Attorney Mark A. Atkinson Portrait

Mark A. Atkinson is one of the most experienced and successful trial attorneys in West Virginia. He has repeatedly been selected as a West Virginia Super Lawyer. This reputation and commitment are what he brings to the table for the law firm Atkinson & Polak. He believes that the firm’s dedication to past clients is what has enabled them to be considered as a leader throughout West Virginia when it comes to cases involving employment law, consumer fraud, and other issues affecting individuals and business owners in WV today. 

In 2009, Mark was one of only four attorneys in West Virginia listed as a Super Lawyer in the category of "Employment Discrimination - Plaintiff." The prestigious Martindale-Hubbell publication has rated him as "AV", its highest ranking. He has also been included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, a distinction given to fewer than 5% of all attorneys.

I have devoted and focused my career solely on litigation and litigation matters.


Over the last 26 years, Mr. Atkinson has handled thousands of cases, for both plaintiffs and defendants, in the following areas: employment, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, personal injury, auto accidents, wrongful death, insurance bad faith, consumer fraud, products liability, mining accidents, on-the-job injuries, vehicle rollover accidents, medical malpractice, business litigatio, mass tort claims, criminal matters, First Amendment claims, anti-trust matters and litigation involving churches.

He is a 1983 graduate of the West Virginia College of Law, where he served on the Law Review. Mark enjoys preparing for trial and this is why 100% of his law practice is devoted to litigation. He’s admitted to the bar in West Virginia, in the U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit. He received his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law and is an instructor and published author in the legal field. He is also a member of the West Virginia State Bar.

Bar Admissions

West Virginia, 1983

U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1983

U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1999


West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia

  • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1983
  • Law Review: West Virginia University Law Review, 1982 - 1983
  • Law Journal: Journal of College and University Law, Managing Editor, 1982 - 1983

West Virginia State College, Institute, West Virginia

  • Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude - 1980

Published Works

"Workers' Compensation and College Athletics: Should Universities Be Responsible for Athletes Who Incur Serious Injuries?", Journal of College and University Law, Vol 10, Fall, 1983


Instructor, Paralegal Studies, University of Charleston, 1983 - 1991

Professional Associations and Memberships

West Virginia State Bar, Member