Over the course of nearly 40 years of practice, Mark has represented and counseled businesses ranging from entrepreneurial start-up companies to more established clients in the manufacturing, museum, service, tourism, and nonprofit sectors. He has worked with and represented banks and venture capital providers and companies being financed. He has assisted clients with their strategic planning, as well as change management and urgent problem-solving for organizations in crisis.
Mark has a concentration in:
- Corporate and business law, including organizational and structural issues, capitalization, acquisitions and sales of businesses, contracts and succession planning;
- Business financing and venture capital, including representation of lenders, borrowers, start-up companies and providers of venture capital at angel-round and Series A levels;
- Nonprofit law, including assistance in strategic planning, financing, governance and dissolution;
- Museum law, including the complex legal issues relating to deaccessioning and the use of proceeds; and
- Charitable planning.
Mark has authored numerous articles and essays on issues of deaccessioning and nonprofit and museum governance, including “Death by Ethics” in the November/December 2005 issue of Museum News, “Nothing Ethical About It” in the September/October 2009 issue of Museum, “Parent Trap” in the November/December 2012 issue of Museum, and “What Happens When a Museum Closes” in the May/June 2013 issue of Museum. He co-authored the chapter entitled, “The Practical and Legal Implications of Efforts to Keep Deaccessioned Objects in the Public Domain” in Museums and the Disposals Debate, Peter Davies, Ed. (2011), and co-edited A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education, A Handbook for Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education, published in 2012 (which included his essay entitled, “Trustees of Parent Organizations: Just Doing their Job.”), and Academic Museums: Advancing Engagement in 2014. He authored the chapter entitled “Monetizing the Collection: The Intersection of Law, Ethics, and Trustee Prerogative” in Legal Issues for Museum Professionals, Julia Courtney, Ed. (2015).
He is a member of American Association of Museums and New England Museum Association and has served on panels for both organizations. He was elected to the Board of Directors of New England Museum Association in 2011.
In 1988, Mark co-founded Family Life Support Center, Inc., an innovative program to provide temporary shelter and other services to homeless or at risk individuals and families and served as its first president. He has served as a member and chairman of the Mt. Greylock Regional School Committee and as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Inc. He served as Moderator for the Town of Williamstown, Massachusetts from 2010 to 2013. He is a member of referral panels for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the HIV/AIDS Law Consortium of Western Massachusetts. Mark’s long history of community service earned him the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Community Service Award in 1992.
He received his undergraduate degree in Economics and International Studies in 1972 from The American University, a law degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University. He has been admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1975.
Mark has traveled extensively to destinations all over the world and is particularly fond (obsessive, perhaps) of flying for free using miles accumulated in all sorts of imaginative ways and sharing his strategies and techniques. His blog on on the subject can be found at http://www.TakingFlightBlog.com.