MARK K. BAILEY
Founding Director and Senior Counsel
Mark Kendall Bailey was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. After graduation with distinction from Louisiana College with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, Mark worked as a licensed Firearm Instructor and Tactical Baton Trainer for law enforcement personnel.
In 2001, Mark received his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law. After graduation, he accepted a position with Oklahoma City law firm Hiltgen & Brewer, and began his legal career in the area of Corporate Litigation. Mark successfully defended major corporate clients, such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot, in numerous trials across Oklahoma.
However, in 2003, he shifted his legal focus to Criminal Defense Litigation and began working for the Oklahoma County Public Defender’s Office, where Mark was responsible for managing, negotiating, and litigating thousands of felony cases, ranging from DUI to Murder in the First Degree. Based on his extremely high success rate, Mark was promoted to Supervising Attorney, where he was responsible for training others in the professional and appropriate representation of clients. After leaving the Public Defender’s Office, Mark continued with criminal defense representation for the Oklahoma firm Atkins and Markoff. In 2010, Mark incorporated his own firm for the continuation of legal work within the private sector.
Mark practices law in state courtrooms across Oklahoma and Texas, as well as in the United States Federal District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma. Mark appreciates the value of a reputable legal education, and has taught college classes on Jury Selection Techniques and Forensic Firearms Evidence. He also teaches Continuing Legal Education courses with the Oklahoma Bar Association, and is one of the legal educators for Self-Defense Act licenses for H & H Shooting Sports. He is also an active member in the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, Armed Citizens Alliance, Inc., and listed in the National Rifle Association Business Alliance.
Mark is currently affiliated with numerous legal associations that further the respect of the legal profession, such as the National and Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Associations, Oklahoma Bar Association, and Texas Bar Association. Mark is also a licensed Certified Mediator, and was honored with the prestigious Burbridge Foundation Award for Excellence in Mediation in 2001.
Mark is currently affiliated with numerous legal associations that further the respect of the legal profession, such as the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, and Texas Bar Association. Mark is also a licensed Certified Mediator, and was honored with the prestigious Burbridge Foundation Award for Excellence in Mediation in 2001.
Apart from his busy law career, Mark is an avid freshwater and saltwater fisherman, and is the proud father of an energetic kindergartener, Bryce.
TIMOTHY J. SYNAR
of Counsel: civil division
Timothy J. Synar was born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. After receiving his B.A. in 2002 from St. Gregory’s University, Tim went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Following graduation in 2005, he was admitted to the Oklahoma State Bar, and is also admitted to practice law in U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association of Justice (OAJ).
Tim began his legal career at the Oklahoma civil firm Brady, Schaulat & Falsetti, where he earned his name on the letterhead while successfully practicing complex civil litigation. While at Brady, Schaulat, Falsetti & Synar, Tim expanded his civil litigation practice to encompass more commercial/business litigation and construction cases, as well as personal injury law.
His civil areas of expertise include general civil litigation, trial and appellate practice in both state and federal courts, catastrophic & personal injury, wrongful death, commercial motor vehicle/trucking litigation, bad faith litigation, products and premises liability, nursing home litigation, business litigation, and commercial and corporate law. Recently, one of Tim’s cases, Young v. Spencer, 2011 OK CIV APP 79, was published as an opinion by the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.
Throughout his career, Tim has represented both large and moderately-sized Oklahoma businesses in litigation, including major real estate developer Gardner Tanenbaum and Edmond-based Heads-Up Companies, Inc. He has also represented Oklahoma police and fire unions, acting as a both a legal advisor for union contracts and representing police officer defendants in grievance disputes.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys the outdoors. He loves hiking and fishing, especially nearby his hometown of Muskogee.