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When I approach an individual in government on behalf of one of my clients, it’s not about arm twisting. I’m a laid back, low key individual, and I rely on experience and knowledge to persuade people. I work to demonstrate how my client’s objective is good for lots of people.

Mark Gaines lobbies at the local, state and federal level – in Alabama and Washington, D.C. – advising corporate clients on regulatory, legislative and economic development issues. His clients include companies in the telecommunications, road and bridge construction, financial, pharmaceutical and defense industries as well as municipal governments and educational institutions. Having spent 15 years in state government and more than a decade providing government relations services, Mark has developed long-term personal and professional relationships with important decision makers at every level of government. He is skilled at building political coalitions to achieve client objectives.

Prior to joining Adams and Reese, Mark served as Probate Judge for Jefferson County and was elected to four terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. During his time in the legislature, he served on various legislative committees and commissions and served as the Republican Leader of the House and Chair of the House Republican Caucus. 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.

Prior to joining the firm, Mark was in private law practice concentrating in the areas of real estate, probate, wills, trusts and business entities. He tried many jury and non-jury cases to verdict in courts throughout Alabama.

Alabama is a state with a limited tax base and limited revenue. Its policymakers will be faced with difficult decisions soon as revenues will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the citizens. The good news is that law makers will increasingly look to the private sector for innovative ways to operate more efficiently and save the state money, including the delivery of health care through Medicaid, public/private partnerships to meet road, bridge and infrastructure needs, and all other functions of state government. Businesses and industries who position themselves today will be presented with significant opportunities in the very near term.


  • Birmingham School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Auburn University, B.A., 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Alabama House of Representatives, Member, 1990-2005
  • Jefferson County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, Vice Chair, 2004-2005
  • Jefferson County Coroner and Medical Examiner’s Board, Member, 1998-2005
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Commissioner, 1994-2005
  • Probate Judge of Jefferson County, 2005-2007