Mario is a real estate transactional attorney who represents developers, builders, investors, lenders, and others involved in a wide range of commercial, industrial, residential, hotel, and resort projects. In 1987, he became the first Hispanic managing partner of a Top 50 Los Angeles County law firm and remains a senior member of the firm's Executive Committee today.

Mario's involvement in community activities is long and deep. He has served on the boards of directors of a wide range of legal services and other nonprofit organizations, including the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where he served as President in 1995, Public Counsel, Santa Monica College Foundation, Dale Ride Internship for Achievement of Minority Scholars at Santa Monica College, and the UCLA Law School Dean's Advocates, UCLA Law Founders, and UCLA Foundation Board of Councilors. He is past President of the Century City Chamber of Commerce. He was the youngest President of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges at age 32 and was legal Co-chair of Rebuild LA after the Los Angeles riots in 1992.



Speaking Engagements

Awards & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

AV Preeminent Attorney, Martindale Hubbell, 2018

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2018

Southern California Super Lawyers, Business Edition, 2013-2016

Century City Chamber of Commerce - Citizen of the Year, 2014

Professional Affiliations

Los Angeles County Bar Association

National Association of International Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Association of Real Estate Attorneys

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1973

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1970, cum laude

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