TaylorUhe LLC is known for its strategy-driven approach to lobbying, the ethical manner in which it carries out assignments and the importance of regular accountability to clients. Its high degree of success in handing complex legislative issues is a direct result of these attributes and the skills and experience of its principals.
Mark Taylor is a founding partner of TaylorUhe. He brings more than 25 years of legislative and political experience to his representation of diverse businesses and governmental bodies in the Illinois General Assembly and before state administrative agencies.
Prior to establishing TaylorUhe, Mark was for 17 years a partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP, managing its Government and Global Trade Practice Group and its Illinois Legislative Practice. He previously was director of Amoco Corporation's political action committee and corporate political affairs, and prior to that served as Director of Public Affairs for the National Association of Manufacturers and Portfolio Manager for Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust in Baltimore, MD. He has also served as Legal Counsel to the Democratic Party of Illinois.
Mark received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his bachelor's degree from Illinois State University, where he majored in Business Administration.
Litesa Wallace is a three-term former State Representative and advocate whose exacting and clear-eyed approach to policy and bipartisan progress has reformed Illinois government, advanced important equities and built an impressive track record of collaborative innovation and victories for her clients and constituents.
Known as one of Springfield’s most knowledgeable legislators during her terms, from 2014 to 2019, she was able to introduce and pass scores of bills that gained broad support and buy-in and were signed by the governor of the opposing party.
And as an expert consultant and top energy lobbyist, Rep. Wallace in 2021 led and executed a nimble underdog campaign that broke a four-decade stalemate to end energy poverty for one impoverished Illinois community.
Dr. Wallace’s granular knowledge of policy and policy-making drove her victories to expand mental healthcare access, sustain the River’s Edge Historic Tax Credit, eliminate the so-called “Gay Panic” defense, and pass the historic Learning With Dignity Act.
After quickly earning the respect of her colleagues upon her entry into the chamber, she helped originate and chair the Illinois House Economic Justice and Equality Committee and served as Vice Chair of the House Human Services Committee as well as the Business Growth & Incentives Committee.
Previous to her service in Springfield, which included three years as chief of staff to former Rep. Charles Jefferson, whom she succeeded as the first Black woman to represent the 67th District, Rep. Wallace was an educator and human services professional, earning a B.A. from Western Illinois University and an M.S. in Applied Family and Child Studies with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Ed.D. in educational psychology from Northern Illinois University.
Rep. Wallace was recruited to run statewide for lieutenant governor in 2018 and, more recently, ran a groundbreaking grassroots campaign for Congress in Illinois’ 17th District.
A native of Chicagoland, she currently resides in Rockford with her son, and a child she has fostered.
Ryan Taylor is an innovative government affairs professional who has prioritized experience in all aspects of the legislative process – from campaigns to committees – to ensure Taylor Uhe provides the most up-to-date counsel, service, and strategic direction for clients from a multitude of industries. Ryan focuses on relationship management with both established and new members of the Illinois General Assembly, and helps provide issue support to elected officials both in their districts and the state capitol to keep them constantly informed on how policies best support their constituencies and legislative goals.
He received significant training working in both Republican and Democratic leadership campaign offices where he cultivated his institutional knowledge that he now uses to navigate clients in all aspects of their governmental and regulatory relationships.
As partner, Ryan leads the firm’s strategic direction and holistic approach to client management that incorporates multiple aspects of informing and influencing into tangible deliverables.
Ryan joined Taylor Uhe after earning his JD from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a BS in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Indiana University Bloomington.
Rebecca Mason has more than a decade of experience in direct lobbying, grassroots advocacy building, and public relations aimed at informing and influencing policymakers.
Getting her start with the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, a bipartisan coalition that is co-chaired by members of the business and labor communities, Rebecca has worked with several trade associations, guiding them through advocacy and legislative negotiations on highly impactful pieces of legislation. In 2019, she led negotiations for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce on the 2019 REBUILD Illinois Capital Bill, ensuring the business community’s priorities were incorporated into the final agreement. The Chamber’s support ultimately led to the successful passage of the package with bipartisan support.
Throughout her time in Springfield, Rebecca has become known as a trusted advisor for legislators and staff as they assess the impact of legislation before them.
Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Bradley University.
Rob Uhe was a founding partner of Taylor Uhe. He provides legal and legislative strategy to the Taylor Uhe team.
Rob previously was a partner at Mayer Brown and prior to that served for eight years as Chief Counsel to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives. During that time, he was the point person for most substantive legislation that moved through the General Assembly and negotiated many of the top legislative initiatives enacted during the past decade. He also served during this time as Ethics Officer for the Illinois House Democratic Caucus and Majority Counsel to the Illinois Legislative Redistricting Commission. Before entering public service, Rob was an attorney in private practice at two Chicago law firms: Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz; and Phelan, Pope & John.
Rob received his law degree cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.