Mark T. Barney


Mark Barney’s more than twenty-five years of experience in transactional law proides Ferguson Case Orr Paterson’s clients expert representation in multimillion dollar business sales, complex commercial leasing issues, financings and refinancings, and commercial real estate sales. Mark, a partner at our firm, focuses on advising clients through each stage of business, including entity formation, contractual relations, sales and acquisitions, and dissolution. In that context, Mark specializes in drafting all types of business related contracts, including employment agreements, commercial leases, and manufacturing and distribution agreements. He works with business entities of all sizes, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, nonprofits, and mutual water companies, and has made presentations to other business lawyers on partnership dissolutions and other matters.

Before joining our firm, Mark practiced transactional law at Vinton, Slivka & Panasci in Denver, Colorado, where he remains admitted to practice law, providing our clients doing business in that state an opportunity for consistent representation. He also previously practiced at England, Whitfield, Schroeder & Tredway in Oxnard. Mark graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1989 and he attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1989.

When not practicing law, Mark serves his community through the extensive commitment to animal welfare evident in his volunteering for the Humane Society of Ojai and Emergency Animal Response (EARS). He also enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Noteworthy Matters

  • Representation of clients in multi-million dollar business sales.
  • Representation of commercial and residential developers.


  • Keynote Speaker: Partnership Dissolutions at Ventura Business Litigation Section Meeting (2009)

Practice Groups

Bar and Professional

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • Ventura County Bar Association, (Business Section)
  • American Bar Association


  • J.D., Santa Clara University, School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, English, 1986


  • Humane Society of Ojai
  • EARS (Emergency Animal Response)
  • Youth Basketball Coaching (Ventura Wildcats)

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