Mark E. Tomlinson

Mark is a versatile attorney with experience in a broad range of practice areas, particularly water law and eminent domain. For example, Mark co-managed the basin-wide adjudication of the Cummings groundwater basin and ensured service of process on several hundred landowners without opposition. Mark’s experience in water issues also extends to groundwater adjudications in the Antelope Valley and the Las Posas Valley. Concerning eminent domain, Mark has produced pleadings and discovery in several condemnation actions, including one that ultimately led to $1.45 million in compensation for the landowners in settlement, when the State had offered $141,000 pre-condemnation.

A Washington native whose family relocated to Bakersfield to buy a music store, Mark graduated magna cum laude from Biola University with a Bachelor of Music in 2011 and received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law (now called Caruso School of Law) in 2014. In law school, Mark placed as a semi-finalist in the First-Year Moot Court Competition. He later served as literary citation editor and published a case note for Pepperdine’s Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law.

Before his admission to the State Bar of California in 2015, Mark worked as a law clerk for the London office of ACI Worldwide. There, he drafted and revised payment systems contracts with large multinational companies, including Apple Inc., Deutsche Bank, and Barclays. Mark also worked at the Los Angeles office of Gaumont International Television, where he reviewed contractual agreements for actors, directors, and other production personnel, and managed production binders for various series.

Mark began his professional career at the Law Offices of Michael R. Kilpatrick, where he represented clients in family law, civil law, and criminal law matters. Mark served as treasurer of the Family Law Section of the Kern County Bar Association in 2016 and participates in various events as part of the Kern County Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Section of the KCBA. Mark is also a board member of the Salvation Army in Bakersfield and a frequent volunteer at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where he performs music (piano, trumpet, and guitar) and reads from the lectionary.