Mario is of-counsel at MDR Law Group, where his practice is varied.
Mario is the former GC, Secretary & COO of NYC startup AviantLogic, Inc., which offers re:fluence: a SaaS platform offering content distribution, influencer targeting, & analytics.
Mario founded Drive Development Labs, LLC in 2012 to create software, & provide consulting services.
Mario launched Hankerson Law Group in 2011 to 2012, & Hankerson Law Group, PLLC in 2012. Practice areas include Start-Ups, Corporate, IP, Real Estate, & Criminal Defense.
From 2008 to 2011, Mario worked at Equity Services, Inc. as a Compliance Officer, ensuring compliance, advised on risk management, & interpreted MSRB, SEC & FINRA rules. He previously held the Series 4, 7, 24, 53, & 66 licenses.
Mario serves on the Board & as General Counsel to Chandler Center for the Arts Inc. He is also President & President of the Board of Chandler Holding Company, the for-profit arm of Chandler Center for the Arts.
Mario worked as an IT Contractor creating software, & servicing systems from ‘00 to ‘04. He taught Criminal Justice & Computer Science courses as a Graduate Assistant at East Tennessee State University (“ETSU”), & worked as a Business Analyst. He is a former All-American football player, & briefly played in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens.
Mario received multiple degrees from ETSU: a B.S. in Criminology in ‘98, a M.A. in Criminal Justice in 2002, a M.S. in Computer & Information Science in 2003, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership in 2004. He received a J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2007, & took MBA courses at Tuck School of Business.08
Skills & Knowledge: General Management, Start-Ups, Investment Advisers Act of ’40, Investment Company Act of ’40, ’33 Act, ’34 Act, Private Placements, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Financial Analysis, Due Diligence, Corporate Formation & Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Hedge Funds, Real Estate, Risk Management, Negotiation, Anti-Money Laundering, Java, Python, PHP, C++, Ruby, SQL, Web & Mobile Development, & Agile Methodology.