Mark Gaines joined Adams and Reese in 2007 and serves as Special Counsel on the Government Relations and Charter Schools teams. He lobbies at the local, state and federal level and assists corporate clients with regulatory, legislative and executive challenges. His practice also includes economic development, health care and education. Prior to joining the firm, Mark served as Probate Judge for Jefferson County and was elected to four terms in the Alabama House of Representatives.
For nearly two decades, Mark was in private practice concentrating in the areas of real estate, probate, wills, trusts and business entities. His is very active in key business groups and industry associations and has helped raise the firm’s visibility in the business community.
His other significant contributions include:
- Past service on various legislative committees including the Judiciary Committee, Banking Committee, Chair of the Business and Labor Committee, Commerce Committee, Committee on Boards and Commissions. He also served as the Republican Leader of the House and Chair of the House Republican Caucus.
- Raising the visibility of the firm with local, state and federal elected officials through his representation of prominent industry interests and corporations. He has developed long-term personal and professional relationships with important decision makers at every level of government.
- Guiding business, financial, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and education clients through difficult regulatory and legislative challenges.
- Building political coalitions to achieve client objectives through keen knowledge of the political landscape.
Mark has managed, consulted or counseled dozens of political campaigns, grassroots efforts and ballot initiatives, including races for Governor, judicial offices, and state legislative seats. He served on the campaign staff of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions.
Among the people he admires the most is his father, who taught him to be forthright in all of his professional relationships “even when it’s painful.”
In his free time, he and his wife like to spend time on the lake with their three children. During hunting season, the family heads to their hunting club in south Alabama. Mark enjoys hunting, fishing, Auburn University football and playing the guitar. He prefers history books, especially military history.