Mark Bowles is chairman of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and a partner with McGuireWoods LLP. As a lawyer and consultant, Mark's practice focuses on providing strategic counsel and policy advice to business and organizations with issues before Virginia’s legislature and regulatory agencies.
In addition, Mark coordinates and works closely with McGuireWoods Consulting offices in the seven state capitals where the firm has a presence. His practice includes government relations and public affairs, and he works with a variety of clients on issues, including healthcare, energy, technology, higher education and environmental law.
Mark joined McGuireWoods and was one of the founding senior vice presidents when McGuireWoods Consulting was started in 1998. The consulting firm provides a full range of public affairs services to clients in state capitals, Washington, D.C. and Europe. Mark has led state, regional and national public policy efforts on behalf of McGuireWoods Consulting clients. He has also been engaged in a number of successful pro bono legislative initiatives, including “Ashley’s Law,” the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, and the Tangier Island Free Clinic.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Mark served as chief of staff, to Rep. L.F. Payne (D-VA) and was counsel to a multi-state utility. He served as an assistant attorney general in Virginia for four years after graduating from law school. As assistant attorney general he worked on a variety of legal and legislative matters, as well as serving as staff counsel for the Attorney General’s Task Force on Domestic Violence.
Mark has been involved in Virginia politics for more than 35 years during which time he has managed two statewide campaigns, a congressional campaign, and numerous legislative races. Mark served on the finance committee for the McAuliffe for Governor campaign and as the finance co-chair for the inauguration of Governor Terry McAuliffe. Most recently, Mark served as co-chair of the Northam for Governor campaign and as co-chair of the Northam inaugural committee.
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC ("MWC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm. From time to time, various McGuireWoods lawyers provide non-legal services to MWC clients, but MWC cannot provide legal services or advice. Therefore, any work MWC performs for a client does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship or privilege. Should you require legal services from McGuireWoods, as well as consulting services from MWC, you must engage the law firm separately.
Assist clients with legal, legislative and regulatory challenges in areas ranging from, healthcare, energy and telecommunications to alcoholic beverage law.
Developed and managed the “Virginia Technology Alliance for Public Safety,” a coalition of unmanned technology businesses to successfully curtail efforts to limit the use of drone and unmanned aircraft technology in Virginia.
Assist wine and distilled spirits distributor with regulatory barriers and business development opportunities.
Worked with a national technology client to forge an innovative collaboration among key Virginia higher-ed institutions to showcase and utilize classroom video technology as a means of efficiently teaching complex niche upper level courses.
Helped to gain start-up funding and appropriation for the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, which has become a national leader in promoting political and civics education for students at every level.
Assisted a major technology company with negotiating a unique a statewide procurement platform.
Assisted a major national health care provider with plans to revamp public policy approach in Virginia.
Member, Virginia Bar Association
Member, Richmond Bar Association
Member, University of Virginia, Board of Visitors
Member, James Madison University Board of Visitors (2003-2011)
Member, University of Virginia Center for Politics Advisory Board
Member Executive Committee, VirginiaForever Board
Vice Chairman, MS Dinner of Champions (2017)
Member Executive Committee, NextUp
Former Chairman, Goochland Economic Development Authority
Former Member, Board of the Goochland YMCA (2012-2017)
Former Member, Southern Global Strategies Council (2002-2006)
Former Commissioner, Hanover Health District Commission
Co-Chair, Terry McAuliffe Inaugural Committee
Co-Chair, Ralph Northam Inaugural Committee