J. Mark Catron - Of Counsel
While his professional accomplishments comprise a lengthy list, HDBOB partner J. Mark Catron treasures most the relationships of trust and understanding forged over 30 years with a broad range of clients and attorneys. During that time, he has developed a reputation as one of the Twin Cities premier trial lawyers. Mark now focuses his practice on mediation, arbitration and neutral evaluation of insurance coverage, personal injury, commercial and construction issues and claims. He also handles selected personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
Mark joined HDBOB in 1976, and he believes that the firm is following in the tradition of its two most recent principals, Gene Bradt and Wayne Dordell. They set the tone for us as being a congenial group that values hard work and diligence, and that has a strong client focus, he says. He received his B.A. from Lawrence University, M.A. from Columbia University, and J.D., cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law, where he served as editor of the Law Review (1974-75) and adjunct professor of legal writing (1983-85). He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the U.S. District Court-District of Minnesota. He is a member of the Ramsey County and Minnesota State Bar Associations, and is an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mark is a perennial nominee as a Top 100 Super Lawyer, and Top 40 ADR Lawyer.
When hes not advocating the interests of clients, arbitrating, or mediating, Mark might be hiking a wilderness trail, fishing a trout stream, or chasing a white ball across a nicely manicured lawn. We need our avocations to maintain balance and perspective, he says.
Perhaps it is partly due to his distinguished ancestry that Mark maintains his passion for and pride in the legal profession. Marks direct ancestor was John Catron, from Wythe County, Virginia, who served under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. President Jackson appointed John Catron to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1837 and Catron served on the bench until his death in 1865. He was a noted duelist who, while on the bench, did his utmost to outlaw the practice. He also opposed secession, a view that earned him virtual banishment from his adopted home state of Tennessee.