Prior to co-founding the firm of Gaw | Poe LLP, Mark Poe was Of Counsel in the litigation department of the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP. He is an experienced litigator with a broad range of experience from class action defense to patent litigation. He has represented clients in a wide range of other areas as well, from trademark infringement, to commercial loan foreclosures, to conducting internal investigations, to plaintiff-side environmental litigation. Mr. Poe has also maintained an active pro bono practice, from defending impecunious residential tenants, to representation of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in contractual matters.
Mr. Poe joined Morrison & Foerster upon graduation from Stanford Law School, where he was an Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review and graduated with distinction. After a period with the firm, Mr. Poe accepted a clerkship with the Honorable Richard R. Clifton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon finishing his clerkship, Mr. Poe spent two years with the nation’s leading environmental law firm, Earthjustice, in its Bozeman, Montana office. Following that stint, Mr. Poe rejoined Morrison & Foerster for seven years, as an associate, and later as of counsel, in the firm’s litigation department.
Mr. Poe earned his undergraduate degree from Utah State University, graduating as the Scholar of the Year. Upon graduation, Mr. Poe was a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, which he spent studying in the Faculty of Law at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. Having spent two years as an exchange student in Japan, Mr. Poe is proficient in Japanese.
Stanford Law School, J.D., 2002, with distinction
Executive Editor, Stanford Law Review
Utah State University, B.S., Environmental Studies
1998 Scholar of the Year (of ~4,000 graduates)
College of Natural Resources Valedictorian
Fulbright Scholar (Japan)
Admitted, California; US District Court, Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California; US Courts of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Business Trial Lawyers Association
Member, San Francisco Bar Association