Mark Loper




Mark is a partner in the firm’s land use group. His practice emphasizes entitlements, due diligence, administrative compliance, and environmental law. Mark’s clients range from property owners looking to reuse or remodel existing buildings to investors performing diligence and institutional developers proposing mixed-use projects exceeding a million square feet.

Mark has experience throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. He regularly appears in front of decision makers, including San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, and Zoning Administrator; the Oakland Planning Commission; the Berkeley City Council; the Daly City Planning Commission and 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 projects. Along with appearing before local decision-making bodies, Mark provides strategic advice and counsel to property owners, project sponsors, investors and potential purchasers, and commercial 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 an East Bay native and passionate about civic issues affecting San Francisco, the Bay Area, and California.


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


  • 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.


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