Since beginning practice in 1980, Mark has provided advice to clients concerning all manner of employment issues. He has represented employers in all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, compensation and benefits, discipline and termination. Mark focuses on representing management and highly compensated executives in the negotiation and administration of employment agreements and severance agreements. This work involves issues unique to the special relationship between companies and their management executives. He relies on Dentons' employee benefits lawyers for sophisticated advice on incentive and deferred compensation issues as well as tax matters.
For nearly 30 years, Mark has represented telecommunications companies in transactional and contract negotiation matters, and in all aspects of state and municipal regulation, including obtaining initial certification; tariff approval; applications for Eligible Telecommunications Carrier designation; responses to consumer and regulatory commission complaints; negotiation and arbitration of interconnection, resale and commercial agreements with incumbent local exchange carriers; and negotiation and interpretation of municipal franchise, pole attachment, right-of-way, collocation and building access agreements. He also represents Firm clients in the negotiation and administration of long-term telecommunications agreements with large local exchange, interexchange and wireless carriers.
Mark also practices in the First Amendment field, through his longstanding representation of media companies and individual reporters. His experience extends to First Amendment issues in election matters and campaign finance. He regularly handles matters involving current issues in the field of media law, including advice on First Amendment-related issues such as libel, copyright clearance and news story analysis. Mark has taught First Amendment law at the University of Kansas' journalism school since 2008 and election law and campaign finance at the University of Kansas Law School since 2010.