Our Firm's History

Chatow Law is built on a foundation of Mark’s 20 years of business experience as a founder, executive, and CEO of companies across a range of industries including real estate development, technology, wellness, and consumer products.

1990 – USC Law
Mark began his studies at USC’s Gould School of Law in 1990, and earned his J.D. from USC Law in 1993.

1993 – Consumer Products
Between his first and second years of law school, Mark became a founding partner of Roundhouse Products. After graduating from USC, Mark began to work full-time at Roundhouse as VP Sales & Marketing, and helped grow the company from its initial three partners to more than 200 employees, $60,000,000 in revenue, and #25 on the Inc. 500. In addition to opening Walmart, Best Buy, and an international distribution network, Mark had a variety of legal responsibilities, from drafting the company’s first partnership agreement and IP filings to the due diligence and agreements around Roundhouse’s acquisition by Targus Group in 2000.

2002 – Wellness
In 2002, after the successful sale of Roundhouse to Targus, Mark acquired a business in the consumer wellness industry, and was CEO from 2002 through 2006. Mark handled a wide range of legal issues at MTC: from corporate entity and tax matters, to successfully resolving an internet defamation case with one of the world’s largest consumer review websites, to the negotiation of the sale of the company in 2011.

2006 – Real Estate Development
Mark joined Gemstone Development in 2006 where he gained experience in both commercial and residential construction and development. He helped take Gemstone to $100,000,000 in annual revenue and #5 on the Inc. 500 list. Mark addressed legal issues at Gemstone from reviewing purchase agreements to resolving buyer construction disputes.

2009 – Technology
In 2009, Mark became the first executive hire at CloudCrowd (later Servio), a San Francisco crowdsourcing company funded by Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson with accounts including Staples, Orbitz, eBay, and CocaCola. Mark worked on legal matters from trademark registrations to terms of service, and agreements that governed the company’s relationships with more than 200,000 workers around the world. Mark later moved to Sourcebits where he was head of global marketing. At Sourcebits Mark addressed legal issues including negotiating the company’s release from unfavorable long-term marketing agreements and resolving a case of online business disparagement–both without requiring costly legal action.

Chatow Law
After his time at Servio and Sourcebits, Mark realized that there was a gap in the market for a business law practice run by someone with significant business experience on the client side. He started Chatow Law with the goal of bringing business sense to business law, and to offer the style of counsel he always wanted when he was starting, growing, and selling businesses.