Christopher S. Marks


Mr. Marks focuses his practice on defending high-exposure tort matters, including product liability cases related to asbestos, consumer products, transportation and toxic torts.

Prior to joining Tanenbaum Keale LLP, Mr. Marks was a partner with Sedgwick LLP and the managing partner of the firm’s Seattle, Washington, office and co-chair of the firm’s Environmental and Toxic Tort practice.

Mr. Marks is admitted to practice law in Washington, Oregon and California and is admitted to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington and the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. He is also admitted in the U.S. District Court of Appeals (9th Circuit).

Mr. Marks is a veteran trial attorney with verdicts in product liability and commercial litigation matters. His commercial litigation and trial experience includes general contract and real estate disputes. Mr. Marks serves as national trial counsel for several clients and is an advisor for corporate clients looking to develop nationwide defense strategies for mass tort litigation. He has obtained defense verdicts in state courts and has successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and before several Washington state appellate courts.

  • Mr. Marks is a frequent speaker on trial techniques and toxic tort litigation. His memberships and affiliations include:
  • American Bar Association – Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
  • TIPS Automobile Litigation Committee – former chair
  • TIPS Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee – former chair
  • TIPS Trial Academy – chair; faculty member of the National Judicial Training Facility in Reno, NV
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), American Inns of Court (foundingmember of the William L. Dwyer Chapter)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • Mr. Marks has an “AV Preeminent” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Client and Peer ReviewRating Service, and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer (2010-2017).
  • J.D. (1998) Seattle University School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A. (1992) University of Washington
  • C.E.P. (1993) L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
  • M.Sc. (1994) London School of Economics and Political Science