Mark J. Parachini
Mark Parachini is an attorney in Lathrop Gage’s Environmental and Tort practice group. He represents clients in a vast array of specialties including litigation, contractual negotiation and business/financial strategies. Mark regularly interacts with government administrators, judicial representatives and business leaders throughout the United States.
Mark has an extensive educational and professional background. Prior to law school, he earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Business Administration and Accounting. Mark also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration. His pursuit for growth has cultivated his skills. While working as a Senior Accountant for the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mark achieved his goal of becoming a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Mark’s drive for success landed him in law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He graduated summa cum laude with a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law with extra emphasis in urban, land use and environmental law. During law school, Mark worked as an associate for Lathrop Gage, served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Brian C. Wimes of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, and volunteered as a staff member/writer for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review journal.
Mark has industry experience in business, environmental, tort, consumer protection, construction management, accounting, real-estate, brokerage and financial services, and advanced non-profit, educational and research institutions. Mark has a vast business network with established relationships throughout the United States. Although he engages in legal practice all over the country, Mark maintains his law licenses in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. He maintains an active CPA license in the state of Missouri. Samples of his most recent accomplishments include:
- Acted as counsel for massive $100M hospital construction project closing by advising on, drafting and reviewing transactional documents, including organizational agreements, UCC financing statements, promissory notes, environmental assessments, the opinion letter and other required and advised matters.
- Drafted complaint for assignee of nearly 100 mortgages and accompanying notes for state breach of contract and foreclosure claims after borrower defaulted on obligations.
- Advised institutional client regarding the impact of multiple states’ legalization of cannabis (including marijuana and hemp) on client’s ancillary business operations.
- Advised national transporter with due diligence, risk identification and mitigation strategies when acquiring potentially contaminated property via condemnation, specifically under CERCLA and state law.
- Counseled national commodities client with SPCC plan development, compliance and reporting after accidental oil spill of reportable quantities under CWA, OPA and Iowa state law.
- Assisted national institutional client with identifying thousands of PRPs, assessing viabilities, and calculating potentional liabilities under CERCLA and Missouri state law.
- Counseled national institutional client in CERCLA contribution and cost recovery claim strategies after identifying hundreds of owner, operator, arranger and transporter PRPs at major Maryland Superfund site potentially liable for $8M in estimated cleanup costs.
- Assisted client with a $70M Maryland Superfund site by negotiating and drafting environmental settlement agreements with dozens of PRPs resulting in $20M in contribution claim settlements.
- Created a self-sufficient investment and accounting strategy for a Maryland Superfund site by drafting environmental remediation trust agreements, negotiating with financial professionals, and investing $20M received in contribution settlements.
- Advised national client with major California CERCLA Superfund site involving multimillion dollar contribution and cost recovery actions.
- Represented national client in defending citizen suits under RCRA and CWA involving Alabama PFOA and PFOS contamination in area's land, waters and water treatment plant.
- Assisted national client with identifying, locating and interviewing agents, employees and representatives of PRPs needed for valuable depositions in CERCLA litigation.
- Assisted national institutional client with regulatory compliance by maintaining multiple-state database of relevant environmental laws.
- Helped client maintain discharge monitor reports, interact with experts, and develop plans for remediation.
- Assisted Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Adopt-A-Neighborhood program beautify Kansas City by placing legal title of two abandoned, dilapidated properties into the hands of a revitalization investor.
- Counseled client in successfully defending breach of trust claims brought against trustees in Kansas litigation.
- Assisted wrongly-convicted woman obtain freedom after spending over 20 years in prison for a crime she did not commit (imprisoned as a minor).
- Represented clients on a wide variety of legal issues including environmental, tort, land use, construction, trusts and estates, nuisance and many other matters in Kansas City and throughout the country.
- Represented clients on a wide variety of legal issues including environmental, tort, real estate, land use, construction, trusts and estates, nuisance and many other matters in Kansas City and throughout the country.
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
- Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
- University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Dean’s Honor List, 2012-2015
- Judicial Intern for the Honorable Brian C. Wimes at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2014
- University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review
- CALI Award recipient
- Marvin and Patricia Rich Corporate Law Prize
- The Missouri Bar
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Environmental & Energy Committee
- Missouri Cannabis Industry Association, Board of Directors
- Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
- Professor Bob Downs Scholarship Golf Tournament Committee - UMKC Law School
- Author, Construction Litigation: Representing the Owner (2nd ed. 2020), Chapter 13, Tax Considerations in Construction Litigation. To be published by Wolters Kluwer.
Author, Construction Disputes: Representing the Contractor (4th ed. 2020), Chapter 21, Tax Considerations of Construction Litigation. To be published by Wolters Kluwer.
Adjunct Professor, UMKC School of Law, CERCLA/Negotiating Superfund Settlements, 2018
- Case Note, Speet v. Schuette, 726 F.3D 867 (6th Cir. 2013), Urban Lawyer, Winter 2014
2345 Grand Blvd.Suite 2200Kansas City, MO 64108
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2015
Chadron State College, MBA, 2011
Peru State College, B.S., 2007