R. Mark Cory - Brochure


J.D. (with Honors), Drake University, 1986

B.A. (with Honors), University of Northern Iowa, 1982


Practice Groups

  • Economic Development/Urban Renewal
  • Public Finance


Mark Cory is a member of the Public Law Practice Area, whose members serve as finance and special counsel to many of Iowa’s cities, counties, K-12 school districts, public utilities, community colleges, public and private universities, and the Iowa Board of Regents.

Collaborating primarily with cities, counties and public utilities, Mark provides counsel in the areas of finance, urban renewal, urban revitalization, special assessment and economic development.

In 2011, Mark was admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel.

Mark was born in Nevada, Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa. He joined the Firm in 1986 after graduating with Honors from Drake Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers.

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1986

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

U.S. District Courts – Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa

U.S. Supreme Court


American Bar Association

Iowa Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

National Association of Bond Attorneys

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association


Martindale-Hubbell® – AV® Rating

American College of Bond Counsel – Fellow, elected in 2011

The ACBC was formed to recognize lawyers who have established reputations among their peers for skill, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of municipal bond law. The ACBC currently includes approximately 235 lawyers practicing in 43 states.

Best Lawyers in America© - Public Finance Law (2019)


Over the years, Mark has presented on a variety of topics for the following organizations:

Drake Law School

Iowa State University

Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association

Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association

Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants

Iowa Department of Management – Auditor Training

Iowa Concrete Paving Association

Iowa League of Cities

Iowa State Association of Counties

American Society of Civil Engineers

Iowa State Association of County Auditors

Published Articles & Books

Book, “The ABC’s of Iowa Urban Renewal Law,” 2006


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