Regarded as a dynamic, non-partisan advocate respected for his ability to take on high-stakes issues on behalf of his clients, Mark creates opportunities, changes processes and works toward a more favorable business climate for Husch Blackwell Strategies in the State of Texas. Listed in the Top 12 “Hired Guns” (a listing of the top lobbyists in Texas) by Capitol Inside in 2017, Mark is also recognized for his Governmental Relations work by Texas Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.
He has extensive experience representing clients before Texas legislators and agencies in matters involving health care, taxation, transportation, insurance, financial services, the environment and consumer protection. Drafting legislation aimed at improving the business climate for industry and helping clients comply with state and local laws, rules and regulations are examples of how Mark moves the needle for his clients when representing them in front of such agencies.
Mark often represents trade and industry associations on complex regulatory and tax issues, helping clients with high-profile interests before governments, particularly the Texas legislature and state regulatory agencies. Recently, Mark led a legislative effort to correct a position in a Texas tax audit that would have reversed decades of state law regarding the imposition of motor vehicle tax on the purchase of buses by companies that provide transportation services for school districts. Working with the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, education trade associations and legislators representing impacted school districts across the state, Mark was successful in crafting and directing legislation that maintained the previous tax position and saved millions of dollars for school districts across the state.
Previously, Mark served as legislative director for a member of the Texas House of Representatives where he managed numerous bills as they moved through the Texas Legislature, focusing on appropriations, insurance and environmental issues. Mark also regularly works on rulemaking, policy development, licensing and enforcement actions. His Texas state agency experience includes matters before the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Office of the Texas Attorney General, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and Texas Department of Transportation, among others.
Mark is a 1998 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, a 1995 graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a 1990 graduate of the George Washington University.