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“He’s got all the bases covered. He knows the legislators. He knows the staff. He knows the politics. He knows the issues. He knows the process.”

Kathy Barber, Senior Governmental Affairs Representative, Caterpillar Inc.

Overview

Mark helps clients develop public policy and tackle high-stakes issues at the Texas State Capitol and state agencies.

A dynamic and nonpartisan advocate, Mark aims to improve the business climate for industry and helps clients develop and comply with state and local laws, rules and regulations. His legislative practice focuses on healthcare, taxation, appropriations, business regulation, the environment and entertainment. Mark has also advised numerous legislative and regulatory clients on matters related to consumer financial products such as extended warranties and automobile financing.

As a principal with Husch Blackwell Strategies, Mark seeks to create opportunities and change processes through legislation. Clients benefit from his personal experience as a former legislative director for a member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he managed numerous bills as they moved through the Texas Legislature.

He also advises clients on rulemaking, policy development, licensing and enforcement actions. Mark has extensive experience representing clients before Texas legislatures and agencies including:

  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Office of the Attorney General of Texas
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
  • Texas Department of Transportation

“He’s got all the bases covered. He knows the legislators. He knows the staff. He knows the politics. He knows the issues. He knows the process.”

Kathy Barber, Senior Governmental Affairs Representative, Caterpillar Inc.


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Recognition

  • Austin Monthly magazine, Top Austin Attorney, Government and Administrative, 2019
  • BL Rankings’ The Best Lawyers in America©, Government Relations Practice, 2008-2020
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Government Relations Practice, 2015-2019
  • Capitol Inside, Top 12 “Hired Guns,” 2017
  • Capitol Inside, Top 30 “Hired Guns,” 2013-2015

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • M.P.A., University of Texas at Austin – Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • B.A., The George Washington University
      • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Texas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Travis County Bar Association
Featured Experience

Political strategy added to regulatory efforts, resolving $2 million payment delay for healthcare client.

Our healthcare client was denied access to approximately $2 million of Medicaid reimbursement payments in Texas following the delayed approval of a change of control. Our initial legal team collaborated with Mark as a government relations advocate at Husch Blackwell Strategies in order to remedy the problem. Mark identified that the delay sat squarely on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and he worked up the chain of command at HHSC to release the nearly $2 million in payments owed our client. Mark ultimately contacted a state senator, in whose district one of the client's facilities was located. Once the HHSC Commissioner was contacted by the senator, HHSC began to release the funds to our client. Alternative solutions, political advocacy and teamwork streamlined results for our healthcare client.


Additional Experience
  • Developed and assisted in passage of 2019 legislation to grant open access in Texas Medicaid program for medically assisted treatments for opioid abuse.
  • Assisted several automobile finance companies in creation and passage of 2019 legislation to allow for sale of excess loss damage waiver to protect consumers from additional fees when returning vehicle at end of lease.
  • Worked to pass 2019 legislation to reconstitute state committee to develop updated policies for care of public school students with diagnosed food allergies, including reviews of new technologies and treatments.
Webinar | July 9, 2019
Review of Legislative Issues Concerning Renewables

Meeting Texas’ Energy Needs as Renewable Energy Evolves and Grows

Webinar | December 17, 2018
New Directions: Renewable Energy in a Transforming Environment Webinar Series

Texas Legislative Preview

News Releases | September 9, 2019
Mark Vane Earns Multiple 2019 Recognitions for Governmental Relations Practice

Based in Husch Blackwell’s Austin office, Vane is a sought-after resource for companies across multiple industries who seek to have a voice on high-stakes issues at the Texas State Capitol and with state agencies.

News Releases | September 3, 2019
Nine Husch Blackwell Lawyers Named to 2019 Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers

Covering more than 70 practice areas, Super Lawyers is a directory of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 6, 2019
Austin Monthly Names 12 From Husch Blackwell as Top Austin Attorneys

The Top Austin Attorney listing was compiled through an online peer-voting process.

Media Mentions | July 24, 2019
TREIA: A Look Back at 2019 Legislative Activities
News Releases | February 4, 2019
Husch Blackwell Strategies Tops 2019 Texas Lobby Power Rankings

Husch Blackwell Strategies, Husch Blackwell’s government affairs affiliate founded in 2018, was named in the top two “Law Firm Lobby Shops” in Capitol Inside’s 2019 Texas Lobby Power Rankings.

Media Mentions | September 7, 2018
Super Lawyers: The Dealmaker

Mark Vane discusses how he got his start lobbying, as well as tips for being a successful lobbyist.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Media Mentions | April 4, 2018
Dallas Business Journal: Law firm expands in Texas with 14 lawyers from Gardere Wynne Sewell (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Media Mentions | April 2, 2018
Texas Lawyer: Husch Blackwell Grabs 14 Lawyers from Gardere On Heels of Foley-Gardere Merger (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Media Mentions | April 2, 2018
Law360: Husch Blackwell Adds 14 From Gardere Wynne In Texas (log-in required)

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

News Releases | April 2, 2018
Husch Blackwell Announces Major Expansion in Texas; Adds 14 Lawyers to Offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston

Husch Blackwell makes a major investment in its Texas offices with enhanced capabilities in banking, insurance, public law and real estate.

Community Leadership
  • Anti-Defamation League, Central Texas Region, Board Member
  • Thomas M. Keel Scholarship Fund for Texas Public Finance, Board Member