Mark E. Minyard

Biography

Mark E. Minyard's reputation, extensive experience, and proven track record in family law has been recognized by Super Lawyers by naming him as a Top 50 Family Law Lawyer in Orange County each year since 2004 and Top 100 in Southern California out of 67,000 lawyers since 2019. He has been listed as one of the best family law lawyers in America by Best Lawyers in America - each year since 2003 and was named Orange County Family Law Lawyer of the Year in 2009 and 2016 by Best Lawyers in America. He has also been listed as a Super Lawyer by the same publication each year since the inception of the list. This is an honor limited to the top five percent of Southern California lawyers. Mark is one of only three family law attorneys in California who are Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers, was ranked in 2019 & 2020 by Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Lawyers and is listed in the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Family Lawyers national publication. In 2009, the Anti-Defamation League awarded Mark the Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence award which is presented for significant contributions to the community and the legal profession. Mark was the only Orange County lawyer appointed by the California Judicial Council to the groundbreaking Elkins Family Law Task Force by the California Judicial Council. Mark is AV Peer Review Rated (the highest rating) by Martindale.com, has been listed in the Preeminent Bar Registry for 25 years and is a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Mark is the Managing Partner of Minyard Morris and limits his practice to Orange County Family Law matters.

Education

  • Loyola University, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • California State University, Fullerton, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: cum laude

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association’s Masters Division (2011 – present) and President 2019
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee (2012 – 2016), Investment Committee (2014 – present), Leadership Development Committee
  • Served on the Executive Committee of the Orange County Bar Association's Family Law Section
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Member of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the State Bar of California

Lectures

  • From Consult to Trial - Demystifying the Preservation, Collection and Presentation of ESI in Family Law: Co-sponsored by the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and Levitt & Quinn Public Law Center
  • Lecturer for State Bar of California Continuing Education of the Bar on the following family law topics: Fundamentals of Family Law; Dividing Property on Dissolution of Marriage; Family Law Litigation and Enforcement of Orders; Family Law Litigation; Dividing Property on Dissolution; Valuing Assets in Dissolution; Spousal and Child Support
  • Panelist - Family Law - Business Law Crossover Issues - J.A.M.S. / Orange County
  • Guest lecturer - UCI School of Law on Family Law Discovery
  • Panelist - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on Life Insurance Issues in Family Law and Valuation of Difficult and Unique Assets

Activities & Accolades

  • Served as a member of the Board of Trustees (2005 to 2019) of Project Youth OCBF where he held the positions of President and Treasurer
  • Board of Directors of the Public Law Center of Orange County (2005 to 2019)
  • Member of the Loyola Marymount University Centennial Society
  • Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association's Charitable Fund

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America - U.S. News & World Report - Orange County Family Law Lawyer of the Year 2009 and 2016
  • Super Lawyers Top 100 Southern California Lawyer (out of 67,000) 2019 and 2020
  • Super Lawyers Top 50 Orange County Lawyers each year since its inception in 2004
  • Listed in Best Lawyer - U.S. News/World Report Orange County – Family Law each year since 2003
  • Stand for Justice Pro Bono Service Award (2016) - Levitt & Quinn
  • Chambers HNW Listing 2019 and 2020
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers (USA) (2020)
  • Voices for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award (2015) - Legal Aid Society of Orange County
  • Samuel W. Barnes Award (2014) - Orange County Bar Foundation’s highest honor presented annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the foundation’s mission to “empower youth to make better decisions and become better citizens.”
  • AV Peer Review Rated (the highest rating) by Martindale.com
  • Listed in the Preeminent Bar Registry for 25 years
  • The only Orange County lawyer appointed by the State of California's Judicial Council to serve on the Elkins Family Law Task Force from (2008-2010)
  • Anti-Defamation League's Marcus M. Kaufman Jurisprudence Award (2009)
  • Distinguished Orange County Alumnus Award from Loyola Law School (2005)
  • Spirit Award The Legal Aid Society of Orange County (2007)
  • Orange County Bar Foundation’s Society of Fellows’ Distinguished Fellow’s Award (first recipient) - (2009)
  • Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Life Fellow of The American Bar Foundation
  • Founding Fellow of the Society of Fellows of the Orange County Bar Foundation

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist in Family Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization