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  • Education
    • J.D., Washington University-St. Louis School of Law, 1988, Law Review; Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, Associate Editor; Moot Court Board
    • B.A., Marquette University, 1984, Dean's List
Crafting creative, business-minded strategies on behalf of private and public clients in order to facilitate complex, large-scale development projects is the focus of Mark Brady’s practice. From approval to construction, Mark brings more than 25 years of experience in real estate development matters across Missouri, and he leverages this experience to obtain local, state and federal economic development incentives that support development. Mark is regularly involved in public financing and bond transactions throughout Missouri.

Representative projects on which Mark has worked include: 
  • Representing energy companies and developers in the permitting, development and financing of renewable energy projects.
  • Serving as counsel to public and private parties in public financing transactions.
  • Securing approvals from over 20 local, state and federal agencies and two acts of Congress to construct a $450 million gaming, hotel and entertainment complex on formerly contaminated property in the floodplain that lacked adequate vehicular access.
  • Stacking various economic incentives to redevelop a largely abandoned regional mall into a thriving mixed-use center.
  • Securing multiple awards of tax credits to construct a plant research facility and associated office project.
Mark 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
  • Federal Grant, Loan and Tax Credit Programs
  • Public/Municipal Bonds
Mark has successfully tried cases and argued appeals on behalf of developers and public bodies and he wrote the winning brief for the case in which the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of TIF.

Mark’s familiarity with the needs of both governmental bodies and developers provides clients with the resources to facilitate public-private partnerships that create investment opportunities, business and job growth, and the potential for increased wealth for clients and the community at-large.  
  • Representation of the developer of a wind farm in two counties and multiple local jurisdictions in Missouri regarding all local and county land use and zoning approvals.
  • Representation of the developer of multiple wind farms throughout Kansas regarding all local and county land use and zoning permits.
  • Served as counsel for issuers, developers, underwriters and special taxing districts for bond issuances across Missouri.
  • Representation of high growth entrepreneurial company in securing development incentives for relocation of corporate headquarters. 
  • Worked with team of Polsinelli attorneys to secure development incentives for convention hotel. 
  • Represented developers of office, laboratory and mixed-use projects in CORTEX innovation community.
  • Represented owners and developers of shopping centers throughout the St. Louis region in their redevelopment projects.
  • River City Casino and Hotel - Obtained approvals from over 20 local, state, and federal agencies and two acts of Congress to allow construction of $450 million gaming, hotel and entertainment complex.
  • Buzz Westfall Plaza - Used TIF, Chapter 353 tax abatement, CID and Brownfield Tax Credits to redevelop largely abandoned regional mall into thriving 500,000 square foot mixed-use center.
  • North Port - Secured approval of what is believed to be Missouri's first multi-jurisdictional TIF plan in Miller County (Lake of the Ozarks).
  • Briarcliff West-Prepared legal analysis and TIF redevelopment plan for Missouri's first phased TIF Plan.
  • Danforth Center/Bio-Research & Development Growth Park-Secured multiple awards of Missouri Development Finance Board tax credits for expansion of research center and development of associated office building.
  • Stowers Institute for Medical Research - secured text amendment to zoning ordinance and rezoning to allow construction of state-of-the-art medical research facility.
  • Grants- Obtained federal funds for wide range of projects including addressing the closures of the Ford and Chrysler auto plants in the St. Louis area, constructing portions of the Great Rivers Greenway regional trail system, advancing the regional initiative to position St. Louis as a hub for international trade, and enhancing the St. Louis region's entrepreneurial programs.
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Lemay Riverfront Development (Phoenix Award Winner)
National Brownfield Redevelopment Conference
Presenter and Award Recipient
April 2011
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TIF Case Studies
Council of Development Finance Authorities 2008 Annual Conference
Presenter Comment
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Tax Increment Finance: Best Practices Reference Guide
Council of Development Finance Authorities
Contributing Author
November 2007
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Structuring Effective Public/Private Partnerships
Missouri Economic Development Council Conference
October 2010