MARK LOETERMAN, ESQ.
Mark Loeterman joins Benchmark with more than three decades of experience, first as General Counsel to California’s then-largest real estate company, and subsequently as a professional mediator.
Prior to his career as a mediator, Mr. Loeterman was General Counsel to the Fred Sands Real Estate company and its affiliates in the brokerage, title, insurance, hospitality, and radio industries. As a full-time mediator since 2001, he continues to specialize in Real Estate, Employment, Contract and Business litigation matters.
Mr. Loeterman approaches each case with meticulous preparation, a thoughtful decision-making process, and the tenacity that is critical to success, all with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome. He recognizes different ways to structure a potential deal, reflecting an evaluation of risks, opportunities, and in many instances, the complex insurance principles that can impact resolution.
Mr. Loeterman has taught, published and presented widely. He was an adjunct professor of contract drafting and negotiation at the USC Gould School of Law and has been a featured speaker at local bar and trade association events.
His mediation expertise is in the following areas:
Real Estate: Property Acquisition and Sales Transactions; Commercial Leases; Brokerage Industry and Disclosure; Secured Loans and Mortgage Foreclosure; Quiet Title, Easements and Encroachments; Habitability; Mold and Other Environmental Hazards; Landslide and Subsidence; Development and Land Use; Homeowner Associations; Contractor Payment disputes.
Employment: Wrongful Termination and Other Employment Torts; Harassment; Discrimination; Retaliation; Wage and Hour.
Contract and Business Litigation: Breach of Commercial Agreements; Partnership Disputes and Dissolution; Professional and Fiduciary Liability; Interference, Unfair Competition, and Trade Secrets; Franchise Law.
Teaching, Speaking, and Publications
Lecturer in Law, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, 2009 – 2014
Consultant on publication of CEB’s practice book, California Real Estate Brokers: Law and Litigation
Financial Institutions section of the State Bar of California, Speaker, “Confidentiality and Ethics Issues in Mediation”
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Speaker, “Turning Disputes into Deals”
Southwestern Law School, Speaker, “How to Mediate the Employment Law Case”
Continuing Education of the Bar, Speaker, “Mediation of Real Property Disputes”
San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Speaker, “After the Gold Rush: A Real Estate Law Update”
California Association of Realtors, Speaker, “Effective Strategies in Mediation”
Southern California Mediation Association, Speaker, “Negotiation Skills and Ethics”