Mark Stodola

Attorney, Of Counsel

Professional Experience

Mark Stodola concentrates his practice in the areas of government relations, business, and regulatory transactions, and real estate. He is a member of the firm's Business and Corporate Law Practice Group, Administrative Law Practice Group and Government Relations and Lobbying Practice Group. He has served as general counsel to the Little Rock National Airport and has represented various cities and counties throughout the state. He has provided government relations services at the state Capitol and in Washington D.C. to state and national trade organizations, particularly in the technology, telecommunications, transportation, medical, and entertainment sectors. While in private practice he has assisted numerous clients and businesses on a variety of legal and regulatory issues. From 2006 to 2019, he served as mayor of Little Rock. Previously, he has served as city attorney of Little Rock for six years and prosecuting attorney for the 6th Judicial District of Arkansas for three terms. Mark Stodola joined the firm in 2019 after having served a year as President of the National League of Cities representing 19,000 cities and towns in the nation’s capital.

Practice Areas

  • Government relations
  • Business and regulatory transactions
  • Real estate

Court Admissions

  • Arkansas state courts
  • Arkansas Supreme Court
  • Federal District Courts of Arkansas
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

  • Mayor's Council of the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, member
  • National League of Cities, past president
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors, past member of Leadership Council
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association member, lecturer
  • National District Attorneys Association, past vice president
  • Arkansas Municipal League member, past president
  • Arkansas City Attorneys Association, past president
  • Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association, past president
  • Arkansas Bar Association, member
  • Pulaski County Bar Association, member

Community Involvement

  • Rotary Club of Little Rock, member
  • Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, member
  • Quapaw Quarter Association, member
  • Downtown Little Rock Partnership, member
  • Little Rock Rugby Union, member
  • Preserve Arkansas, member

Presentation & Thought Leadership

  • Lectured to the SeniorLevel Russian Procuracy in Moscow and Ekaterinburg, Russia.
  • One of five speakers internationally who were invited to speak to the International College of Judges and Lawyers on trial by jury, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Guest speaker at several national conferences on the state of the nation's infrastructure, sustainability and the future of work.
  • Has written for a national audience on the future of work.
  • Guest speaker on importance of entrepreneurship to economic development for Kauffman Foundation, the premier foundation for entrepreneurship in the U.S.


  • Named to the Mid-South Super Lawyers List in the practice areas of general litigation and government/cities/municipalities.
  • Received national recognition as recipient of the “Local Leaders” Award given by the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps).
  • Received “Lawyer-Citizen” Award from the Pulaski County Bar Association.
  • Received “Top of the Rock” Award from Little Rock Downtown Partnership.
  • As mayor of Little Rock, prioritized economic development, city innovation, technology, and public safety as the city's foremost obligations.
  • Also as mayor, partnering with the private sector, the federal government and private foundation grants, spearheaded the revitalization and development of Little Rock's Main Street, where his “Creative Corridor” plan, along with the development of the city's state-of-the-art Technology Park, now aggregates arts and culture with science and technology.
  • Teaches as an adjunct professor at the Clinton School of Public Service.
  • Previously taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Business, and Webster University.
  • Served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice and guest instructor for the FBI and DEA.


  • J.D., University of Arkansas
  • B.A. in Journalism and Political Science, University of Iowa
  • Graduate of the Harvard Program of Instruction for Lawyers
  • Graduate of the FBI's National Law Institute
  • Graduate of the National College of District Attorney's Executive Prosecutor Program