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Mark L. Brasee

Mark L. Brasee

Partner
Location:
Omaha, Nebraska
Phone:
402-978-5306 (Direct Dial)
402-341-6000
800-544-6041 (Toll Free)
Fax:
402-341-8290
E-mail:

Mark joined Fraser Stryker in 1994 and has been a partner of the firm since 2001. As both an experienced accountant and accomplished transaction attorney, Mark brings a unique background and skill set to counsel clients in business and corporate law.

Mark represents a broad range of clients, from national companies to entrepreneurial startups across the state of Nebraska, in all aspects of business law. These include taxation, real estate, commercial agreements, finance, business-succession and estate planning and many other areas. Large or small, his goal is the same: to solve problems with bottom-line efficiency and protect the interests of the client.

Born and raised in Grand Island, Mark earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Trinity University in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln School of Law in 1994.

Mark and his wife Mary Lou are also very active in the Omaha community. He has served on the Board of Directors and in leadership roles for Child Saving Institute, CSI Foundation, Goodwill Industries, Brownell Talbot and Habitat for Humanity, among others.

Mark Brasee's direct number at Fraser Stryker is 402-978-5306 and his long-time assistant, Doreen Shapiro, can be reached at 402-978-5279.

Legal Experience

Appointed by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, with input from Nebraska's Governor as counsel in four cases to represent Nebraska's Governor and other State officials in education funding litigation

Douglas County School District 0001 A/K/A Omaha Public Schools (OPS), The Nebraska Schools Trust, et al., v. Michael O.Johanns, in his official capacity as Governor of the State of Nebraska, et al., Doc. 1028, No. 017 (Douglas County, Nebraska). Plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss all claims after five years of discovery with trial approaching. Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General and attorney for the State of Nebraska to defend then Nebraska Governor Michael Johanns and all other Defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Omaha Public Schools and others challenging the constitutionality of Nebraska's system of funding public elementary and secondary schools. Plaintiffs' experts allege that at least an additional $750 million per year must be spent on K-12 public education in Nebraska. District Court dismissed Plaintiffs' adequacy claims. In 2008, with trial approaching, Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their case.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning & Probate
  • Trust & Estate Administration
  • Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Taxation
  • Renewable Energy Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1994

Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • J.D. - 1994
  • Trinity University
    • B.S. Business Administration - 1989
    • Major: Accounting and History

Classes/Seminars

  • Seminar Speaker, "Nonprofit Law", Nebraska Continuing Legal Education

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded Recipient, "40 Under 40" by Midlands Business Journal
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law (peer nominations)
  • Certified Public Accountant's Exam, Successful Candidate
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, 2003 - 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Member
  • Omaha Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association - Property and Probate Section, Member
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section and Property and Probate Section
  • Omaha Estate Planning Council, Associate Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Baird, Kurtz & Dobson, Staff Accountant, 1989 - 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • Brownell-Talbot School - Member of Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, 2007 - Present
  • Goodwill Industries, Inc. - Chairman Operations Committee, 2007 - 2009
  • Goodwill Industries, Inc. - Member Board of Directors, 2007 - Present
  • Goodwill Industries, Inc. - Treasurer and Executive Committee, 2010 - Present
  • Goodwill Industries, Inc. - Chairman Board of Trustees, 2014 - Present
  • Child Saving Institute, Inc. - Chairman, 2005 - 2006
  • Child Saving Institute, Inc. - Vice Chairman, 2003 - 2004
  • Child Saving Institute, Inc. - Secretary, 2002 - 2003
  • Child Saving Institute, Inc. - Member Board of Directors, 2002 - 2007
  • Child Saving Institute Foundation, Inc. - Chairman, 2005 - 2006
  • Child Saving Institute Foundation, Inc. - Member Board of Directors, 2004 - Present
  • Downtown Omaha Inc. - Treasurer, Member Board of Directors, 2000 - 2003
  • Downtown Omaha, Inc. Foundation - Treasurer, Member Board of Directors, 2001 - 2003
  • United Way of the Midlands - Planning and Allocations Committee - Member, 1997 - 2001

Mark Brasee

Position: Partner

Email
402-978-5306

Practice Areas

Admitted

1994

  • Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

Education

LAW SCHOOL: University of Nebraska, Lincoln School of Law, J.D., 1994

COLLEGE: Trinity University, B.S. Business Administration (Accounting and History), 1989

Prior to joining the Fraser Stryker in 1994, Mark Brasee worked as an accountant for a top-tier accounting firm where he focused on corporate taxation and banking. This helped create the foundation for his practice, which concentrates on business and corporate law, real estate law, commercial agreements, finance, taxation, business-succession, and estate planning.

