Mark grew up in Virginia, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1972. After earning his wings as a naval aviator in 1973 Mark commanded Navy long range aircraft that served as a communication links between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and our nation’s nuclear submarines. Upon honorable discharge from active duty in 1978, Mark remained in the naval reserve and returned to Minnesota where he began a 31 year career as an airline pilot—retiring from Delta Airlines in 2010 as a Senior Captain on the Airbus A-330 flying routes to-and-from Europe and Asia.
Concurrent with his airline career, Mark attended William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota where he graduated with academic honors in 1986. Following admittance to the State Bar of Minnesota the year of his graduation Mark, his wife Suzanne, and their two children Mike and Katie, moved to Brownsville, Texas where Mark practiced law with his father, Paul O’Leary. Mark was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1987. In 1991, the O’Leary’s made their move to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where Mark opened his solo practice and continued his law practice in out-state Minnesota. Mark was admitted to the State Bar of South Dakota in 1994.
Mark is a current member of the South Dakota, Minnesota, and Texas state bar associations. He is also admitted to practice in several Federal Courts, including those in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Texas.
The firm officially doubled in size when Mike joined his father as an Associate Attorney in 2020. Mike grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and graduated from O’Gorman High School. Mike earned a B.A. in History from Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, now a part of Western Michigan University. Mike and his wife have four children.
In addition to practicing law, Mike works as a Captain and instructor for Endeavor Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.
A member of the American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute, Mike is licensed to practice law through the State Bar of South Dakota and the South Dakota Federal District Court.