“It’s a scene ripped from the pages of a legal thriller: the tough, tall, good-looking prosecutor making his closing argument in a murder trial. One look at the jury and you know he owns them as he dissects the defendant’s lies.
He gives them the real story: the truth about who started the fight, who brought the gun, the truthfulness-or lack thereof-of a crack-smoking witness and, most important, the facts disclosed by wounds on the victim’s body.
“We’re going to spend 30 minutes on the defense, and when we’re done, there will be nothing left, because it’s all untrue,” says the prosecutor, and you believe him.
It could be a scene painted by a great novelist, say Scott Turow or John Grisham. Actually, it’s a real-life moment from a February trial with lawyer-novelist Mark Lindquist.”
From Washington Law & Politics magazine, June-July 2007, written by O. Casey Carr
Already a successful author, Mark began his legal career in the office of the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney in 1995. He worked his way up through the ranks, successfully litigating cases, and became a Trial Team Chief and then Chief Criminal Deputy.
He was appointed as the District Attorney in 2009, elected in 2010, and re-elected in 2014. In his decade as the elected prosecutor, Mark made the community safer.
He filed a lawsuit against Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid crisis. He formed an Elder Abuse Unit that was a leader in the country. He was the first in the state to use data-driven prosecution.
Mark also tried some of the most high-profile cases in Washington, including the murder and rape of Special Olympian Kimmie Daily, the murder and robbery of cab driver Mohamud Ahmed, the murder of Nancy Gardner, and the Tacoma Mall shooting.
As the elected prosecutor, he also reviewed and made decisions on more than 50 officer-involved shootings that resulted in fatalities. He brings this distinctive experience to his analysis of unlawful use of force by police.
His past experience as a high-ranking government attorney gives him unique insight on lawsuits against the government and other large organizations.
As a personal injury lawyer, Mark litigates cases involving plane crashes, wrongful death, government misconduct and negligence, officer-involved shootings, excessive force, significant accidents and other cases involving death or injury.
Mark has won many awards, including “The Special Pro Bono Leadership Award” from the Pierce County Tacoma Bar Association, “Boss of the Year” from the National Association of Legal Professionals, and “Outstanding Community Involvement” from Safe Streets. He co-chaired the United Way campaign, is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum, and served on the boards of the Tacoma Community College Foundation and Tacoma City Club, among other community activities.
“Lindquist’s accomplishments as county prosecutor are still felt to this day,” as the Tacoma Weekly said. He instituted innovative crime-fighting programs, significantly reduced crime, and “on top of this, he brought bipartisanship, civility, and integrity to the job.”
He has taught Continuing Legal Education courses at Washington State Bar Association and Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association conferences, as well as conferences for prosecutors and other government attorneys. He also frequently speaks to community groups about the law.
A nationally-renowned author, his bestsellers include The King of Methlehem, published by Simon & Schuster, and Never Mind Nirvana, published by Random House. He also wrote a series of columns for the Tacoma Pierce County Bar News, Zen Lawyer.
His articles, reviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, Details Magazine, and many other publications.