Brasee represents a broad spectrum of clients, including companies in a wide range of industries, entrepreneurial startups, nonprofits, and individuals throughout Nebraska and across the region. As both an experienced accountant and accomplished transaction attorney, Brasee's diverse background and unique skill set enable him to counsel clients in all aspects of business law. Large or small, his goal is the same: to analyze his client's issues, create a strategic plan to solve those issues with bottom-line efficiency, and to achieve his client's goals while protecting the interests of the client.

Brasee earned an undergraduate degree in Bachelors of Science majoring in both History and Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Trinity University in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln School of Law in 1994.

In addition to his law practice, Brasee is very active in the Omaha community. He has served on the Board of Directors and in leadership roles of the Child Saving Institute, Child Saving Institute Foundation, Goodwill Industries, Inc., Brownell Talbot, United Way of the Midlands, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, among others.

Mark Brasee's direct number at Fraser Stryker is 402-978-5306 and his assistant, Donna Olson, can be reached at 402-978-5271.

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law (peer nominations)
  • Awarded Recipient, "40 Under 40" by Midlands Business Journal 2007

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 1994
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, 1994
  • Omaha Bar Association, 1994
  • American Bar Association - Property and Probate Section
  • Nebraska State Bar Association - Military
  • Omaha Estate Planning Council - Associate Member

Presentations and Publications

  • National Business Institute - Seminar Speaker, "Form 990: Key Compliance Points and Disclosure Considerations" (July 2016)

  • Strafford Webinar - Seminar Speaker, "UBTI and UBIT for Exempt Organizations: Mastering Form 990-T" (May 2016)
  • Nebraska Continuing Legal Education - Seminar Speaker, "Nonprofit Law"

Legal Experience

  • Appointed by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, with input from Nebraska's Governor as counsel in four cases to represent Nebraska's Governor and other State officials in education funding litigation
  • Douglas County School District 0001 A/K/A Omaha Public Schools (OPS), The Nebraska Schools Trust, et al., v. Michael O.Johanns, in his official capacity as Governor of the State of Nebraska, et al., Doc. 1028, No. 017 (Douglas County, Nebraska). Plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss all claims after five years of discovery with trial approaching. Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General and attorney for the State of Nebraska to defend then Nebraska Governor Michael Johanns and all other Defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Omaha Public Schools and others challenging the constitutionality of Nebraska's system of funding public elementary and secondary schools. Plaintiffs' experts allege that at least an additional $750 million per year must be spent on K-12 public education in Nebraska. District Court dismissed Plaintiffs' adequacy claims. In 2008, with trial approaching, Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their case.

Past Employment

  • Baird, Kurtz & Dobson, 1989-1991. Staff Accountant, practice concentrated in corporate taxation and banking

Other

  • Brownell-Talbot School - Member of Board of Trustees and Finance Committee (2007–present),Treasurer and Executive Committee (2014–2017)
  • Goodwill Industries, Inc. - Chairman Operations Committee (2007-2009), Member Board of Directors (2007-present), Treasurer and Executive Committee (2010-present), Chairman Board of Trustees (2014-present)
  • Child Saving Institute, Inc. - Chairman (2005-2006), Vice Chairman (2003-2004), Secretary (2002-2003), Member Board of Directors (2002-2007)
  • Child Saving Institute Foundation, Inc. - Chairman (2005-2006), Member Board of Directors (2004-2016)
  • Special Assistant State of Nebraska Attorney General (2003-2008)
  • Downtown Omaha Inc. - Treasurer, Member Board of Directors (2000-2003)
  • Downtown Omaha, Inc. Foundation - Treasurer, Member Board of Directors (2001-2003)
  • United Way of the Midlands - Planning and Allocations Committee, Member (1997-2001)
  • Certified Public Accountant's Exam, Successful Candidate (May 1991)

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