Mark has over twenty-five years of experience in municipal finance, taxation and project finance law, with particular knowledge in a wide variety of public financings, the majority of which have been for Florida issuers, including Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Hillsborough Counties, the South Florida Water Management District, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Lakeland, Lake Worth, Punta Gorda, Coral Springs and the Town of Palm Beach, Florida. Mark has participated in transactions involving the use of interest rate swaps, options, various forms of credit enhancement, commercial paper programs, forward contracts, and other derivative products. Mark's experience as bond counsel also includes Shelby County (Memphis), Tennessee, Craven County, North Carolina, the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation, the City of St. Louis, Missouri and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Mark has served as counsel to banks, underwriters, governmental entities and mutual funds. Mark served as underwriters' counsel for the first internet offering (on a negotiated sale basis) of the State of Tennessee, and has provided advice to the Comptroller of the State of Tennessee in connection with the promulgation of the State's Guidelines for Interest Rate and Forward Purchase Agreements. Mark has worked on financings for Miami International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Lambert-St. Louis International and Palm Beach International Airports.
•Mark served as Bond Counsel for $546, 120, 000 South Florida Water Management District Certificates of Participation, Series 2006, which was the largest certificate of participation transaction in Florida history; the first COP deal issued to finance environmental restoration and the recipient of The Bond Buyer's national Deal of the Year Award.
•He was a member of the team that successfully caused the Florida Supreme Court to reverse its initial ruling on rehearing in Strand v. Escambia County.
•Mark was a speaker at the Florida Bar's 32nd Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar regarding the Strand case.
•He served as Disclosure Counsel for the $776 million Miami-Dade County, Florida Aviation Revenue Bonds, Series 2012A & B (Miami International Airport) (Hub of the Americas) and $621 million Broward County, Florida Airport System Revenue Bonds, Series 2012Q1 & Q2 (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport).
•Mark obtained a favorable private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service that permitted a major University to retroactively change its project financing accounting method with favorable results.
•He has successfully represented clients before the IRS on audit review.
•Mark advises clients in connection with complying with the Dodd-Frank Protocols being implemented by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc.
Before Edwards Wildman
Upon graduation from college, Mark was an intern in the Corporate Audit Unit for Phillip Morris Corporation. Additionally, Mark worked in the Exploration and Production Unit of Mobil Corporation.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Mark is a member of the United Way. (Also at Miami Office)