Mark E. Minyard was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He graduated from California State University at Fullerton (B.A., with honors, 1973) and Loyola Law School (J.D., 1976). He was admitted to the California Bar in 1976, and became a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in 1981. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2003. He has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers by Orange Coast Magazine each year since 2003. In 2009, he was named Best Lawyers in America - "Orange County Family Lawyer of the Year."