Mark R. Coulter

Coulter, MarkAs Vice President and General Counsel of the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri Mark is responsible for all legal matters and intergovernmental affairs advocacy. Mark has over a decade of experience in the legal and intergovernmental affairs fields undertaking everything from running campaigns to prosecuting to acting as in-house counsel. Mark was hired as the first in-house General Counsel for the Port Authority of Kansas City, Missouri and built the legal department from the ground up, reducing the outside legal spend by almost two-thirds by using innovative and modern approaches to project management and billing. As General Counsel Mark provides legal oversight of Board policy, rules, regulations and resolutions, providing legal advice during Board Committee meetings, oversight of drafting and negotiation of a variety of agreements, and managing outside counsel on several development projects.

Mark also handles the legislative and regulatory engagement strategies for the Port Authority of Kansas City. In his intergovernmental capacity, Mark identifies and monitors local, county, state and federal legislation and policy and builds effective relationships with local, state and federal authorities and agencies to advocate and protect the Port Authority’s interests.

Mark’s unique background in politics, public policy, and as a prosecutor provides the experience to handle a multitude of legal issues. Mark began his career as legislative staff for U.S. Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond and has worked political campaigns, managing and advising a number of candidates on various political and policy issues. Mark has also worked in criminal law, serving as the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Clinton County. Mark prosecuted felonies, misdemeanors, traffic, conservation and other criminal cases.

Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri - Columbia, and his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He served in the Kansas Army National Guard from 1996 to 2005, and was called to active duty in 2003 as a part of Operation Noble Eagle. While in law school, he participated in Washburn’s trial advocacy program, earned certification in International and Comparative Law, and argued an amicus curiae on behalf of the school in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Most importantly, he enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and their daughter Katy, and assembling furniture for their next child who is due in November.

Missouri Bar Association, Planning Committee Member, 2013 Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference

Association of Corporate Counsel, Board Member, Mid-America Chapter

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

American Legion, Member