Minami Tamaki LLP today announced that Partner B. Mark Fong will transition to a Senior Counsel position, effective January 1, 2024.
Mark has led Minami Tamaki LLP’s personal injury practice since 2019 after Dale Minami transitioned to a Senior Counsel position. He became a Partner in 2014 after joining the firm in 2006.
As the Partner in charge of the firm’s personal injury practice, Mark has worked together with attorneys Seema Bhatt and Ember J. Oparowski to continue the practice’s success in fighting for the rights of people who are injured or suffered the loss of loved ones due to the carelessness of others.
“Mark played a critical role as a bridge between the new generation of firm leadership and the founding Partners,” said Dale Minami. “When Don Tamaki, Minette Kwok, Jack Lee, Brad Yamauchi, and I planned our transitions, we depended on Mark to provide the firm with the institutional knowledge critical to serving our clients and continuing our tradition of community service.”
Dale continued: “Mark became a dynamic and effective leader of our Personal Injury Practice Group, who expanded the capacity of our group far beyond my tenure and achieved great victories for our clients. We were lucky to have him join our firm years ago!”
After January 1, 2024, Mark will continue to provide his expertise on personal injury cases alongside Senior Counsel Dale Minami, Senior Associate Seema Bhatt, and Associate Ember J. Oparowski, with Managing Partner Sean Tamura-Sato as the practice head of litigation. In addition to his trial work, Mark will continue to help guide Minami Tamaki’s involvement in the community, work on business development, and advise other attorneys on cases.
Recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the Bay Area, Mark was a finalist for “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association in 2019 and made the Northern California Super Lawyer list for 12 years as well as the Top 100 list in 2015 and 2016.
The Personal Injury practice group received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 through 2022 Editions of U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” under the category of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs for the San Francisco metro area.
Mark’s cases were recognized by Top Verdict’s Top 50 and Top 100 Settlements in California in 2016, and by Leaders in the Law in its “Northern California’s Leading Lawyers” 2017 publication.
Mark is a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), one of the most prominent organizations of trial attorneys in the country, whose members are selected by invitation only upon demonstration of significant jury trial experience. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mark has been rated “AV Preeminent” by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for the past three decades, signifying the highest level of legal ability and professional standards of ethics.
Mark is a third-generation San Franciscan with roots in Chinatown and has spent much of his life giving back to the community he grew up in. For more than a decade he has served on the board or committees of Chinatown Community Development Center, and for six years on the board at Donaldina Cameron House. He also served on the board of Town School for Boys, of which he is an alumnus.
Mark received his B.A. in Political Science with high honors in 1978 from the University of California Berkeley, and his J.D. from UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings ) in 1981. Mark was admitted to the California Bar in 1981 and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.