Mark M. Williams


Mark M. Williams has a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of elder law and estate planning, including guardianships / conservatorships and probate.  He has actively worked to develop the area of elder law (medical and financial issues facing the aging and incapacitated) and his accomplishments in that area have been widely recognized. Mark’s practice comprises all facets of elder law including contested guardianships and conservatorships for individuals as well as working with professional fiduciaries.  He advises clients on planning for long term care, special needs trusts and Medicaid spend downs.  Mark has substantial experience in estate planning matters as well, working with clients on wills, trusts, domestic partnerships, and taxable estates.

Practice Areas

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning/Probate
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Legal Ethics

Personal Info

Title: Attorney-of-counsel
Education: J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 1981; B.A., University of Portland, magna cum laude 1978

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct professor to the College of Health and Social Services at Concordia University, 1999-Present
  • Assistant General Counsel to the Oregon State Bar where he prosecuted and appealed attorney discipline cases and wrote legal ethics opinions (1985-1989)
  • Assistant District Attorney in Coos County (1983-1985)
  • Aide to Congressman Ron Wyden (1982-1983)
  • Adjunt instructor and lecturer UO Law School, 2008-present

Professional Activities Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • Oregon Law Institute of Northwestern School of Law, Board of Directors, 1995-present, President, 1999-2001.
  • University of Portland National Alumni Board, 2002-2005, vice-chair, 2004-2005
  • Oregon Gerontological Association, board member, 2001-2004
  • State of Oregon Continuing Care Retirement Communities Advisory Council, member 1998-present.
  • Oregon State Bar Association Membership
  • Elder Law Section, board, 1998-2006, Chair 2005
  • Legal Ethics Committee, 2009-present