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Mark Vane
Government Affairs
One American Center, Suite 3000
600 Congress Avenue
Austin,  Texas  78701
Phone: 512.542.7077
Fax: 512.542.7277

Area(s) of Expertise

Practice Emphasis

Mark Vane is a partner in Gardere's Austin office where he focuses his practice on assisting clients in creating public policy that positively impacts their interests. He also aids clients in navigating the maze of government bureaucracy in order to assure compliance with state, federal and local laws and regulations.

As part of the Government Affairs Practice Group, Mr. Vane routinely represents clients before the Texas Legislature in the areas of taxation, health care, transportation, insurance, financial services, education and consumer protection. The group was named Texas' top law firm lobbying group by Texas Lawyer in its 2013 Lobbying Scorecard based on number of clients and reported revenue for the group's work during the 83rd Texas legislative session. The group was also named the second most powerful legal lobbying team by Capitol Inside in its 10th Texas Lobby Power Rankings in 2013. In addition to the Firm's overall ranking, Mr. Vane was considered by the web publication to be in the state’s top 30 "Hired Gun" lobbyists.

Mr. Vane has also represented clients before several state agencies, including the Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Texas Attorney General's Office, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, State Energy Conservation Office, Office of the Texas Secretary of State, Texas General Land Office, Texas Education Agency and Teacher Retirement System of Texas. His work at these agencies has included rulemaking and policy development, licensing, contested case hearings and general representation of client interests.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Vane was legislative director for a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He managed the legislative package for the representative, shepherding numerous bills through the Texas Legislature. His work in the Texas State Capitol focused on appropriations, insurance and environmental issues. Before returning to Texas in 1992, Mr. Vane was a reporter in Washington, D.C., covering local government as well as federal courts.

Mr. Vane was raised in Houston and attended public schools. He graduated with honors from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1990. During his senior year, Mr. Vane served as editor-in-chief of the campus student newspaper. In 1992, Mr. Vane returned to Texas to enter the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. His course work focused on Texas state government. In 1995 he received his Master of Public Affairs and enrolled in The University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Vane graduated with his J.D. in 1998.

Clients and Matters

Mr. Vane's clients include:

  • Walmart Stores Inc.
  • Texas Caterpillar Dealer's Legislative Council
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Live Nation / Ticketmaster
  • Rent-A-Center
  • Consumer Electronics Association
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
  • VIA Metropolitan Transit


  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law (1998)
  • M.P.Aff., The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs (1995)
  • B.A., The George Washington University (1990)
    • Member, The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Publications and Speeches


  • Co-Author with Kimberly A. Yelkin, Val Perkins and Marcus Schwartz, Highlights of the 82nd Legislative Session, Tex. Law., July 11, 2011, at 15.
  • Co-Author with Kimberly A. Yelkin and David T. Weber, Lobbying in the State of Texas - Changing the Rules of the Game, 17:9 The Metropolitan Corp. Couns., September 2009.
  • Co-Author, Looking For A Favorable Business Climate? Try Texas, The Metropolitan Corp. Couns.
  • Author, The Legislative Timetable: Procedures and Information Resources.


  • Co Presenter with Ed Burbach and Val Perkins, Address at the Government Law Seminar (Oct. 14, 2014).
  • Co-Presenter with Val Perkins and Kristina W. Silcocks, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Conference: The Future of Open Beaches in Texas - The  Severance Opinion and the 83rd Legislature, Galveston, Texas (Sept. 21, 2012).
  • Co-Presenter with Val Perkins, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP CLE Program: 2011 Legislature Wrap Up, Dallas, Texas (Aug. 2, 2011) (co-authored paper for presentation).

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Travis County Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Venture Capital Association

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Monthly (2014)
    • Government Relations
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.) (2008-2015)
    • Government Relations Practice
  • Recognized, Texas Rising Stars, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Monthly (2005)
    • Political Law
    • Administrative Law
    • Government/Cities/Municipalities

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Anti-Defamation League, Central Texas Region
  • Board Member, Thomas M. Keel Scholarship Fund for Texas Public Finance
  • Former Member, Parks and Recreation Board, City of Austin
  • Former Member, Community Relations Council, Jewish Community Association of Austin


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