Professional Experience

MARK A. HOPPER has over 30 years of experience in civil trial practice in State and Federal courts. He also works in arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution and concentrates his work in the areas of complex contract, commercial and other business and real estate matters. Mark also engages in specialized constitutional litigation between public school districts and local units of government as well as enforcement and defense of post-employment claims regarding non competition, trade secrets and confidential information, non solicitation and other business torts, along with business dissolution dispute resolution. Clients and past clients include businesses (large and small), banks, professionals (physicians, lawyers, engineers and architects) and public school districts. Mark is an approved Case Evaluator for the Washtenaw County Circuit Court is a trained mediator and holds a superior Martindale Hubbell peer review rating of AV, where his legal ability has been rated as “very high to pre-eminent” with “very high” ethical standards.

Mark graduated from Michigan State University in 1974 with a B.A. in political science and an area study in Russian history, obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Litigation Section) and the bars of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, Mark is a member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association where he served as president of both the Young Lawyers and Federal Practice Sections.

In addition, Mark has represented tier 1 and tier 2 automotive suppliers in litigation and has had extensive experience working with engineers on technical construction issues.

Having been very active in his community, Mark served on the City Council of the City of Saline, Michigan for six years, then as Mayor for an additional four years. In that service, Mark was actively involved in planning the expansion and development of the City’s industrial, commercial and residential sectors, and served on numerous boards, committees and commissions. He concluded his active service to the community by serving six years as a Trustee on the Board of Education for the Saline Area School District.