Mark Lindquist is the former District Attorney for Pierce County, Washington.
Mark began his legal career in the office of the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney in 1995. He worked his way up through the ranks and became a Trial Team Chief and then Chief Criminal Deputy.
He was appointed as the District Attorney in 2009, elected in 2010, and re-elected in 2014. In his decade as the elected prosecutor, Mark made the community safer. He formed an Elder Abuse Unit that was a leader in the country. He was the first in the state to use data-driven prosecution. He filed a lawsuit against Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid crisis.
He also tried some of the most significant cases in Washington, including the murder and rape of Special Olympian Kimmie Daily, the murder and robbery of cab driver Mohamud Ahmed, the murder of Nancy Gardner, and the Tacoma Mall shooting.
Mark has won many awards, including “The Special Pro Bono Leadership Award” from the Pierce County Tacoma Bar Association, “Boss of the Year” from the National Association of Legal Professionals, and “Outstanding Community Involvement” from Safe Streets. He co-chaired the United Way campaign, is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum, and serves on the boards of the Tacoma Community College Foundation and Tacoma City Club, among other community activities.
A nationally-known author, his bestsellers include “The King of Methlehem,” published by Simon & Schuster, and “Never Mind Nirvana,” published by Random House. He also wrote a series of columns for the Tacoma Pierce County Bar News, “Zen Lawyer,” which will be published as a book later this year.
His articles, reviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, Details Magazine, and many other publications.
Mark lives in the Northwest with his wife Chelsea and their daughter Sloane. He enjoys books, movies, music, and spending time outdoors with his family.