“Mark Fiddler believes in the rights of the child. He is caring and concerned with what a child needs to have a good home. He was very honest with us regarding our contested adoption case involving former foster parents. He was able to explain every step that we went through. Believe me, when I saw Mark is probably one of the few attorneys I know that I don’t think of as a ‘spin doctor.’ Yes, we all know the kind. If we had any questions he was more than willing to answer them. If we were to go through another adoption that would have legal problems, we would definitely have him represent us again.”
Each year, Minnesota Lawyer recognizes the best achievements in the Minnesota legal profession with the Attorneys of the Year awards. I am honored to be selected as one of the Attorneys of the Year for 2013. Read story here:
I am Mark Fiddler, a private practice attorney in Minnesota who specializes in the areas of adoption, foster care, third party custody, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (‘ICWA’). There are several important things you should know about me.
I am considered by my peers as a creative, aggressive, and thoughtful attorney. My clients find me to be a powerful advocate for their adoption, foster care, or third party custody situation. I have been described as a relentless strategic thinker in my process of examining and preparing a client’s case. In my court cases, my approach is to calmly pursue and advocate for my clients’ needs, while aggressively exploring every legal option to resolve a situation in their favor. My goal is to resolve custody or care situations before they wind up in expensive, contested litigation. My focus is always on the outcome that best serves the interests of the child –– not on going to court just to prove the right or wrong of a case.
My 25 years of legal practice tells a story of service as a private practice attorney, the founding director of the Indian Child Welfare Law Center, and work with the State of Minnesota Child Support Enforcement Division. I have significant courtroom experience throughout Minnesota including the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court. I have litigated Indian Child Welfare cases in the United States Supreme Court, and appellate courts in California, Louisiana, Montana, Virginia, and South Carolina.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, I have been admitted to the United States Supreme Court and the Minnesota Supreme Court. I have been admitted in the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and Prairie Island Tribal Courts. I am a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and the National Association of Counsel for Children. I am a fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
I am a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Among the honors I have received was my selection as one of twenty Americans to participate in the Kellogg International Leadership Program, and an award from the Minnesota Justice Foundation for providing legal services to the community. I view these honors with humility and gratitude.
I strongly believe in giving back to the community that has given so much to me and my family. I have served multiple terms as trustee for the Science Museum of Minnesota and Chairperson of the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis. I have served in other volunteer and board positions with the Urban Coalition, American Indian Services, and the University of Minnesota’s Children, Youth & Family Consortium. I am an active member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Minneapolis.
I believe in maintaining a healthy balance between work, family, and personal physical and spirtual health. I am a serious cook, amateur cyclist, triathlete, and "spin" instructor. Everything I do, I do with a passion.
I believe that I have been called to the legal profession as a way of “doing justice.” I know that what I do has a lifetime impact on children and those who love and care for them. At the end of each day, I can tell my own children that I have done something worthwhile. I consider myself to be both fortunate and blessed to practice law.
"He will fight for you and your family as no one else can."
"Mark truly does everything he possibly can for each and every client."