Mark Fiddler, Attorney

Mark Fiddler, Attorney

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About Me

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 am fortunate and blessed to practice law.

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.

I am a proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. I was one of twenty Americans awarded a Kellogg International Leadership Fellowship. I am a 2013 Minnesota “Attorney of the Year.”

Beyond all the “official” stuff, I love to cycle (I teach “spin” classes!), I am a serious chef, and I am an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. My wife, Betsy, is a famous doctor who keeps me in line, as do my two Labrador Retrievers!

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Mark literally has “written the book” on Indian Child Welfare Act and adoptions, as he co-authored this book published by the prestigious American Bar Association.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • J.D., 1988

Bar Admission

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 1988

Professional Associations

  • ICWA Committee, Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Chair


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