Mark was first introduced to Atticus in October 2011 when he attended a workshop led by Atticus Shareholder, Steve Riley. That day and a half had a significant impact on him: It led to a more than five-fold increase in his revenues, dramatically reduced his time in the office and built his satisfaction with the practice of law to an all-time high. All of this led him to where he is today – not only practicing Atticus principles in his own firm, but teaching them to others.
A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Mark earned his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. The first phase of his legal career involved work at a large firm that focused primarily on litigation. Here, Mark was a member of a team defending a large corporate client. This work had him trying cases in the eastern seaboard area and the Great Lakes states. The second phase of his career saw Mark transition to his own firm in the Chicago area. Presently, his practice is focused on estate planning, elder law, and real estate matters, and serves as a laboratory for him to apply Atticus concepts and systems.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Mark is devoted to public service and recently completed 20 years of service as a member of the Board of Education for the Indian Prairie School District. His service there includes terms as President, Secretary, Chair of Policy, Personnel, and the Legislative, Finance, and Building Committees. He served for 11 years on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of School Boards, including two years as President from 2007-2009. Mark also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association from 2008-2011.
Mark has been a member of the Rush-Copley Medical Center/Copley Memorial Hospital Board of Directors since 1997 and presently serves as Chairman of the Board.
Some of Mark’s awards and honors include:
Mark, who is also an excellent chef, resides in Illinois with his wife, Judy. He is the proud father of three, and a new grandfather.