International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Mark Powell has joined the Firm’s Tax, Trusts & Estates Group in Southern California as a Partner. 

For over 20 years, Mr. Powell’s law practice has focused exclusively on trusts and estates work with emphasis on charitable planning, estate planning, trust and probate administration and estate and gift taxation. He also serves as a fiduciary focused on trust and probate administration, quality of life management, financial elder abuse prevention and management of closely held business interests.  The California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization has certified him as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law since 2009. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Mr. Powell joins Dorsey from Powell Roberts, Inc., an Orange County, California-based trusts & estates law firm he founded in 2016. Before establishing his own firm, he practiced at several pre-eminent law firms in Orange County, including Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Snell & Wilmer LLP and Albrecht & Barney Law Corporation.

He has an A.B.J. degree from the University of Georgia and a J.D. degree from the Mercer University School of Law.  Mr. Powell clerked for the Georgia Supreme Court after law school. He is a prolific author of journal articles on trusts & estates law and practice and a frequent speaker on those topics at professional programs and conferences. He has taught as an adjunct professor in the Chapman University School of Law LL.M. Program in Taxation and serves on the Advisory Board of the Cortese Elder Law Center at Chapman University School of Law, which provides free legal services to low income seniors throughout Orange County. He is a member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California, the California Society of CPAs, the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange Coast Estate Planning Council.

“We are very happy that Mark has joined Dorsey,” noted Ken Cutler, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney. “He will bring great experience and expertise to Dorsey’s strong multi-office trusts & estates practice and provide us with a great entrée into the California trusts & estates market.”

“Dorsey is a wonderful Firm with outstanding trusts & estates lawyers and a best-in-class trusts & estates administrative and wealth management service in the Dorsey & Whitney Trust Company,” noted Mr. Powell. “I look forward to serving Dorsey’s exceptional client base, to introducing my clients to my new colleagues and to working with an incredibly talented team of professionals.”