Stapke, Mark R.

Of Counsel


  • University of Oregon (J.D.)
  • U.C. Berkeley (B.A.)



  • The State Bar of California (since 1983)
  • State Bar No.  108676

Stapke, Mark R.

Of Counsel

Mark R. Stapke is Of Counsel at Fortis LLP and is an experienced litigator and trial attorney.

Mr. Stapke has actively practiced in the field of construction law for more than 33 years, representing contractors, specialty subcontractors, commercial and industrial owners, public entities, architects, and corporate officers and directors.

He has resolved hundreds of cases for business owners, developers, contractors, and construction owners, most without trial through alternative dispute resolution techniques. Resolving cases within his clients’ target ranges is what Mark Stapke is good at, after developing detailed budgets and case plans with total client involvement and interaction. For those cases that must be tried, to arbitrators, judges or juries, Mr. Stapke’s record of success is one of the best in Southern California.

Mark Stapke served as a member of the Legal Advisory Committee to the Associated General Contractors of California and has been General Counsel to Western Council of Construction Consumers for 21 years.

Mr. Stapke is a frequent contributor to construction industry publications, including the Western Council Connection and the Construction Law Anthology. He also has conducted specialized construction claims training for the California Department of General Services and the California State University System.

Mr. Staplke has conducted seminars and workshops too numerous to name specifically as there have been literally hundreds, but clients and participants have included the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (“LADWP”), LA Metro, Los Angeles World Airports, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, the State of California Department of General Services (which supervises most construction for the State), California State University, CalTrans, Salt River Project (one of two Arizona public utilities), AT&T, Faithful & Gould, Qaya Ltd., General Electric, Mohawk Carpet Corporation, the San Diego Water Authority, the Judicial Council of California, the Port of Long Beach, the City of Long Beach Department of Public Works, the Metropolitan Water District, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Mr. Stapke has served as an arbitrator, mediator and Judge Pro-Tempore to the Los Angeles Superior Court since 1990. He has regularly lectured to trade groups on legal construction issues among them change order and cost control methods.

Mr. Stapke received his J.D. from University of Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley


  • 2016-2017 (Several seminars)  Critical Keys to Underground Claims: Resolving Delay, Disruption, and Differing Site Condition Claims
  • January 2017 — Speaker, Best Practices in Owners’ Use of Innovative Project Controls, Western Council of Construction Consumers Project  Controls Summit
  • Fall 2016 — Construction Users Roundtable article ; “Legal Brief: Successful Change Order Management and Resolution In the Design-Bid-Build Contracting Environment”
  • January  2016, Pool & Spa News, article “Your Labor Force in Today’s Unsettled World”