Team

Meet Mark

Mark graduated from Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Law. He was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and an associate at a small southern Indiana law firm before returning to his hometown, South Bend, and joining Jones Obenchain in 1983.

Mark’s practice includes mediation, general trial work, family law, estate planning, probate and real estate law. He has handled appeals in Indiana and Michigan, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Unlike many of the Jones Obenchain attorneys, most of Mark’s clients are individuals rather than corporations.

In 2007, Mark was trained to become a Collaborative Family Law Lawyer and he joined the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (www.collaborativepractice.com). Collaborative divorce involves the use of attorneys for each party, often joined by other expert consultants, but, instead of court battles, the parties and lawyers pledge from the outset to work together in crafting an outcome that is fair to all without ever going to Court.

In 2008, Mark began mediating family law matters. A certified mediator with thirty years of family law experience, Mark has helped dozens of couples resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom. Mark sometimes conducts two or three mediations in a week here in the offices of Jones Obenchain. Even with that busy schedule, Mark or his assistant, Colleen, can usually schedule a mediation session very quickly when needed.

Mark and his wife live in Granger. He enjoys spending time at his family’s cottage in southwest Michigan. Mark has a love of Notre Dame and photography.

Assistant: Sheila Klockow

Education

Professional Credentials:

  • J.D., Indiana University, 1980
  • A.B., University of Notre Dame, 1974

Experience

Areas of Practice:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Real Estate

Distinctions

Bar Admission:

  • Indiana, 1980
  • Michigan, 1983
  • United State Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.s. District Court
  • Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • Western District of Michigan

Affiliations

Bar Associations:

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association

Professional Associations:

  • Robert A. Grant Inn of Court
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph County
  • Diamond Lake Association