Mark R. Wada


Farleigh Wada Witt
Bank of America Financial Center
121 SW Morrison Street, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97204

Tel: 503.228.6044


Mark has represented financial institutions his entire legal career, so has experienced the evolution of banking and finance over a long period and through several economic cycles. He is able to anticipate issues, see trends develop, and realize what needs to be done to meet his clients’ business objectives.

Mark represents banks, commercial lenders, private equity funds, equipment lessors, and other financial service providers in commercial loan and lease documentation, real estate financings, workout negotiations, and portfolio acquisitions.

He also has extensive experience handling corporate and commercial law matters with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions. Mark has handled numerous transactions for public and private companies throughout the western United States.

One of his greatest strengths is analyzing transactions and what it will take to effectively close the deal. Mark is thorough and detailed oriented, but does not get lost in the details. He keeps clients informed during the process and educates them through the ups and downs of a transaction so they know what to expect.

Mark is often recognized for his legal work as well as his extensive community service. He believes in giving back and is a pillar in the Portland legal community. Mark is past-president of the Oregon Law Foundation and Campaign for Equal Justice, and 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 and representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

He has also served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Little Known Facts: Named 2012 Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for Portland Metro Area  | Has a degree in marketing and was going to obtain an MBA before deciding on law school  | Grew up on a farm in Eastern Oregon and worked summer jobs on the farm even during law school  | Wears a holiday tie every day to work during the month of December  

Financial service providers face growing challenges on many fronts. New front- and back-office technologies are expanding the range of financial services delivery opportunities and risks.

Increasingly sophisticated businesses and consumers seek new and innovative financial services. Ever-increasing regulation and oversight puts a premium on regulatory compliance.

Our attorneys are on the frontlines every day providing you with legal advice and tools to thrive and meet challenges head-on.

FWW represents national, regional, and community banks, federal and state-chartered credit unions, commercial lenders, leasing companies, private equity funds, and other financial institutions.

We serve these clients in regulatory compliance, commercial loan documentation and workouts, business and operational matters, consumer and commercial collections and foreclosures, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, intellectual property, litigation, employment, and real estate.

In addition, we have attorneys who represent banking professionals and fiduciaries with estate planning, estate and trust administration, and estate and trust litigation.

We are not simply a vendor. Our aim is to be a trusted partner and assist you with legal solutions to achieve your business objectives. ​

A major portion of the firm’s practice is dedicated to assisting financial service providers in meeting the competitive demands of today’s rapidly changing business, lending, and regulatory climate.

FWW is a full-service business law firm recognized for excellence in banking and finance.

Our ability to navigate complex business issues faced by companies today has proven invaluable to our clients.

We have deep roots in this community and take great pride in our role as an indispensable legal resource for our clients. Whatever you need from a legal partner, we can help.

The primary goal of our strategic plan is to help clients achieve their objectives by providing practical and creative legal solutions with the highest level of professionalism.

Our other main goal is to make sound and ethical business decisions for our firm and our clients.