Mark A. Kaiman

Senior Managing Partner

Mark Kaiman is the Senior Managing Partner of Lustick, Kaiman & Madrone, PLLC in Bellingham, WA. His practice focuses on defending people accused of crimes in Municipal, State, Federal, and Military Courts. With broad legal experience and a diverse background, Mark also helps clients with civil litigation with matters such as contract claims, employment disputes, and civil rights litigation.

Background

Mark Kaiman began his legal career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in San Juan County, where he handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in the District and Superior courts in Friday Harbor. He also served as a statutory Deputy County Coroner.

After leaving the County Prosecutor’s Office, Mark worked as an associate at the Law Offices of John O. Linde in Friday Harbor. Under the mentorship of the late Judge Linde, Mark expanded his practice to include general civil litigation along with criminal defense. Some of the cases handled by Mark included DUI, domestic violence assault, theft, and major felony offenses. Mark also successfully represented private parties in divorces and family law cases and construction defect claim cases.

Mark was appointed an Assistant City Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Bellingham in 2003. In this role, he prosecuted misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor such as DUI, domestic violence assault, and theft cases in the Bellingham Municipal Court.  Additionally, he handled criminal appeals on behalf of the City in the Whatcom County Superior Court.

Mark occasionally sits as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Whatcom County District Court. In the past he has also been a visiting judge at the Blaine Municipal Court and the San Juan County District Court.

Mark Kaiman joined Lustick, Kaiman & Madrone in 2006, and became a partner in 2011. He became Senior Managing Partner in September of 2016. Today, he continues to fight for the rights of the accused. In his spare time, Mark is an award winning tennis player, foster parent, and an avid skier.

Education

  • Syracuse University, College of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts

Professional Associations

  • Whatcom County Bar Association Past Presidents Committee, Chair (2016)
  • Whatcom County Bar Association, Vice-President (2014), President (2015)
  • LAW Advocates Board of Directors, Ex-Officio Member (2015)
  • San Juan County Bar Association, Member (2004-Present)

Honors

  • Avvo.com Rated “10” Superb (2008 to Present)
  • Washington Super Lawyers Award (2015 & 2016)
  • Washington Rising Star Award (2009)

Admitted to the Following Courts

  • The Washington State Supreme Court
  • The Washington State Court of Appeals
  • All Superior, District, & Municipal Courts in Washington State
  • Tribal Court of the Lummi Indian Nation
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
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"Mark is among the very finest attorneys I've been fortunate to work closely with in the 22+ years of my practice. I have known Mark for more than 5 years, both in federal court where I prosecuted cases he defended, and as a fellow WA practitioner. He has the unusual ability to get straight to the heart of complex matters, separating the wheat from the chaff almost automatically, naturally. Having served as a county prosecutor, he understands what is truly important in a case. This skill has proven essential in achieving optimal and early results for his clients that far exceed the typical. Mark has served faithfully and honorably in the armed forces; he has the important real-life experiences so often lacking. He brings this experience and intelligence to bear for his clients in each and every case, from the misdemeanor in muni court to the high-dollar civil rights suit in federal court. Mark is a true master of the craft, earning the admiration and respect of his peers."

– Keith Celebrezze, attorney, Mount Vernon, WA May 17, 2016