful and ..."
"I am so very thankful that I chose to work with McKinley Irvin and the wonderful staff they have in place. Highly recommended!"
"A huge weight and amount of stress was lifted as soon as I hired Jamie Walker. Having her on my team was exactly the peace of mind I needed ..."
"Getting a divorce was hard enough as it is. I was nervous and just wanted to get it over with before my ex-wife thought of anything else she ..."
"Marc provided steady counsel and support through the emotional times. He kept us focused and moving forward during the meetings."
"Wish I had you when I first got divorced. It’s so hard to find a reliable lawyer, but I must say, you are one of the best."
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