Mark Loper

Partner

LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

Mark is a member of the firm’s land use group. His practice emphasizes entitlements, due diligence, administrative compliance, and environmental law. Mark’s clients range from families looking to remodel and expand their homes to institutional developers proposing mixed-use projects exceeding a million square feet. Mark has appeared before a number of decision makers, including San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, and Zoning Administrator; the Berkeley City Council; the San Mateo Planning Commission and City Council; and state and federal courts.

Mark is an expert in local and state zoning laws and regulations, as well as the application of the California Environmental Quality Act to infill development sites. Along with appearing before local decision-making bodies, Mark provides strategic advice and counsel to property owners, project sponsors, and potential purchasers and tenants. Before joining Reuben, Junius & Rose, Mark practiced civil litigation, giving him unique insight into the transactional and entitlement pitfalls that lead to lawsuits and the importance of creating a robust administrative record.

Mark is a Bay Area native and passionate about civic issues affecting San Francisco, the Bay Area, and California.

EDUCATION

  • B. A., 2006, Middlebury College
  • J.D. Cum Laude, 2011, University of California, Hastings College of Law

EXPERIENCE/NOTABLE PROJECTS

  • An approximately 2 million square foot mixed-use project in downtown San Francisco with adaptive re-use of two buildings, the construction of two towers featuring hotel, office and residential uses, and the re-routing of a public right-of-way through the project site;
  • A 75-unit density bonus project in a Bay Area peninsula city that was appealed to the city council;
  • A 230-unit residential project in San Francisco’s South of Market district;
  • A 180-unit residential project in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood;
  • Adaptive re-use of a national landmark;
  • Partial preservation and an addition to a locally-designated historic building;
  • Land use diligence for a multi-phase master development plan in the Bay Area on behalf of a potential capital partner.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Urban Land Institute

PUBLICATIONS