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Mark E. DeYoung


Mark has been invested in relationships with Lafayette institutions, businesses and families for decades.  With a long-standing role as outside general counsel to the Tippecanoe School Corporation, extensive experience in real estate development and significant work with families on estate planning, Mark is known and trusted for a range of important matters.

Schools in Indiana have turned to Mark for guidance for more than 25 years.  His experience spans a broad spectrum of matters facing public and private schools, including construction and financing, compliance with state and federal regulations and school reform laws, board and governance matters, policy drafting and review, supplier contracts, labor and employment issues, arbitration, and litigation.  Although the majority of Mark’s work is as primary outside counsel, he also consults with school districts in need of representation in specific areas, such as bond financing and employment law.

Mark has been invested in relationships with Lafayette institutions, businesses and families for decades.

In his 20 years as outside general counsel to the Tippecanoe School Corporation – among the 15 largest public school districts in the state – he has provided regular guidance to the superintendent, board, and key staff members on day-to-day and strategic issues.  In recent years, Mark has been heavily involved in land acquisition, development and financing related to the construction of six new elementary and middle schools.

His real estate experience extends beyond school district projects to include commercial and residential property development and transactions.  Mark has represented small and medium-scale developers as well as property and business owners, advising on planning, zoning, construction, financing, and leasing.  He has particular background with raw land transactions, utility extension agreements, environmental matters, and easements.

Born and raised in Lafayette, Mark takes pride in helping area families and business owners with estate planning.  Clients range from young professionals just starting out to established business and property owners seeking to preserve and transfer wealth to future generations.  In addition to his work with traditional wills, trusts, and charitable giving programs, he helps owners of private businesses with succession planning and mediates among family members to negotiate the transfer of property and business interests.

  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Calvin College, Purdue University, Indiana University, B.A.
  • Indiana
  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Tippecanoe County Bar Association
  • Endorsed for High Ethical Standing and rated 4.5 out of 5.0 in Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer review survey

Mark has been a steady presence in the Lafayette volunteer community, contributing his time to nonprofit boards – including eight years with the Long Center for Performing Arts, local political campaigns, and faith-based initiatives.  He is a longtime member and volunteer at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church, where he has played the bass guitar at services for more than 25 years, and has twice served as church elder.

  • Successfully facilitated development and utility extension in connection with construction of six new elementary and middle schools – and multiple school renovation and expansion projects – for Tippecanoe School Corporation, including collaboration and coordination with regulators, property owners, bond issuers and bond counsel
  • Advisor to school corporations regarding due process and hearings in faculty terminations, including services as counsel to the administration or school board
  • Counsel to school corporation in implementation of student drug testing program
  • Ongoing assistance to school corporations with public entity compliance matters, including Indiana’s Open Door law and Access to Public Records Act
  • Longtime outside counsel to family-owned manufacturing business in contract negotiation and real estate transaction matters
  • Multi-layered representation of a Japanese-owned agricultural chemical company regarding Indiana research facility, including purchase and development of property, establishment of operations, and divestiture
  • Reached agreement with local property owners, developers and school corporation to expand major high school facility and extend public utility services
  • Represented family owners in complex sale of over 250 acres of suburban land to multiple developers in phased transactions