MARK J. GLEASON

Mark J. Gleason

Mark Gleason is an attorney in our trust administration and probate practice group. In his practice, Mark works closely with clients regarding estate planning, business succession planning, and the administration of trusts and estates. His practice also includes working with individuals and businesses regarding entity formation, contract negotiations, and real estate transactions.

Born and raised on a ranch, and competing in rodeo through college, Mark’s passion for agriculture steered his undergraduate degree and his initial career in food processing. However, his analytical nature ultimately lead him to a career in law. While he maintained a strong interest in agricultural related issues, he has branched out, and finds it satisfying to help clients in all types of situations. He works with clients on a wide variety of issues, including estate and business succession planning, trust administration after a death, and real estate and corporate transactions. These areas often overlap in ways clients do not expect. He finds the most valuable task is often being able to help clients understand all of the implications of their plan before diving into the details. Mark receives the most satisfaction in taking complex legal matters and boiling them down in a way his client can understand. This applies across the board, with different areas of practice and different types of clients. His role is to provide a lens through which his clients can better understand these complexities. Mark began his career with a large international law firm in Orange County, where his practice involved real estate matters and civil litigation. Prior to joining our firm, Mark also served as a Deputy City Attorney to the City of Fresno, where he focused on municipal finance, contract negotiations, and real estate matters.

In his spare time, he is either helping his family operate the 400 acre cattle ranch they live on, or he’s doing whatever activity his four children are involved in at the moment, from horseback riding, to basketball and lacrosse.

Education

  • J.D., with highest honors, George Washington University Law School
  • B.S., cum laude, Agribusiness, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Order of the Coif

Areas of Practice

Helping Agribusiness Thrive Locally, Nationally and Internationally

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OTHER EXPERIENCE

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate and Land Use

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Member, California Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member, Fresno County Bar Association, Real Property Law Section; Delegate, Conference of Delegates, 1980-1983
  • Board of Directors, Fresno County Legal Services, 1975-1978

ADMISSIONS

  • California