About Us

Representing Your Best Interests

Our Team

Seattle-based Clausen Law Firm (CLF) was established in 1993 by attorney Mark Clausen. Over the past two decades, the firm has developed extensive expertise in the practice areas of construction, real estate, small business and personal injury law and litigation. CLF attorneys Mark Clausen, Morgan Blackbourn and Steven Malek provide strategic representation to a broad array of clients from private individuals to major companies.

The firm has earned a reputation for taking on tough cases that other attorneys cannot or will not handle. In many instances, we’ve been brought in to rescue a case shortly before it is scheduled for trial or arbitration by parties needing effective legal representation at critical times. We are able to get up to speed quickly and either negotiate a fast settlement, prepare the case for trial or establish a new, more beneficial schedule so that the claim can be resolved fairly.

However, we aren’t just “hired guns.” Clausen Law works with clients on business formation, contract drafting and review, as well as dispute avoidance. We seek long-term relationships with our clients—realizing that trust is built not only by handling lawsuits effectively, but by helping our clients avoid them in the first place. This is why we work hard to preempt conflict and disputes by keeping our legal knowledge current, our skills honed and assuring our clients are on solid legal footing from the outset.

How We Work

We pride ourselves on working transparently and in close communication with our clients. A benefit of working with a small firm like ours is the individual attention and tailored approach we can offer each and every client.

When you work with CLF, you can expect clear communication and prompt response times. We set expectations about how your case will be handled and keep you updated at every turn. Our goal is to provide you with insightful legal advice and expert representation to help safeguard your interests in meeting challenges, solving problems and managing risk.

Our Attorneys

Mark Clausen

Education
Oakland University—Bachelor of Arts, 1980
College of William & Mary—Juris Doctorate, 1984

“I have worked with Mark Clausen for more than 15 years—on construction and personal matters, and most recently my purchase of a business. I have complete faith in his advice and ability to handle complex matters effectively.”—Scott Olson, Development Services Consulting

Mark Clausen

Principal
Office: 206.223.0335
Fax: 206.223.0337
mclausen@clausenlawfirm.com

Practice Areas
Mark Clausen is a leading attorney in construction and real estate law, the result of his successful practice in those areas since the mid-1980s. He has repeatedly been named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine. After working for many years in civil litigation firms, Mark started his own practice, Clausen Law Firm, in 1993. He has handled high-profile, major matters in Washington, Alaska, California, Texas and Michigan. He has been involved in the trial of multimillion dollar cases since the late 1980s, and has negotiated a number of settlements for his clients involving payment of millions of dollars.

Mark has served as a trustee for the board of the Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. He is a past chairman of the WSBA Consumer Protection Committee. He is also a frequent seminar speaker and lecturer, having appeared before the University of Washington Engineering School, the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Trial Lawyers’ Association, Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, as well as other trade associations.

Bar Admissions
Washington State
Federal District Courts of Washington
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Court of Federal Claims

Professional Associations & Memberships
Associated Builders & Contractors
Washington Association for Justice
Commercial Brokers Association
Brain Injury Association of Washington

Personal Interests
Mark is an avid cyclist who races with the Taco Time Northwest cycling team. He is also an experienced backcountry skier and mountain climber. Mark has climbed mountains in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Canada and Peru—and has summited Mt. Rainier five times.

Morgan R. Blackbourn

Education
University of Washington—Bachelor of Arts, 2005
Gonzaga University—Juris Doctorate, 2009

Morgan Blackbourn

Associate
Office: 206.223.0335
Fax: 206.223.0337
mblackbourn@clausenlawfirm.com

Practice Areas
Morgan assists clients in successfully navigating a wide range of construction law, liens and collection, creditor/debtor rights, personal injury and civil litigation by providing them with experienced and effective advocacy and guidance. She represents and advises her clients in a wide variety of civil litigation with heavy emphasis in construction litigation, including whenever alternate dispute resolution is more advantageous. Morgan also provides guidance in matters regarding liens and debt collection, which in many cases includes protecting clients’ interests in the bankruptcy court.

In addition to matters relating to construction and creditor/debtor litigation, Morgan has represented clients in varied industries and market sectors including personal injury, vaccine injury, real property litigation, landlord-tenant issues and more. Morgan also assists clients with drafting will and estate documents.

Professional Associations & Memberships
Washington State Bar Association Construction Law Section, Member
Associated Builders and Contractors, Western Washington Chapter, Member
Bellevue Rotary Club, Member

Personal Interests
Morgan is a Seattle area native and avid Husky football fan. She enjoys staying active with running, swimming, skiing, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Steven M. Malek

Education
Osgoode Hall Law School—LL.B., 1982
Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, 2008

Steven Malek

Of Counsel
Office: 206.223.0335
Fax: 206.223.0337
smalek@clausenlawfirm.com

Practice Areas
After graduating from law school in Toronto in 1982, Steven Malek practiced as a barrister before the Canadian courts in Ontario and Quebec, including appearances as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada. He honed his trial practice and advocacy skills in personal injury and criminal defense cases, as well as in representing physicians in disciplinary matters. Since establishing his practice in Seattle in 1999, Steven has focused his entire attention on personal injury litigation in order to provide individuals who have been injured through the fault of others with exceptional legal representation that never loses sight of the priorities and needs of the individual client.

Steven works aggressively and passionately to obtain full compensation for his injured clients while keeping them informed every step along the way. Each case is developed as fully as possible with the view that it will go to trial. Steven’s attention to detail and thorough preparation only serve to enhance his ability to obtain great results, whether by settlement, arbitration or trial.

Bar Admissions
Washington State
Federal District Courts in Washington

Professional Associations & Memberships
Washington State Trial Lawyers’ Association, Eagle Member

Personal Interests
Steve lives on Mercer Island. He has 4 children, 2 step-children and 2 grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys playing and writing music and participating in outdoor recreational activities.

Support Staff

Lisa Vulin

Education
Lisa has over 25 years work experience under the tutelage of many experienced attorneys in assorted facets of the law.

Lisa Vulin

Paralegal
Office: 206-223-0335 x 227
Fax: 206-223-0337
lisav@clausenlawfirm.com

Practice Responsibilities
Working with CLF attorneys, Lisa prepares and applies legal concepts for clients. She also prepares legal filings and legal service of process; drafts demand letters and correspondence on behalf of clients; schedules motions; and records judgments, liens and and other necessary documents with the Recorder’s Office. She is in charge of setting up corporations and maintaining client corporate notebooks.

Personal Interests
A native New Yorker, Lisa moved to the Northwest in 2004 and loves to travel, hike and explore. She hopes to one day visit some of the many castles in Europe. Married for 14 years, Lisa likes sharing quality time with her husband, two adorable dogs and two independent cats. She enjoys reading and spending her weekends gardening and cooking up new and wonderful cuisine to share with friends and family.

Keaton McKeague

Education
Keaton is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He has worked in the legal industry in several support positions for a number of years. He has developed a strong background in construction defect litigation and in document management in complex, multiparty cases.

Keaton McKeague

Legal Assistant
Office: 206-223-0335 x 138
Fax: 206-223-0337
keatonm@clausenlawfirm.com

Practice Responsibilities
Keaton’s responsibilities at CLF include assisting the attorneys in meeting deadlines and the proper completion of the firm’s filing and service tasks, along with keeping clients informed on the progress of their particular case. Additionally, Keaton assists attorney Steven Malek in obtaining crucial documents necessary for trial and deposition preparation.

Personal Interests
In his free time, Keaton’s interests include fine art, being outside, sketching and listening to various genres of music. He is a Seattle native and enjoys being in, near or on the water.