University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., 1988
Honors: Editor, Moot Court Program
Brown University, B.A., History & Economics, 1983
Complex Litigation, Business Law
Admitted: State Bar of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California.
Mr. Marks has practiced civil and commercial litigation in California for over 25 years. Mr. Marks has served as “first chair” counsel in over thirty jury and bench trials that have reached verdict, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Mr. Marks received his law degree in 1988 from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, where he served as editor of the moot court program. Mr. Marks received undergraduate degrees in history and economics from Brown University in 1983, and he remains active in Brown’s local alumni community. He is also a diplomate of the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal, where he received a Gulbenkian Fellowship in 1981.
In July 2014, Mr. Marks was re-appointed to a three-year term as a Commissioner on the California Commission on Access to Justice, a governmental agency comprised of trial court and appellate judges and practicing lawyers, among other legal professionals. Its mission is to oversee and coordinate programs dedicated to improving access to the California courts by those who are unable to afford legal counsel.
Mr. Marks also serves as an advisor on the Executive Committee of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the California Bar. Previously, he served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar’s Litigation Section, the Committee on the Administration of Justice, and the Litigation Section’s Committee on Civil Jury Instructions.
Mr. Marks is a former Chair of the Editorial Board of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, and remains a member of the Board of Editors. Mr. Marks has also served as a Delegate to the policy-making arm of the American Bar Association, the ABA’s House of Delegates.
Mr. Marks has served as a volunteer attorney for Public Counsel, the largest pro bono institution serving the legal needs of the disadvantaged. Based on his long-standing commitment to Public Counsel’s Community Development Project, Mr. Marks was honored as “Advocate of the Year” by Public Counsel for the year 2008.