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A Team of Dedicated Professionals

Our legal team at The Law Office of Mark W. Watson, P.S. in Tacoma, WA is experienced, professional and ready to work hard to get you what you deserve.

Meet Our Staff

Mark W. Watson

Mark has been a lawyer representing injured people since 1994. His journey to becoming a lawyer started in Oregon where he was born and raised. He attended Southern Oregon University right after high school. After four years of college, he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration.

After graduation, Mark moved to the Puget Sound region. Allstate Insurance Company immediately hired him as a claims adjuster. Mark accelerated rapidly in the personal injury claims profession and underwent extensive training to learn how insurance companies dealt with injured victims. Mark then decided he would rather HELP injured people instead of represent a mega insurance company against injured people. So in 1991, he left Allstate to begin law school.

Mark graduated law school with honors in 1994. While in law school, he earned awards for being the top student in legal writing and trial practice. As one of the top students in law school, he was invited to join the prestigious Law Review, where he eventually was named business editor. Despite the time and devotion needed to be a top law student, Mark also worked as a legal intern for two different law firms while in law school. What he learned in those “real world” law firms nicely supplemented the education he was getting in law school, allowing him to gain experience both practically and academically.

After passing the bar examination, Mark worked for several years as an associate lawyer at a personal injury firm in Tacoma. He later opened his own law firm in 1997, where he spent the next 13 years with an office in the Fife/Milton area. In 2010, Mark purchased a building in a convenient Tacoma location that currently houses the law firm.

In addition to representing injured and wrongfully terminated people since 1994, Mark has an active personal life. He and his wife, Tammy, along with their children, raise and show beef cattle across WA and other parts of the US. They also make hay from their farms in western and eastern WA. Mark and his family also are active in their church, where Mark is a deacon who often teaches various Bible classes.

Mark is familiar with hard work and what it takes to navigate our legal system. He will be happy to answer all of your questions and looks forward to getting to know you while you get to know him and his wonderful staff.


Shannan grew up in Puyallup and received her certificate in legal professions from Pierce College. While pursuing her studies, Shannan worked for two local law firms, gaining experience in assisting with estate planning, family law and criminal matters.

She met her husband while he was stationed at Fort Lewis working as a military police officer. They have been married for 29 years.

Shannan has worked with Mr. Watson since 1998. She handles mandatory arbitration cases and is the firm’s office manager. In addition, Shannan handles all aspects of new client files. Her responsibilities include: opening insurance claims, notifying medical providers and private health insurance and assisting clients with their property damage claims.

Outside of work, Shannan’s interests include spending time with her friends and family, reading and traveling to new and exciting places


Marie grew up in Tacoma and married her high school sweetheart. Together, they spent several years on the east coast while her husband was enlisted in the U.S. Navy. It was during that time that Marie started her legal career, working in the corporate legal department of one of the nation’s largest integrated health systems.

Upon their return to the Puget Sound, Marie enrolled at The University of Washington in Tacoma. During her studies, she worked for a small local law firm where she assisted with commercial and residential real estate matters. She graduated with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, with concentrations in environmental studies and elementary education.

Marie has worked at our firm since 2007, where she specializes in personal injury claims. Marie oversees all aspects of litigation file management and organization, as well as management of client costs and disbursements. She is responsible for drafting pleadings and discovery materials, communicating with clients, attorneys, court administrators, insurance companies and medical providers. She is responsible for retaining and instructing experts, gathering and summarizing evidence for experts’ reviews, assisting with trial preparation and attending trial with Mr. Watson.

Outside of work, Marie’s interests include spending time with her family and traveling.

Let’s discuss your situation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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