About Mark


I enjoyed being a trial lawyer and outside general counsel for over 25 years. My work was both interesting and for clients whom I respected. While I had imagined retiring as a mediator, I felt called to transition earlier to mediation and teaching yoga and meditation to be of greater service. This has morphed into a third service, teaching mindfulness practices in the corporate and professional services worlds.

As a trial lawyer and outdoor athlete (surfing, snow boarding, mountain biking) I developed a primal sense of mindfulness as a way to survive and thrive. A spectacular mountain bike crash led to yoga, which led to meditation and intensive spiritual studies primarily in source, secular Buddhism, all of which has allowed me to more clearly see the human condition and provided time-tested methods, now validated by Western science, to live more fully, with deep purpose, competence and contentment. My mission is to share what I have learned and practice, to teach well-being and bring peace.

education & honors

  • Teacher Training, Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (Google offshoot) 2016
  • RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hours), Yoga Alliance (Max Strom) 2010
  • Master at Laws (LL.M) in Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, 2009
  • Juris Doctorate, California Western School of Law, 1981
  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) U.C. San Diego, 1977
  • L’Ordre National du Merite (“National Order of Merit”), Republic of France, 2010


  • ADR Services, Inc., Mediator
  • Santa Monica Power Yoga, Teacher
  • Unplug Meditation, Teacher
  • Veterans Yoga Project, Teacher
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • United States District Court, Central District of California, Mediator
  • Santa Monica Bar Association, Board Member
  • ProVisors, Group Leader
  • Association of Surfing Lawyers, Member



Based on the platform developed by Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and born at Google, this training bridges age-old mindfulness and breathing practices with emotional intelligence and modern neuroscience as a path to less anxiety, increased work and life satisfaction, improved sleep, social relations, creativity and productivity. It is done on site at companies and professional services firms.


Breath based and heart centered Hatha yoga and basic meditation combined to provide an oasis of vibrant, centered well being and a basis for a home practice. No experience necessary. Beneficial for all ages and physical abilities.


Business Disputes • Personal Injury • Insurance Coverage • Insurance Coverage • Real Estate • Construction • Intellectual Property

As a mediator, I assist individuals and organizations in resolving disputes in a way that they understand, that makes sense to them and gives them closure. I am honored to serve as a mediator through ADR Services with offices throughout California. Please visit these sites for a detailed description of my mediation services.


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