Mark Lindquist is the former elected District Attorney for Pierce County, Washington.
His commitment to justice, accountability, and helping people brought him to the Herrmann Law Group. He is working on Lion Air JT 610, Ethiopian Airlines ET 302, and other litigation with Charles Herrmann and the team at HLG. Most recently, he and colleague Anthony Marsh filed the first vaping lawsuit in Washington State.
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 formed an Elder Abuse Unit that was a leader in the country. He was the first in the state to use data-driven prosecution. He filed a lawsuit against Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid crisis.
Mark also tried some of the most significant 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 lawful and unlawful use of force by police.
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 serves on the boards of the Tacoma Community College Foundation and Tacoma City Club, among other community activities.
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 is also available to speak with community service groups.
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, which will be published as a book in 2021.
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.
Mark lives in the Northwest with his wife Chelsea and their daughter Sloane. He enjoys books, movies, music, and spending time outdoors with his family.