Mark's practice is focused on representing and advising private, public, nonprofit and proprietary institutions of higher education on a variety of issues and challenges facing colleges and universities. He has significant experience routinely assisting clients with complex issues relating to Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Title IV, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), athletics, faculty matters, regulatory compliance, employee and student issues, internal investigations, threats on campus and in administrative and agency proceedings, including in front of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Mark’s understanding of the unique needs of colleges and universities extends to risk management strategies, contract drafting and negotiation, drafting and reviewing institutional policies, conducting compliance audits, as well as presenting various higher education trainings. Mark has also represented higher education institutions in arbitrations and in state and federal courts with favorable results. Since joining the firm, Mark has continued to gain valuable experience in the education industry, including serving a client on-site as general counsel for an extended period of time.
Prior to his time at Husch Blackwell, Mark served as senior associate counsel and administrator of student affairs for a multicampus higher education institution. In addition to providing day-to-day counseling and guidance on a number of legal issues and strategic organizational initiatives, he conducted investigations and litigated and arbitrated matters related to education and employment issues. Mark also previously served as the Title IX Coordinator and ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, and managed and oversaw compliance efforts regarding the same.
Mark brings transactional experience to the Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education group. He has advised clients in real estate transactions, including with regard to development incentives and bond financing, and prepared, drafted and reviewed corporate governance documents. His litigation experience also includes representing clients in banking and finance, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, employment, healthcare, higher education, intellectual property, products liability, whistleblower and real estate matters.
Mark is active in the firm’s pro bono practice.