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Mark Decker



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A principal and the founder of the Firm, Mark has a significant construction and mechanics’ lien practice, but also have a thriving general practice. He is experienced in business formation and acquisition, general corporate and dispute work and all phases of real estate, estate planning and probate law. Mark is experienced in most areas of construction, corporate and civil litigation and dispute resolution.

Mark was born and raised in the Columbus Area. He attended what is now Ohio Dominican University, where he majored in political science and graduated cum laude in 1970. Mark received his law degree in 1973 from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he again graduated cum laude. While attending the College of Law, Mark received The Order of the Coif.

As one of the primary drafters of Ohio’s current mechanics’ lien statutes, Mark lectures frequently on mechanics’ lien issues and construction-related topics for bar associations and numerous construction associations and organizations. He has served as the chairman of both the Construction Law Committee of the Columbus Bar Association and the Law Group of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio.

Mark is an active member in numerous construction-related organizations and associations. He belongs to the Builder’s Exchange of Central Ohio, the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio, the Home Builders Association of Ohio and the American Subcontractors Association of Central Ohio, to name a few. He is a past construction panel member of the American Arbitration Association.

Mark is an experienced arbitrator and mediator, especially in construction related matters including commercial construction, public projects, and residential/consumer disputes. He is available to act as a private arbitrator/mediator. Arbitration and mediation charges can be by the day, 1⁄2 day, or a reduced hourly rate fee upon request.

Mark and his wife Linda, who is the Firm’s bookkeeper, live in Pickerington and are active members of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Columbus.

Areas of Practice


Contract Drafting, Editing and Review; Construction Project Dispute Resolution; Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act Claims; Mechanics’ Liens Issues; Arbitration/Arbitrator; Mediation/Mediator; Construction Litigation; Construction Collection

Corporate and General Business Formation, Planning and Representation:

Entity Formation – Corporations/LLCs/Partnerships; Shareholder/Owner management agreements; Succession planning; Transactional representation; Sales, purchases and mergers; Succession planning

Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate:

Wills; Estates; Guardianships and Conservatorship; Adoptions; Name changes; Probate litigation; Minors’ and Wrongful Death Settlements; Estate tax avoidance planning; Planning to avoid Probate; Financial Powers of Attorney; Health Care Directives/Living wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney; Planning for Disabled Family Member; Elder Care Planning; Medicaid Planning

Real Estate; Landlord/Tenant:

Lease Drafting, Editing and Review; Evictions; Acquisition and Sales; Commercial and residential leases; Zoning; Real estate tax appeals

Business, Construction and General Civil Litigation