tn_Mark - profile 1Mark A. Balkin
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Practice Areas: Communications Law; Commercial Transactions and Litigation; Class Action Defense; Zoning Law; Land Development; Municipal Corporation Law

Mark A. Balkin concentrates his practice in the representation of radio and television broadcasters in regulatory and transactional matters; telecommunications companies dealing with local governmental regulation and businesses litigation; and in the representation of local governments and private businesses in zoning and development and cable and telecommunications franchising and rights-of-way management issues. Mark also regularly represents copyright holders in infringement actions.

Prior to joining the firm in January 2000, Mark spent 9 years living in Chicago where he represented numerous suburban communities in general business and governmental functions, zoning and economic development matters and telecommunications and cable television franchising and regulation.

Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in 1986 and his Juris Doctor from Washington University in 1989.  He is admitted to the bars of Illinois, Louisiana, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District Trial Bar, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mark is a member of the Louisiana State, American, New Orleans and Federal Communications Bar Associations.

Mark has lectured to industry and municipal groups on telecommunications equipment siting and rights-of-way management issues and he is the author of several articles on communications issues, including “Cable Companies May Pass Through Franchise Fees Based on Non-Subscriber Revenues to Subscribers,” Louisiana Municipal Review, November 2001; “Cable System Transfers: A Review of Municipal Responsibilities,” Louisiana Municipal Review, June 1999; “Municipal Control Over Cellular/PCS Antenna Siting,”  Illinois Municipal Review, May 1996; and “What the 1996 Telecommunications Act Means To Municipalities,” Illinois Municipal Review, May 1996.  In addition, Mark is a regular lecturer on zoning and development matters and adult use regulation at continuing legal education seminars and to municipal groups.

Mark has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous community organizations,  including the New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center (1999-2006, President 2003-2005), the Anti-Defamation League, South Central Region (2003-2009), Touro Synagogue (2002-2010), and the Henry S. Jacobs Camp (2004- ).