Mark K. Straley
(813) 223-9400 – Direct
Mark K. Straley has practiced law in Tampa, Florida since 1976, and is a shareholder in the law firm, Straley Robin Vericker (established 2004). For the past 30 years, Mark has focused his practice on the representation of community development districts (CDDs). He has written and lectured extensively on community development districts and enjoys a statewide reputation with respect to CDDs. Mark is AV Rated, the highest rating awarded by the Martindale-Hubbell law directory. He serves as lead counsel to numerous community development districts represented by the firm. As one of the first CDD lawyers in Florida, Mark has many years of experience in all facets of special district and local government law, including the formation and operation of CDDs, construction of public infrastructure, issuance of tax exempt bonds, contracts and competitive bidding requirements, sunshine law, public records law, and real property law. In addition to his legal training, Mark also holds a masters degree in public administration. His graduate work focused on public finance, budgeting and the administration of local governments, including special districts.
Mark is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and the American Bar Association; he is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to forming his own firm, he was a partner in the statewide law firm, Akerman Senterfitt (1991-2004), and also practiced with the Bush Ross law firm (1981-1990) and Holland & Knight (1976-1980). Admitted to the Florida Bar, December 1976
- Kenyon College, A.B. cum laude with high honors in Political Science (1971)
- Wayne State University, M.P.A. (1973)
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D. cum laude (1976)