K. Mark Parnell

K. Mark Parnell

D 205.582.2766
M 205.960.6837
Email: Parnell@ptlawllc.com

K. Mark Parnell

Mark Parnell has 29 years of experience in public sector and municipal law, civil litigation, corporate law, wills and trusts, real estate, zoning and land use law, environmental law and employment litigation. Mark brings to his clients a vast amount of knowledge and experience in prosecuting or defending all forms of civil or regulatory actions; drafting and negotiating complex corporate transactions; numerous acquisitions, sales and mergers of businesses and public entities;  the acquisition and sale of real estate; and providing day-to-day advice to businesses and industries regarding corporate governance and employment related issues.

Mark is rated AV-Preeminent  by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating for professional excellence in legal knowledge and ability, communication skills and ethical standards.


Mark represents individuals, businesses and public bodies in general liability and premises liability actions as well as personal injury and worker’s compensation claims and litigation.

  • Jefferson County v. Ifediba Family, LLC. and The Water Works Board of the City of Birmingham, Intervenor
  • Inman Park v. The Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Birmingham
  • Tammy L. Rolley v. The Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Birmingham

Mark is also experienced in the defense of class actions and complex civil actions. During his career, Mr. Parnell has successfully defended numerous class action lawsuits.These cases were eventually dismissed after motions for class certification were successfully defended.

  • Lloyd Colvin v. The Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Birmingham
  • Pam Cannon, et. al. v. The Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Birmingham
  • Fletcher Allen v. The Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Birmingham

Mark has drafted construction contract documents for use with numerous projects.  He is experienced with negotiating and successfully resolving construction disputes and litigation concerning change orders, differing site conditions, retainage, bond and insurance claims, mechanic’s liens, delays, scheduling and acceleration, and contract terminations.

  • Construction and renovation of  dam and intake facility in Blount County.
  • $49.6 million water filter plant improvements in Birmingham.
  • $16.5 million water filter plant improvements in Jefferson County.
  • $1.8 million construction of town hall, fire station and tornado shelter in Jefferson County.

In his corporate and business practice, Mark has significant experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and large, complex transactions. He also has experience with Energy Performance Contracting, intellectual property (IP) contracts and licenses for his clients. His has reviewed, drafted and negotiated numerous purchase and sales contracts utilized in day-to-day business as well as professional services contracts for engineers, architects, financial advisors and other professionals.

  • $476,000,000.00 reacquisition of water and waste water systems
  • $85,000,000.00 acquisition of the raw water system
  • $18.6 million SAP Software implementation

Mark advises municipalities, governmental boards and agencies in his governmental and municipal practice the various on State and Federal laws pertaining to public bodies such as bid and procurement laws, public records laws, open meeting laws and ethics laws. He possesses vast understanding of federal and state case law that affects governmental entities.

  • Petitioners Alliance, v. City of Birmingham, et. al
  • Honorable Bernard Kincaid, as Mayor of the City of Birmingham v. The Council of the City of Birmingham, et. al.
  • The Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Prichard v. Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners of the City of Mobile
  • Randall v. The Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Birmingham,
  • Ex Parte The Water Works and Sewer Board of The City of Birmingham

In his real estate, zoning and environmental practices, Mark represents and advises both individuals, companies and public entities in the areas of real estate, development and land use controls, zoning and eminent domain as well as environmental reviews, issues and proceedings.

  • $5,000,000.00 sale of approximately 3,200 acres of unimproved real estate.
  • The Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Birmingham v. Umicore USA, Inc.,
  • Ex parte Water Works Board of the City of Birmingham (In re Water Works Board of the City of Birmingham v. Alabama Surface Mining Commission and Shepherd Bend, LLC
  • The Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Birmingham v. Inland Lake Investments

In his wills and trust practice, Mark advises individuals in the areas of wills, trusts, powers of attorney and healthcare directives.


Mark received his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville State University in 1983 where he graduated with Special Honors, and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in 1987 where he was an Associate Editor for The Cumberland Law Review.

Bar Admissions

Mark is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, as well as Alabama state courts.

Professional Associations and Community Involvement

Mark is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, and Birmingham Bar Association. He serves as the Secretary to the Jefferson County Mayor’s Association and is also a member of Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys and the American Water Works Association, where he has previously served as Chairman of the Legislative Affairs Committee, Alabama Section. In addition to these professional associations, Mr. Parnell has volunteered for the American Diabetes Association and served as President/Chairman of the Alabama Leadership Council.