Hi, I'm Mark Skeels
MARK'S EARLY YEARS
Mark Skeels was born in Palm Springs, California, on February 20, 1970. His early years were spent running around the desert and chasing lizards in Twentynine Palms, California. Mark's mother is a retired elementary school teacher and his father was a minister. Mark's parents instilled in him a love of reading and the importance of education. His mother was the first member of her family to ever attend college and both his parents earned post-graduate degrees.
Mark attended Thousand Oaks High School. He began his undergraduate education at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before enrolling at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies (an interdisciplinary major that included English, history, and political science). Mark also took some undergraduate courses at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. He later earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. Mark and his family moved to San Diego in 1997 and currently reside in Rancho San Diego.
WHY MARK IS THE RIGHT CHOICE
For twenty years, Mark Skeels has litigated motions, presented jury trials, and practiced law in the San Diego Superior Court. Mark began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney assigned to the Family Protection Division, prosecuting cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, and crimes against the elderly. Mark quickly distinguished himself as an exceptional trial attorney, building on his academic training from the University of San Diego School of Law. Mark also served in the Superior Court Division, Sex Crimes Division, and branch divisions in Chula Vista and El Cajon. Mark handled several high-profile cases in the Sex Crimes Division and worked closely with his supervisor, Summer Stephan, who now serves as District Attorney.
As the Senior Chief Deputy City Attorney in charge of Criminal Division Operations, Mark now helps supervise a Criminal Division that daily staffs several departments in the San Diego Superior Court and assigns deputies to handle jury trials. Drawing on experience developed while serving as the Chief Deputy for the General Trial Unit, Appellate Unit, and Special Prosecutions Unit, Mark trains and mentors these deputies as they litigate pre-trial motions, trials, and post-conviction appeals.
Numerous judges have endorsed Mark for this position as Superior Court Judge because Mark has the training, career experience, and professional commitment to justice that our society demands.
"Justice For All"
"Justice for all" requires that people who appear in court be treated in a manner that is fair and consistent with the principles of the Constitution that we hold dear. California statutes and case law define and establish what rules must be adhered to in order to ensure that people are treated fairly. An understanding of these state guidelines is required to fairly apply rules of criminal law and procedure.