Where smart trumps big

Farleigh Wada Witt was formed in 1981 with one purpose and a world of ambition. Our mission then was the same as it is today: To provide timely and effective legal service and guide clients to success in a competitive marketplace. We combine wisdom and creativity to solve client problems and use experience and technology to deliver insightful legal advice, in hours instead of weeks.

Portland Office
Phone: 503.228.6044
Fax: 503.228.1741
Email: mwada@fwwlaw.com

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Cornell Law School (J.D., with honors, 1978); Business Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal
University of Oregon (B.B.A. Marketing, 1975); Beta Gamma Sigma (business honorary society)
Oregon State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Professional Associations
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
  • Selected to Oregon Super Lawyers list 2006-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Risk Management Association
Mark R. Wada

Law Practice

Mark has expertise in representing banks, commercial lenders, private equity funds, equipment lessors and other financial service providers. With over 30 years of experience representing financial institutions, Mark is able to anticipate issues, see trends develop and provide practical solutions to meet his clients' business objectives.

He has been recognized by his peers and selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers list for eleven straight years (2006-2016) for his banking expertise and named as one of The Best Lawyers in America® 2010-2017 in the specialty area of banking law.

Mark has extensive experience in representing commercial lenders and equipment lessors in commercial loan and lease documentation, real estate financings, workout negotiations, portfolio acquisitions, collections and bankruptcy matters. Mark also has broad experience in handling corporate and commercial law matters with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, and has handled numerous mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies throughout the western United States.

Representative Matters

Banking and Financial Institutions –

Representation of Administrative Agent in syndicated senior loans to finance construction of three South Waterfront condominiums, including negotiations on terms of intercreditor agreements with the mezzanine lenders.

Representation of lenders in commercial loans and leases to high tech companies, including intellectual property security agreements and warrant terms.

Representation of numerous commercial lenders and lessors in workouts, collateral liquidations, collection matters and sales of individual loans and portfolios.

Corporate and Commercial Law Matters –

Representation of buyer in over 50 acquisition transactions ranging from $1,000,000 to $50,000,000, and in the establishment of a nationwide dealer program.

Representation of sellers and buyers in merger and acquisition transactions, including the sale of a chemical company to a multi-national public company, sale of a medical clinic, the purchase of a software company and the sale of a medical rehabilitation equipment company.

Representation of corporate clients in connection with formation of entities, buy-sell agreements, employment contracts, purchase orders, technology licenses and other contracts.


2012 Best Lawyers Portland Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year

2007 President's Public Service Award from the Oregon State Bar

2006 Volunteer of the Year Award from United Cerebral Palsy Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington

2002 Professionalism Award from the Multnomah Bar Association

2002 President's Affirmative Action Award from the Oregon State Bar

1988 Stone Soup Award from the Oregon Food Bank

Community Involvement

Mark is a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Business Law and Debtor-Creditor Sections of the Oregon State Bar. In 2010, he was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Legal Committee. 

He is past-president of the Oregon Law Foundation and Campaign for Equal Justice, and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section, the Board of Directors of the Multnomah Bar Association, as well as its treasurer, representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington.


Mark and his wife have two daughters. Mark enjoys golf, travel and going to theater and concerts. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching Pac-12 football and Blazer games.

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