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Mark D. Tokunaga

Mark Tokunaga has defended corporate clients and individuals in California and Nevada. He has specialized in the representation of ski areas as well as other entities in the sports and recreation industry. Some of Mark’s ski industry clients have included Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Homewood Mountain Resort, Donner Ski Ranch, Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose, Mountain High, Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort and Salomon North America. Mark is a member of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys and is a regular speaker before the California Ski Industry Association and other ski industry groups.

Mark’s expertise in issues related to defending recreation cases, such as assumption of the risk and releases of liability, allows him to efficiently and expeditiously dispose of many cases in the early stages of litigation. He has also handled trials and appeals and helped shape the law of assumption of the risk and releases in California.

In addition to sports and recreation cases, Mark has extensive experience in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters in both California and Nevada involving product liability, automobile and truck accidents, premises liability and propane explosions. His practice also includes construction defect litigation. Mark has also participated as a judge pro tem and as a neutral in alternative resolution programs in various counties.

Mark graduated from UCLA in 1980 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and received his law degree from Santa Clara University in 1986.


  • State Bar of California; 1987
  • State Bar of Nevada; 1990
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California; 1987
  • United States District Court, Central District of California; 1987


  • Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
  • Washoe County Bar Association