+ Education

University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1997
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., with honors, 1993

+ Speaking Engagements

Panelist, ACC, Contracts Hack-A-Thon, 2014
Panelist, NAMWOLF, UCC Secured Lending, 2015

+ Prior Affiliations

Sanchez & Amador, LLP, 2017-19
Toyota Motor Credit Corporation, 2003-17
Morrison & Foerster LLP, 2000-03
Baker & Hostetler LLP, 1997–2000

+ Civic Involvement

Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Law, Fall 2014 – Present, co-developed and co-teaches The Corporate Practice Clinic
Volunteer Member, Los Angeles Team Mentoring

+ Bar Admissions

Admitted in California and Arizona

+ Professional Affiliations

Hispanic National Bar Association, Member

+ Contact

Direct: (213) 335-7017

Marcos “Mark” M. Tarango has twenty years of in-house and AmLaw 100 law firm experience representing automotive and commercial lenders. Mark spent fourteen years as Managing Counsel at Toyota Motor Credit Corporation, where he provided legal advice to senior management and managed attorneys and legal staff overseeing a $16 billon commercial loan portfolio consisting of inventory loans, real estate loans, construction loans, construction loan administration, syndicated and participated loans and distressed assets. Mark was also divisional General Counsel at Toyota for its $2 billion equipment finance division. 

Mark’s practice focuses on structuring, negotiation and documentation of secured lending transactions, troubled debt restructuring and retail installment and vehicle and equipment lease financings. Mark has unique experience with automobile dealership inventory defaults and workouts serving as the lead in-house attorney at Toyota in that area where he provided extensive counseling to clients on lender liability issues. Mark assisted in the development of loan origination, special asset and risk management lending policies and procedures while at Toyota. Mark also has extensive experience negotiating and documenting technology, consulting, license, business process outsourcing and confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements. Among his notable accomplishments, Mark led a company-wide process realignment to shift low-cost repetitive legal operations work from the legal department into the business, which resulted in $500,000 annual cost savings to the client. Mark also led the roll out of new loan documents, master service agreement modular contracts and smart-tools intake forms for use by business. 

Mark is an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Law School, where he co-developed the Corporate In-House Clinic, a class designed to provide students with live-client clinical work experience. Mark also has conducted multi-day training programs to clients on lending best practices and workouts, and has presented to lawyers on a wide range of legal topics.