Mark Vane is an attorney and lobbyist helping clients with high-profile interests before the Texas state government, particularly its legislature and state regulatory agencies. As a member of the Firm’s respected, Austin-based government affairs group, Mark represents clients before Texas legislators and agencies in matters involving taxation, health care, transportation, insurance, financial services, the environment and consumer protection. He drafts legislation aimed at improving the business climate for industry and helps clients comply with state and local laws, rules and regulations.
Clients benefit from Mark’s personal experience in state government. Before joining Gardere, Mark was legislative director for a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He managed numerous bills as they moved through the Texas Legislature, focusing on appropriations, insurance and environmental issues.
His legislative clients include:
- Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Live Nation/Ticketmaster
- Gilead Sciences
- Consumer Electronics Association
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- American Coatings Association
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
- Texas Department of Transportation
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
- Office of the Texas Attorney General
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner
- Texas General Land Office
He is regarded as a dynamic, non-partisan advocate respected for his ability to take on high-stakes issues on behalf of his clients, creating opportunities, changing processes and working toward a more favorable business climate in the State of Texas.
He often represents trade and industry associations on complex regulatory and tax issues. He has, for example, worked extensively on the state's Margin Tax and on property tax matters.