Mark C. Willis

Attorney at Law

Mark Willis

Since the beginning of my legal career, I have dedicated my skills to obtaining justice for injured individuals and families.  My typical client finds his or her life turned upside down as a result of someone else's carelessness, negligence, recklessness, or greed.  Injuries are not always just a physical component. Often they create financial and emotional stress as well.

I have successfully represented clients against insurance companies, banks, mortgage companies, real estate companies, trucking companies, Fortune 500 companies and local businesses as well as other individuals.  I have been on the cutting edge of obtaining insurance coverage for clients where insurance companies have claimed no coverage existed.  I have had success in making insurance companies pay more than they claim they have in coverage.  I have had success against these interests at the Common Pleas, Appellate, and Supreme Court levels.  Obtaining justice for clients against the insurance industry and other big business interests has always been rewarding.  With over 27 years experience in litigating cases, I have the experience and the resources to obtain justice for my clients. 

I graduated from high school in rural West Virginia and went on to college in West Virginia.  I moved to Akron, Ohio in 1983 to attend law school.  I began working at age 13 and by the age 17, I was working full-time.  I worked full-time the remainder of high school and all the way through college and law school.  I have always had a strong work ethic and I work hard for my clients.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1987
  • West Virginia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Education

  • University of Akron - Medina Career Center, Medina, Ohio
    • Fire Fighter, Level 2 Certification - April, 2012
    • Fire Fighter, Level 1 Certification - April, 2009
  • Summa Hospital Systems, Akron, Ohio
    • Emergency Medical Technician, Basic Level - April, 2008
  • University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio
    • J.D. - May, 1987
  • Concord College, Athens, WV
    • Bachelors of Science - May 1983
  • Princeton High School, Princeton, West Virginia - June, 1979

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor, Ohio Association for Justice Trial Practice Series, 2007
  • Instructor and Moderator, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Conventions, 1999, 2000, 2015
  • Instructor, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Evidence/ Discovery Seminar, 1999
  • Instructor, Akron Bar Association Personal Injury Series, 1998
  • Instructor and Moderator, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Conventions, 1997
  • Moderator, Summit Country Trial Lawyers Association Trial Practice Series, 1997, 1998, 2013
  • Instructor, Akron Bar Association Consumer Law Series, 1997
  • Instructor, Mahoning Trumbull Country Trial Lawyers Association Annual Trial Practice Seminar, 1994
  • Instructor, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Insurance Law Seminar Series, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Ohio Association for Justice (formerly Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers)
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Summit County Association for Justice (formerly Summit County Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice, Task Force Representative Dover, Delaware, 1992
  • American Association for Justice, Task Force Representative Newark, New Jersey, 1991
  • American Association for Justice, City Task Force Drive and Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Chair, 1999
  • American Association for Justice, City Task Force Drive and Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Chair, 1996
  • American Association for Justice, City Task Force Drive and Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Chair, 1995
  • Summit County Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1999 - 2000
  • Summit County Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 1998 - 1999
  • Summit County Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary, 1997 - 1998
  • Summit County Trial Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 1996 - 1997
  • Summit County Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Trustees, 1996 - Present
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Consumer Law Section, Chair, 1998 - 2001
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Trustees, 1997 - 2001
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Environmental Law Section, Chair, 1997
  • The Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Association for Justice, Amicus Curiae Representative, 1995
  • The Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Association for Justice, Amicus Curiae Representative, 1998
  • The Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Association for Justice, Amicus Curiae Representative, 2007
  • Summit County Association for Justice, Amicus Curiae Representative, 2014
  • Richfield Firemen's Association, 2017
  • Summit County Fire Fighters Association, 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Consultant to the Board - Bonyo's Kenya Mission, 2010 - Present
  • Board Member Pastoral Counseling Services, 2010 - Present
  • Committee Member, Akron Chapter, Ducks Unlimited, 1993 - Present
  • Executive Chairman, Akron Chapter, Ducks Unlimited, 1996 - 1998
  • Property Committee Chairman, Bethel Lutheran Church, 2008 - 2009
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, Property Committee, 2006 - 2009
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, Budget Committee, 2006
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, Budget Committee, 2005
  • Council President, Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2003
  • Council President, Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2001 - 2003
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, Long Range Planning Committee, 2013
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, Debt Reduction Committee, 2014

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Fraud
  • Insurance Company Bad Faith
  • Tort
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Consumer Rights

Contact Info

Location: Akron, Ohio
Phone: 330-535-2000
Fax: 330-434-5248
Email: Mark@willislegal.com

Willis & Willis Co., L.P.A.
670 West Market Street
Akron, OH 44303

Local: 330-535-2000

Fax: 330-434-5248

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