Mark S. Blackman
Of Counsel

Contact information:

Encino Office Park
6345 Balboa Boulevard
Suite I-300
Encino, CA 91316-1523
Tel: (818) 881-5000
Fax: (818) 881-1150


About Mark S. Blackman

Mark enjoys traveling with his wife and their friends. In his free time, Mark enjoys bicycling and teaching indoor cycling (spin) classes.


Mark is active in various community organizations and projects including starting the Blanket the Homeless project for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, collecting turkeys for needy families at Thanksgiving and supporting local arts programs through the Valley Cultural Center.

Mark S. Blackman

Mark S. Blackman Of Counsel

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Mark Blackman, a partner with the firm, handles all types of litigation and compliance matters involving lending laws, creditors’ rights and title disputes from manufactured housing and real estate foreclosures to bankruptcy, unlawful detainer (landlord-tenant) and collection/creditor’s rights matters. Mark frequently speaks to organizations regarding foreclosure related laws, manufactured housing law, real estate law and bankruptcy matters.


Keeping in mind the complex realities in foreclosures, manufactured housing and real and personal property collateral disputes, Mark works with his clients to develop a clear understanding of their business goals focusing on creating quick and economical solutions.


Practice Focus

  • Business and Real estate
  • Creditor’s Rights In Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • State Creditor’s rights
  • Lending laws and real estate compliance
  • Foreclosures/Wrongful foreclosure litigation/Foreclosure Law compliance
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Manufactured housing
  • Real Estate and Manufactured Housing Title Disputes


Representative Experience

  • Successfully litigated a dispute for a major national lender regarding real estate lien priority disputes and rights to surplus funds after foreclosure. The ensuing Court of Appeal decision in the client’s favor set the standard for determining real estate lien priorities.
  • Drafted loan and foreclosure documents assisting financial institution clients to assure compliance with California real estate and lending laws including the California Finance Lender’s Law, the Mobilehome-Manufactured Housing Act and the California Homeowner’s Bill of Rights.
  • Successfully defended a wrongful manufactured home foreclosure case where the debtors intentionally refused to make loan payments due to a dispute with a manufactured home dealer’s home installation. Debtors then asserted that the lender had improperly foreclosed on the home and mishandled the actual foreclosure sale.
  • Assisted manufactured housing lenders resolve titling disputes and reinstate their security interests by working with state and local governmental officials to successfully unwind borrower’s wrongful conversion of personal property manufactured homes.
  • Successfully represented lenders and loan servicers to protect their collateral in Federal and State Courts where borrowers had committed loan fraud and bankruptcy court fraud. Worked with the FBI on fraudulent state court and bankruptcy court filings by an unscrupulous debtor.
  • Frequently litigate lien stripping and property valuation cases in Bankruptcy Court.
  • Successfully handled interpleader actions for foreclosure companies.
  • Advised foreclosure trustees and financial institutions on lending and state compliance issues.


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  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, 1982
  • Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, 1985



  • California State Bar
  • Nevada State Bar
  • Admitted to practice in all United States District Courts in California and Nevada



  • Fernando Award, Nominee (2007) – A lifetime achievement award presented annually to a nominee who has served the community through extensive volunteering with charitable organizations.
  • President of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association 1999 – 2000. Continued leadership roles through the present.
  • Blanket the Homeless (SFVBA) (1997 – Present) – Fund raising organization which has purchased and distributed over 50,000 blankets through multiple charitable organizations.
  • Blanket the Homeless (Clark County Bar Association), 2016 – Present
  • Clark County Bar Association – Community Service Member, 2015 – Present
  • Valley Cultural Center (2006 – Present), VCC raises funds for arts projects in the SFV. Served as Chair of various committees and fund raising
  • Pass the Turkey (2003 – Present), Grassroots organization that collects turkeys and distributes them to local charitable organizations and food banks.
  • Spinning Nation (2008 and 2009), Light the Night (2009) and Habitat for Humanity/Habitat for Heroes (2012) Fundraisers – Organized four separate Indoor Cycling charitable events raising over $35,000 distributed to major cancer charities
  • Valley Community Legal Foundation (2000-2008) – Board of Directors, Secretary and fundraising Co-chair.

Recent Articles

  • “In Re Perl: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal Permits A Sheriff to Enforce An Entered Judgment for Possession,” United Trustees Association Quarterly, 2016
  • “California Enacts Homeowners’ Bill of Rights,”’ United Trustees Association Quarterly, 2012
  • “California Enacts Homeowners’ Bill of Rights,”’ Valley Lawyer, 2012
  • “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights Opens Door to Frivolous Lawsuits,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2012
  • “Bankruptcy Court Decisions Limit Debtor’s Lien Stripping Options under Chapter 13,”’ United Trustees Association Quarterly, 2011
  • “U.S. Supreme Court decision in United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa,” United Trustees Association Quarterly, 2010
  • “Sorting Out Lien Priority,” Los Angeles Daily Journal and United Trustee Association Quarterly, 2009
  • “Loan Stars” (California Foreclosure Moratorium Legislation), Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2009
  • “In re Hwang,” United Trustees Association Quarterly, 2009
  • “Lending a Hand” (Emergency Foreclosure Legislation in California), Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2008


Recent Presentations

  • United Trustees Association Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar, Annual Bankruptcy Update, 2014 – 2016
  • United Trustees Association, Webinar and Seminar on Enactment of Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Regulations, 2014
  • California County Counsels’ Association Meeting, Dealing with improperly issued Mobilehome Foundation Permits and Title Correction, 2013
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Real Property Law Section Meeting, California Homeowner’s Bill of Rights, 2013
  • “California Enacts Homeowners’ Bill of Rights,”’ United Trustees Association Quarterly, 2012
  • United Trustees Association Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar, Annual Bankruptcy Update, 2012
  • United Trustees Association Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar, Annual Bankruptcy Update and Manufactured Home Foreclosure Law, 2011
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association – Mortgage Meltdown, 2011
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association – Foreclosure Program, 2009
  • United Trustees Association, Annual Bankruptcy Update for Trustees and Attorneys, 2008
  • United Trustees Association, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Issues, Mobilehome Foreclosures under California Law, 2006



Mark’s Favorite Quote:

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” John Wooden