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Mark E. Tepper

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Mark E. Tepper

900 Front Street,
Suite 350
San Francisco, CA 94111
Main: (415) 438-4600
Direct: (415) 247-5269



Mr. Tepper represents domestic and international clients in a variety of industries, including transportation, real estate, construction, manufacture and retail, import/export, and entrepreneurial enterprises. He handles a broad range of transactional matters, including vessel and other asset purchase and sales, private equity and venture capital due diligence, business entity formation, corporate transactions, and asserting real property ownership rights, as well as all aspects of civil litigation. Mr. Tepper’s counsel is always tailored to meet his client’s unique goals.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Tepper has worked with public, private, and emerging companies and their investors, forming corporate entities in California, Delaware, and Florida, and drafting contracts to implement their business goals. He has also worked extensively with government entities to secure licenses and permits for his transportation and entrepreneurial clients. In the transportation field, Mr. Tepper has counseled a number of companies and individuals on the purchase and sale of vessels, perfecting First Preferred Ship Mortgages for vessel financing, and setting up complex bareboat charter agreements. He has counseled his clients on compliance with regulations governed by the Federal Maritime Commission, U.S. Maritime Administration, California Public Utilities Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Coast Guard, among other agencies.  He has also counseled his clients on environmental regulatory compliance and the lawful avoidance of California Use Tax.

Mr. Tepper has extensive litigation experience. In his maritime practice, he has represented marine employers in Jones Act/Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act personal injury and employment-related disputes, petroleum companies in charter party and fuel contamination disputes, cruise and ferry companies in passenger injury disputes, and recreational boaters in collision and other types of serious injury and hull damage cases. In his real estate practice he has represented property owners in land use disputes, unlawful detainer actions, construction defect cases, and homeowners’ association disputes.

While in law school, Mr. Tepper served as the Managing Editor of the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal. Following his first year, Mr. Tepper interned at the international law firm Gomez Bilbao Abogados, S.L.P., in Bilbao, Spain, where he assisted with the expansion of a Spanish food-processing corporation to the United States.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Tepper worked as a legal assistant at Donahue Gallagher Woods, LLP. Since 1999, Mr. Tepper has been a competitive oarsman and an overall endurance sport enthusiast. During college Mr. Tepper rowed on both the California Men’s Crew and Lightweight Crew teams, and he occasionally still competes for the Marin Rowing Association, where he was first introduced to the sport.

Areas of Practice

  • Transportation and Admiralty
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Real Property
  • Environmental
  • Employment
  • Construction
  • Civil Litigation


  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Membership & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • All Federal District Courts in California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Marin County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association


  • Spanish