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  Marks, John
NameJohn Marks
Tallahassee, Florida , United States
Born July 25, 1947 (74 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Sep 14, 2010 02:58am
InfoTallahassee Mayor.

John Marks is the president of Knowles, Marks and Randolph, P.A. (KMR law) and directs the utility regulatory section and practices in the areas of government relations, business and administrative law. Prior to his association with KMR Law he was a shareholder and lead utility regulatory attorney for 10 years in the law firm of Katz, Kutter, Haigler, Alderman, Marks, Bryant & Yon, P.A. Appointed by Governor Bob Graham in 1979, he served eight (8) years on the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC); the last two as its Chairman. Before serving on the FPSC, he was employed as an Administrative Law Judge with the Commission. He has also been an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of Law teaching utility regulatory law. His area of concentration and experience is in utility regulation and business relations with emphasis on telecommunications and electric utilities. Mr. Marks served on the FPSC during the divestiture of AT&T and was instrumental in the implementation of the Federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). He has been a faculty member for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners utility rate school for more than 15 years.

He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. A member of the American, National, Florida and Tallahassee Bar and the Tallahassee Barristers Associations, he is also a member of the American Law Institute, the ABA's Public Utilities Law Section and the Florida Bar's Local Government and Administrative Law Sections. He is past chairman of the Florida Bar's Public Utilities Law and the Equal Opportunities in the Profession Committees. He served two terms on the Second Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission and the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Second Circuit.

Apart from his professional affiliations, Mr. Marks is on the Board of Directors of Fringe Benefits Management Company, a privately held financial services company. Among other civic activities, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Collins Center for Public Policy, the Mary Brogan Museum of Arts and Science, the United Way of Big Bend and is President of the Economic Club of Florida. He is a graduate of Class XX of Leadership Florida and a political analyst/co-host on the television show "The Usual Suspects" which airs weekly on the local NBC affiliate. He has a life membership in the NAACP and has served on the Board of Directors of the Tallahassee Urban League.

He received his B.S. degree in 1969 from the Florida State University School of Business and his Juris Doctor degree in 1972 from the FSU College of Law. Mr. Marks served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate. He is married to Jane Awkard Marks and has one son, John, IV, a Harvard graduate currently enrolled in the Columbia University Law School.


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