Walsh & Larrañaga

About Mark

For the last two decades, Mark has focused primarily on criminal defense. Mark has experience representing clients at trial, on direct appeal and in post-conviction proceedings in all types of criminal cases. He has represented clients throughout Washington State as well as in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon.

Mark has substantial trial experience. He has investigated, negotiated and tried all types of cases. Mark provides each client and their case with unwavering dedication, toughness and creativity. Although Mark is well-known for his work on capital murder cases, he has also successfully represented individuals charged with embezzlement, misdemeanors, serious felonies and juvenile matters.

Prior to forming Walsh & Larrañaga, Mark was chosen as the Director of Washington state’s first Death Penalty Assistance Center (DPAC). DPAC provides resources, consultation and training to attorneys working on capital murder cases throughout Washington. Mark has coordinated, participated and presented at national and international seminars. He has lectured on topics ranging from trial investigation, capital jury selection, representing clients with mental health disabilities, psychology and the law, legal ethics, prosecutorial misconduct, and successful trial strategies.

Mark is approved by the Washington State Supreme Court for appointment as lead counsel in death penalty trials, direct appeals, and post-conviction. He is also deemed "learned counsel" under 18 U.S.C §3005 for appointment as lead counsel in capital charges in federal court.

Because of his experience, Mark was asked to be a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Death Penalty Sub-committee, which was tasked to review current practices, procedures and protocols of criminal defense attorneys throughout Washington State. The committee generated a report on Washington’s death penalty that has been extensively referenced and cited.

Mark was also asked to be an expert contributor to an extensive study conducted by Seattle University School of Law and Criminal Justice Department. The study was a scholarly report on the cost of Washington’s death penalty system. The report has been referenced and cited nationally and relied upon by legislatures, judges and politicians.

Cases and Opinions:

Some of his cases include:

Articles and Reports:

Mark has authored the following articles:

Trainings and Seminars

Mark has presented, participated or attended the following criminal defense training seminars:

Associations and Awards: