Mr. Van Buskirk received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from Arizona State University in 1984 focusing on technical and theoretical knowledge in the disciple of finance, including accounting, economics, math, finance, statistical analysis, financial markets and institutions, security and portfolio analysis and portfolio management. Mark was employed as a securities broker with Kidder, Peabody & Co. from 1984 through 1986. Kidder, Peabody & Co. was founded in 1865 and was an investment bank, active in the sales, marketing and trading of treasury bonds, municipal bonds, corporate bonds, stocks, mutual funds, limited partnership interests and financial futures.
After employment as a stockbroker with Kidder, Peabody & Company, Mr. Van Buskirk became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant, auditing and reviewing the financial statements of various companies in a broad range of industries including financial institutions, home builders, property management firms, manufacturing firms, retailers, non-profits and state-wide government retirement systems.
While working full-time as a CPA, Mark began his legal education at Michigan State University College of Law receiving the following honors: Class Ranking: 1st out of 120 students; Dean’s List; The Rodney Martin Lockwood Memorial Award; and The Distinguished Alumni & Memorial Scholarship Award. Mark completed his legal education at Southwestern Law School (Los Angeles), receiving his Juris Doctorate in May 1997, graduating cum laude and with honors. Mark became licensed as an attorney in California in December 1997.
Mark began his legal career with a Southern California law firm that specialized in business and class action litigation. He later became an equity partner in that firm. Over the 17 years he was with the firm, Mark was responsible for a wide range of cases, from the operative pleadings, through trial and appeal, including the following reported cases: Aryeh v. Canon Business Solutions, Inc. (2013) 55 Cal.4th 1185, 151 Cal.Rptr.3d 827; Hughes Electronics Corp. v. Citibank Del. (2004) 120 Cal.App.4th 251, 15 Cal.Rptr.3d 244 and Cziraki v. Thunder Cats, Inc. (2003) 111 Cal.App.4th 552, 3 Cal.Rptr.3d 419.
Mr. Van Buskirk’s California Certified Public Accountant license number is 71728 and has been active and current the entire time since it was issued on July 19, 1996. Mr. Van Buskirk has been continuously licensed as a CPA, in one jurisdiction or another, since June 30, 1992. In connection with maintaining his license as a California CPA, Mark is required to complete 80 hours of continuing education every two years.