Instructor – John Mark Stephens

John Mark Stephens

John Mark Stephens brings to Johnson Stephens & Leal over 25 years of both legal and banking experience, as a commercial and real estate lender for a major national bank and a regional lender, as well as representing clients in all areas of real estate finance transactions, including acquisition, development, and leasing of active real estate projects. John Mark also has extensive experience with real estate loan restructuring, workouts, foreclosures and disposition of distressed properties. He also has managed several successful real estate auctions for a national lender. John Mark represents both national and regional lenders and real estate developers in his legal practice. In addition, he has extensive experience in agricultural collection and litigation activities for a subsidiary of a multi-national foreign-owned supplier of agricultural products and services. John Mark obtained a B.B.A. degree in finance from Texas Tech University in 1985. Thereafter, he began his banking career as a commercial and real estate lender with Texas Commerce Bank in Houston, successfully completing the Robert Morris Associates credit analysis school, and continued his banking career with Chemical Bank and Chase Bank in Houston, and American State Bank in Lubbock. John Mark earned a Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2000, with magna cum laude honors. John Mark was an editor with the Texas Tech Law Review and his extensive analysis of the 2001 UCC revisions regarding agricultural liens was published in the Texas Tech Law Review. John Mark also served as senior editor of the Texas Tech Banking Journal and received high honors in numerous courses. John Mark is a graduate of the Southern Methodist Southwestern School Graduate School of Banking. John Mark is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Mortgage Bankers Association. He is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Courts and Federal Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.
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