Brandon J. Mark

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Brandon J.Mark
Shareholder
Litigation, Trials & Appeals Practice Area Vice-Chair
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6958

Brandon Mark is a shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer and works in the firm’s Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate practice groups. Additionally, he is the leader of the Real Estate Litigation practice group. Mr. Mark has represented clients in state and federal trial courts around the country, including the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals, the Nevada Supreme Court, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits, as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Mr. Mark attended the University of California-Berkeley school of law (Boalt Hall) and was admitted to the Order of the Coif upon graduation. Mr. Mark was a member of the California Law Review and the co-director of the school's Homeless Outreach Project in 2001-2002, a student-run legal clinic. He earned honors for academic achievement in several courses, including contracts, evidence, civil procedure, and ethics.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Mark served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Daniel Friedman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Mark is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating. Mr. Mark was named to the Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars list as one of the top attorneys in the Mountain States (Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming) for 2010 - 2017. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in these states are selected to the list. He was recognized as "Up and Coming" in Utah Business magazine's 2012 Legal Elite.

In spring 2014, the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney for the District of Idaho announced that the United States of America had intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by Mr. Mark’s clients against several for-profit colleges in Idaho, Utah, California, Colorado, Arizona, and Wyoming under the federal False Claims Act. The government typically intervenes in only about 20% of suits brought under the False Claims Act. The relators’ complaint against Stevens-Henager College, CollegeAmerica, California College of San Diego, and Independence University alleges that the colleges paid illegal bonuses to recruiters and hired unqualified teachers. Find out more about the lawsuit here: Press Release.

In fall 2013, Mr. Mark was an assistant trial counsel in a five-week trial in a small Utah town involving allegations from several dairies that a local power plant was emitting “stray current” into the environment, to which cows are supposedly susceptible. Although the court declared a mistrial over juror misconduct at the very end of the trial, through post-trial motions, Mr. Mark’s clients successfully dismissed three of the four remaining claims against them, as well as punitive damages, because of a lack of evidence.

Mr. Mark also argued the case of Sachs v. Lesser, 2008 UT 87, before the Utah Supreme Court, which successfully terminated a multi-million dollar contract lawsuit in his clients' favor and clarified an important but ambiguous Utah licensing law.

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Accomplishments

Academic

University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 2003)

Honors:

Order of the Coif (Top ten percent)

Weber State University (B.S., 2000)

Honors:

Outstanding Graduate, Economics Department (Graduated First in Class)

Goddard Scholar (Top ten GPA in the Business School)

Outstanding Student Scholar (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)


Professional

Up and Coming Legal Elite, Utah Business magazine, 2012

Rising Star, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2017

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating


Associations

Professional

American Inns of Court
Member
(2004 - Present)

American Bar Association
Member
(2003 - Present)

Federal Circuit Bar Association
Member
(2006 - Present)


Political

Utah Democratic Lawyers Council
First Vice-Chair and State Party Liaison
(2011 - Present)

Utah State Democratic Party Rules Committee
Member
(2011 - Present)

Planned Parenthood Association of Utah /
Planned Parenthood Action Council
Board Member
Past Treasurer
(2010 - Present)


False Claims Act Blog

Twitter

Brandon J. Mark @saltlakelawyer
For-profit colleges target military veterans https://t.co/iKRtPgkvwB

Licensed/Admitted

Utah
Oregon

Education

University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law