Bertram L. Marks
Chairman & Chief Legal Counsel
Bertram L. Marks Esq., D. Minn. has been a practicing trial lawyer for 26 years. His practice includes products liability, medical malpractice, ecclesiastical, corporate law, civil rights, personal injury and white-collar criminal defense. He holds an undergraduate political science degree from Wayne State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit. Dr. Marks earned a Master and Doctoral degrees in ministry from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. He serves as Chairman of the Litigation Associates Trial Law Firm and Pastor of First Community Baptist Church.
Dr. Marks is a consultant to major organizations and corporations. He provides advice and counsel on economics, social justice, community empowerment and corporate responsibility. He is a senior level consultant to utility companies and senior counsel to the President of the National Progressive Baptist Convention Incorporated. He is the former President of T.H.A.W. Board of Directors of Michigan, former Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner, former General Legal Counsel to the Council of Baptist Pastors and a frequent guest writer for the Detroit Free Press and Michigan Chronicle newspapers. He served as an on-air legal analyst for The Mildred Gaddis Show which aired on WCHB AM and 99.9FM in Detroit.
Dr. Marks is married to Monique Marks, President and CEO of Franklin Wright Settlements Inc., a human service agency in Detroit, Michigan. The couple have three grandchildren and reside in Detroit, Michigan where they raised their two children, Erika and Bertram II.
Dr. Marks has been a practicing trial lawyer for 26 years. His practice includes Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Ecclesiastical Corporate Law, Employment and Civil Rights, White Collar Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Real Estate Development. Throughout his legal career, Dr. Marks has served as lead attorney on trials in the District, Circuit, Appellate, and Federal Court levels. His trial experience includes cases throughout the country including Dallas, Kentucky, New Orleans, and Mississippi. Dr. Marks is the Chairman of the Litigation Associates Trial Law Firm in Detroit, a firm he started in 1995. In addition to his duties at the firm, Dr. Marks served as a Commissioner on The Michigan Civil Rights Commission, an officer of The Heat And Warmth Fund and President of Community Energy Solutions Group. Dr. Marks diligently served as General Legal Counsel for the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity for nearly a decade and served as Special Legal Counsel to the President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Dr. Marks served as second Vice President of the Council of Baptist Pastors.
Community Outreach Consulting
Dr. Marks serves as Lead Consultant to several major organizations and corporations. Dr. Marks provides advice, counsel, and direction on issues related to policy, economics and community empowerment. Dr. Marks has consulted with corporations on a variety of outreach strategies and opportunities. Through their collaboration, the companies he has consulted with have substantially reduced reputational risk and substantially increased customer satisfaction. One company has risen to become third in the industry in customer satisfaction ratings. Dr. Marks and his team of experts provide strategic and planning, policy advice and community programming to enhance corporate image and blue print in the community. Dr. Marks has also successfully led extensive educational and informational campaigns for energy customers. Through his ministry, Dr. Marks frequently provided food, clothing, and support to vulnerable citizens. Dr. Marks provides discounted and pro-bono legal services through the People’s Law Clinic, a subsidiary of his law firm. Services are available for senior citizens, low income families and returning citizens.
Dr. Marks is the Publisher and creator of the Baptist Times Magazine. The magazine highlights issues of concern to the Faith Community. He is currently authoring his first in a series of ministry help guides designed to aid conflict resolution in churches.
Dr. Marks is a featured organizational corporate lecturer and trainer. He travels throughout the country conducting lectures and providing board trainings for churches, non-profits, college, universities, and human service agencies whose impact areas target families and children. During the George W. Bush Presidency, he met with First Lady Laura Bush on policy initiatives which affect families and children. He also delivered a keynote address at an event in which First Lady Laura Bush was a special guest. Dr. Marks is a featured guest columnist for a variety of publications including the Michigan Chronicle. He is the featured Legal Analyst for the Mildred Gaddis Show which airs on Detroit Praise 99.9FM.
Dr. Marks is a seminary trained ordained minister. He currently serves as Pastor of First Community Baptist Church. Dr. Marks spends a considerable amount of time traveling to churches around the country conducting seminars, workshops, trainings, and giving lectures on church structure, governance, and finances. Dr. Marks is especially committed to helping churches avoid or manage conflict. He is also actively involved in Street Ministry.
Ecumenical Theological Seminary, 2005
Doctorate of Ministry
University of Detroit School of Law, 1992
Regents College Business School, 08/1990 - 12/1990
Studied International Law, Economics, Banking and Finance
Wayne State University, 1989
B.S. Political Science
Michigan State University, 1985-1988
James Madison School of Government
COGIC Leadership, 2016
Men of Excellence, Michigan Chronicle 2015
RESULTS Mentoring Difference Maker 2013