Mark F. Brady joins Polsinelli as counsel in the firm’s national Real Estate Development and Real Estate Transaction Practices and will serve his clients from the St. Louis office. He has more than 25 years of experience in obtaining local, state and federal economic development incentives. Previously, Brady served as assistant general counsel and assistant vice president real estate and community development for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.
“Mark brings a real-world perspective to our clients with his deep understanding of the needs of both governmental bodies and developers,” said Polsinelli Real Estate Division Chair John Peterson. “We look forward to collaborating with Mark as he delivers practical counsel to assist clients in the facilitation of public-private partnerships to create investment opportunities, business growth and job creation.”
Brady began his legal career in the Kansas City office of Polsinelli after earning his law degree from the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. He appears before state agencies, municipal boards and economic development agencies to secure approvals for zoning and land-use matters as well as development incentives such as: tax increment financing (TIF), Missouri chapter 353 tax abatement, community improvement districts, transportation development districts, Brownfield tax credits, Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits, and federal grant, loan and tax credit programs. Brady wrote the winning brief for the case in which the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of TIF.
“I chose Polsinelli as my employer right out of law school because of the firm’s unmatched reputation for real estate development in the Kansas City-area, as well as its entrepreneurial spirit,” Brady said. “The opportunity to re-join this business-minded firm dedicated to understanding its clients’ needs is exciting. In addition, I am looking forward to re-connecting with colleagues who share my client service philosophies and entrepreneurial mindset.”
In his role at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, Brady assisted in the completion of a $450,000,000 gaming and hotel complex requiring approvals from more than 20 federal, state and local agencies, as well as two acts of Congress.
The project was located on a property that suffered from severe environmental contamination from almost a century of prior industrial use, was in the floodplain of the Mississippi River, and lacked adequate modern vehicular access. Public revenues from the completed project have been strategically reinvested to enhance the physical, economic and social well-being of the surrounding community and the county as a whole.
Brady has been a member of The Missouri Bar Association since 1988. He is a member of the Marquette University Alumni Association of St. Louis, serving on the scholarship committee as well as participating in various fundraising activities. When not at the office, the Webster Groves resident is a competitive barbecue chef. In conjunction with his crew, “Road Kill BBQ,” Brady has participated in The American Royal World Series of Barbecue for more than 20 years. His team has competed against thousands of BBQ masters and has earned numerous Top Ten awards. He has even rubbed shoulders at the event with The Food Network’s Guy Fieri.
"I started barbecuing seriously more than 20 years ago," Brady said. "A bunch of buddies from high school went to the World Series of Barbecue a few times and had a lot of fun. Finally, one year, we decided to compete and it has progressed from there."