Gig Harbor, WA
A former Commissioner and Staff Attorney with the Washington Court of Appeals, Division Two, Mark Adams combines a solid legal background with a strong sense of civic responsibility, balancing his professional duties with extensive community service. Mark Adams has volunteered with youth sports organizations, elementary schools, community colleges, a food bank, and the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Washington. In addition, he allocates a portion of his professional time to service as a Superior Court Guardian Ad Litem.
Mark Adams began his professional legal career as an Assistant City Attorney in Tacoma, Washington. In this role, he advised a number of professional departments, including a public housing agency, Tax and License, and Fire Department, while serving as prosecutor for the City of Tacoma. He served in this position for more than two years, joining the Court of Appeals in 1975. He was at the court more than 25 years, during which time he frequently wrote a variety of articles, pamphlets, and handbooks. His written work has appeared in the American Bar Association Journal, Washington State Bar News, and the University of Puget Sound Law Review.
Mark Adams completed his undergraduate work in economics at Portland State University and the University of Oregon Honors College. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and later completed a certificate course at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has also earned a certificate of study from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia's School of Theology, granting him a unique perspective on human behavior and beliefs.
Mark Adams maintains membership in the Washington State Bar Association, and continues to contribute extensively to his church and civic communities.