A native of Charleston, John-Mark Atkinson joined Atkinson & Polak, PLLC as an associate in 2012.  He practices primarily in the area of employment discrimination, where he represents individuals who have faced wrongful termination, sexual harassment, or retaliation in the workplace, as well as individuals who have suffered serious workplace injuries.

John-Mark enjoys all aspects of litigation and aggressively represents his clients in both state and federal courts throughout West Virginia.  He has wide experience in motions practice and in both taking and defending depositions.  John-Mark’s trial experience includes obtaining an acquittal by jury in a criminal defense matter.  John-Mark also assists the firm in drafting appellate briefs and has participated in oral argument before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.


I take great pride in defending the civil liberties and rights of my clients.


John-Mark graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Business Administration.  John-Mark is a 2012 graduate of West Virginia University College of Law where he graduated Order of the Coif, a distinction reserved for students who graduate in the top ten percent of their class.  During law school, John-Mark served as a Senior Editor of Vol. 114 of the West Virginia Law Review and was a member of the West Virginia University College of Law Clinical Law Program, where he provided legal services to indigent West Virginians.  John-Mark also was a recipient of the CALI award for Contracts (recognition for achieving the highest grade in a particular subject) at West Virginia University College of Law.

John-Mark is dedicated to community service in both the professional and personal spheres.  He has handled a number of foster parent adoptions pro bono and actively serves as a mentor and volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia.  

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 2014

Education

West Virginia University College of Law (2012), J.D.

  • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Honors: Clinical Law Program
  • Law Review: West Virginia University Law Review

Brigham Young University (2009), B.A., English