Mark focuses on tax and estate planning for individuals and families and succession planning for owners of closely held businesses.

His specific areas of expertise within estate and tax planning include the preparation of wills, trusts, and related documents; charitable gift planning and administration of charitable entities; estate and trust administration; estate tax and gift tax controversies; and advising individuals and businesses on a variety of general corporate and commercial matters. Mark is the chair of the Trusts & Estates group.




  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with high honors
  • Iowa State University, B.S., Industrial Engineering, with high honors
  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
  • Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society


  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • Clerk, Honorable George G. Fagg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


  • Super Lawyer—Estate & Probate, Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2000-2008, 2010-present
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2022-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation—Trusts and Estates, 2020-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 2007-present
  • Second Best Oralist, National Moot Court Competition

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Minnesota Zoo Foundation, Board of Trustees, Secretary, and Past Member
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Frequent Lecturer
  • Iowa Law Review, Member
  • Iowa National Moot Court Team

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