Education

  • University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 2009-2010
  • Graduate Coursework, International Criminal Justice and Human Rights
  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., Topeka, Kansas 2009
  • Trial Advocacy Competition Team, 2007-2009
  • President, Veteran’s Legal Association of Washburn (VLAW) 2008-2009
  • Intern, Douglas County, Kansas District Attorney’s Office 2008-2009
  • Park University, Parkville, Missouri, 2005-2006
  • Graduate Coursework, Hauptmann School of Public Affairs
  • University of Missouri – Columbia B.A., Columbia, Missouri 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Experience

Mark has significant experience in public law, economic development, government affairs, transportation, public-private partnerships (P3). Prior to joining the law firm, Mark served as General Counsel for the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri (Port KC) for over a decade where he was a key contributor in building Port KC into a highly regarded organization with more than $26 billion in incentivized projects utilizing Chapter 68 bonds. Mark served as attorney of record for Port KC for the formation of the first Kansas City Streetcar Transportation Development District (TDD) along with the Kansas City Streetcar Authority. He advanced the adoption of the Advanced Industrial Manufacturing Zone (AIM Zone) program which will fund critical infrastructure and attract well-paying jobs in Kansas City. Utilizing the AIM Zone, Mark also was instrumental in securing the relocation of the USDA Economic Research Service for Kansas City, Missouri. His work includes the organization, vision, and execution of a large-scale P3 intermodal facility currently underway, a role he continues to support at the firm as outside counsel. Mark is active in legislative affairs including work to update tax and incentive laws that will serve as funding mechanisms for port authorities across Missouri. He also regularly serves on industry panels to share his insight and experience on matters of public law and finance.

Areas of Practice

  • Public Law
  • Economic Development
  • Government
  • Government Affairs

Activities, Memberships and Public Service

  • Clinton County R-III School Board, elected 2017, President 2021-present
  • Missouri Arts Council Board Member, 2022-present
  • Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Missouri Basin Director, 2021-present
  • Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce – Government Affairs Committee Chair 2022-present
  • Starlight Theater – Government Affairs Committee Member – 2020-present
  • WWI Museum and Memorial Night at the Tower Host Committee – 2017-present
  • Lifetime Member, Disabled American Veterans
  • Association of Corporate Counsel – Mid-America Chapter, former Board Member and President
  • Missouri Bar Association Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference Planning Committee Member, 2013 and 2014
  • Army National Guard – 1996 to 2005