Mark Foster has represented both individuals and businesses before most Texas state regulatory boards and agencies as well as the Federal Communications Commission and state utility commissions across the country. He has been Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990, and has over 30 years experience practicing Administrative Law. Mark’s practice concentrates on communications law, professional license defense, and regulatory compliance for businesses affected by government regulation.
Mark represents both individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies ranging from the Federal Communications Commission and state utility commissions to OSHA and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Regardless of the forum, the industry, or the profession, Mark is a champion for competition; he works to increase and maintain choices for consumers, patients, and clients and to increase job and business opportunities for providers of goods and services.
At the heart of successful public policy work is a network of relationships. Mark Foster has been a visible presence within the Austin legal community since 1982. In that time, he has developed legislative and administrative relationships in many different areas, from the Texas State Capitol to state agencies to private regulated professionals and businesses. Mark has lobbied for various interests, such as trucking deregulation, electric utility competition, nursing home administrators and telecommunications. He has considerable experience in group representation through advocacy for associations such as the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, the Truck Renting and Leasing Association, and the Texas Association for Competitive Transportation. Mark has incorporated and served as general counsel for the Texas Association of Licensed Facility Administrators (nursing home administrators) and the Texas Independent Movers Association (small household goods movers). Mark has organized over a dozen competitive telecommunications companies into client groups to arbitrate for new interconnection terms with incumbent providers in order to maximize effectiveness and lower costs to market participants. He presently serves as a chair of the Texas Chapter of the Federal Communications Bar Association and has a 10.0 rating on the lawyer directory website, Avvo.
Prior to entering private practice, Mark served as Special Counsel at the Texas Public Utilities Commission and served as Administrative Law Judge or hearings examiner for the Texas Medical Board, the Structural Pest Control Board, the Texas Health Facilities Commission, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation. Additionally, Mark has worked as a lobbyist before the Texas Legislature, using his administrative law background and reputation to enhance legislators’ understanding of complex regulatory issues.