University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1985, Cum Laude
St. Mary's University, B.A., 1982, Summa Cum Laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
- U.S. Supreme Court
Mark Ayotte is a former member of the firm's board of directors and a member of the Business Litigation section. Mark practices principally in the areas of:
- Telecommunications law
- Transportation law
- Business litigation
Mark is the head of the firm’s Telecommunications and Transportation Practice groups. He represents a variety of telecommunications carriers in the region on numerous telecommunications issues, including certificates of authority, regulatory compliance, interconnection negotiations and arbitrations, pole attachments, cable television and transactional matters. Representing competitive local exchange carriers, interexchange carriers and commercial mobile radio services providers, he regularly appears before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) and in state and federal courts on telecommunications matters. He has also appeared before numerous state regulatory agencies, including Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. He has been involved in several landmark cases at the MPUC relating to the compulsory arbitration and approval of both landline and wireless interconnection agreements and eligible telecommunications carrier designations under the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Mark is also active in various administrative rulemaking proceedings before the MPUC and other states. He has assisted clients by monitoring and analyzing proposed and final agency actions concerning such matters as CLEC regulations, universal service fund matters and public rights-of-way. He has also represented clients in agency investigations and adjudicatory matters, including hearings before administrative law judges and presiding officers, as well as appeals from agency decisions.
In the transportation and logistics area, Mark has acted as counsel for both shippers and transportation and distribution service providers, including motor carriers, property brokers, freight forwarders, 3PL’s, warehousemen and household goods carriers. His experience includes DOT regulatory compliance, personal injury and property damage claims, drug and alcohol testing, and contracts. He has drafted, negotiated, administered and enforced hundreds of transportation and distribution contracts related to motor carrier, brokerage, warehousing, consolidation, deconsolidation, fulfillment and transportation management services. He has also represented dozens of parties in the prosecution or defense of freight loss and damage claims, and counseled shippers in the defense of freight undercharge claims.
Mark formerly served as general counsel for a national diversified transportation and warehousing business with responsibility for labor, regulatory compliance, litigation management, real estate and mergers and acquisitions. He has firsthand business experience in the transportation and warehousing industries.
Honors & Awards
- Super Lawyer, Minnesota Super Lawyers
- Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell
American Bar Association, Member
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
- Public Utilities Committee, Member
- Communications Law Section, Former Chair
Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
Association of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy Member
Transportation Lawyers Association, Member
- "Tips for Avoiding Risks and Liabilities for Private Fleet Operations," National Association of Fleet Administrators, North Central ChapterJanuary 2006
- "DOT/FMCSA Updates and Overview," Minnesota Trucking Association Safety CouncilMarch 2005