Area(s) of Expertise
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.
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Honors and Awards
November 07, 2003
July 11, 2011