Mark Epstein

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Mark Epstein has over twenty-two years of experience as a trial lawyer in both civil litigation and as a San Francisco criminal prosecutor. Prior to joining SEZA, Mark was an attorney with the law firms of Berg, Ziegler, Anderson & Parker and the international law firm of Graham & James. Mark also served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco under then District Attorney Arlo Smith where he and the other founders of SEZA met.

While at Berg, Ziegler, Mark's practice focused on a wide variety of business and real estate litigation, construction law, eminent domain/inverse condemnation, probate disputes, employment matters and personal injury cases. He primarily represented financial institutions, real estate developers, private landowners and condemning agencies in eminent domain actions, employers and general contractors. Mark’s practice at Graham & James involved the representation of financial institutions in commercial litigation matters, as well as the representation of developers, contractors and construction companies.

Mark has completed nineteen jury trials in state and federal courts, obtaining successful verdicts in eighteen of the trials and is quick to clarify that in the one “unsuccessful” trial, it was a hung jury and upon retrying the same case, he obtained a favorable unanimous verdict after the jury deliberated for approximately 22 minutes. Mark has also represented clients in numerous bench trials where his clients have prevailed in each and every one of the trials. Mark regularly represents clients in numerous state and federal courts, and has represented clients in countless arbitrations, mediations and administrative hearings. Mark has also acted in the role of mediator in several matters.

Mark oversees SEZA’s civil litigation practice group and enjoys an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating provided by this national organization that profiles over one million lawyers and firms in the United States and Canada. Mark regularly receives five star reviews from satisfied SEZA clients, some of which can be found under the Customer Lobby Review Button on page one of this site.

Professional Affiliations (past & present) Member, California State Bar, Litigation and Real Property sections; Marin County Bar Association; President, Kentfield Schools Foundation; Chair, Kentfield School District Parcel Tax Committee; Member, Board of Directors Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Published Decisions
Bassidji v. Goe, 413 F.3d 928 (9th Cir. 2005)
Lopes v. Vieira, 488 F.Supp.2d 1000 (E.D. Cal. 2007)
543 F.Supp.2d 1149 (E.D. Cal. 2008)

Personal Information
Born Salt Lake City, Utah 1962. Married to Janet Epstein, Chief Compliance Counsel, Charles Schwab. Father of two daughters.

Road & mountain biking in Marin County and beyond, wine, travel & scuba.

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