I am Mark Fiddler, a private practice attorney in Minnesota who specializes in the areas of adoption, foster care, third party custody, and the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”).
How I Got Here
I have been a life-long advocate for children’s rights as a private practice attorney, the founding director of the Indian Child Welfare Law Center, and attorney for guardians ad litem. I have significant courtroom experience throughout Minnesota including the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court. I have litigated Indian Child Welfare cases in the United States Supreme Court, and in numerous state and federal courts around the United States.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, I have been admitted to the United States Supreme Court. and the Minnesota Supreme Court. I have also been admitted in several tribal courts. I am a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association, and a fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, where I am currently a Trustee and Chair of the “ICWA” Committee.
I am a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. I am one of twenty Americans awarded a Kellogg International Leadership Program Fellowship, and an award from the Minnesota Justice Foundation for providing legal services to the community. I am a 2013 Minnesota “Attorney of the Year.”
What I Believe
I strongly believe in giving back to the community and clients that have given so much to me and my family. I have served multiple terms as trustee for the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Chairperson of the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis. I have served in other volunteer and board positions with the Urban Coalition, American Indian Services, and the University of Minnesota’s Children, Youth & Family Consortium. I am an active member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, where I am a Lay Eucharistic Minister. I believe in maintaining a healthy balance between work, family, and personal physical and spiritual health. I am a serious cook, amateur cyclist, triathlete, and “spin” instructor. Everything I do, I do with a passion.
I believe that I have been called to the legal profession as a way of “doing justice.” I know that what I do has a lifetime impact on children and those who love and care for them. At the end of each day, I can tell my own children that I have done something worthwhile. I consider myself to be both fortunate and blessed to practice law.