Biography

Mark’s more than two decades of experience immersed in the telecommunications industry allows him to help clients navigate the highly complex and evolving federal regulations and legislative processes.

Mark counsels his clients on playing both “offense and defense” depending on the circumstances and nature of the challenge – all with an eye toward increasing growth and limiting financial exposure. He is a successful coalition builder, with a wealth of experience in policy making and political strategy.

In his previous private sector roles, Mark opened DC government affairs offices for two major wireless providers. In both of those roles and, with the companies that acquired them, he served as the primary liaison between the companies and the United States Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (where he directed and implemented all regulatory advocacy), the Administration, other key federal agencies, state regulatory commissioners, industry associations, public interest groups, think tanks, and important third-party groups aligned with goal of enhancing wireless penetration and affordability. Mark was entrusted by C-suite officers with identifying, creating, and defending hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of federal Universal Service revenue streams. These dollars helped support EBITDA projections. Further, in 2018, Mark led an internal and external team at one major wireless provider to have an important piece of tax legislation related to the prepaid wireless industry incorporated into a massive federal budget bill. This provision was the only non-spectrum related measure in the bill’s telecommunications section. Mark has also been responsible for strategic messaging with the media to advance corporate priorities that are impacted by public policy debates.

Mark’s public sector career was highlighted by a five-year stint as Legislative Director and Counsel for former (retired) Congressman and Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota; and six years at the Federal Communications Commission where he was a Senior Attorney in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and with the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

A Massachusetts native, Mark now lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and family. Mark enjoys sailing, exercising, and supporting his beloved Boston sports teams.

Services/Industries

Education

  • New England School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Tufts University  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Reading Volunteer, EverybodyWins DC
  • Youth basketball referee

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Federal Communications Bar Association
Contact Verrill at (855) 307 0700