E. David Marks

Top rated Real Estate attorney in Mountain View, California

GCA Law Partners LLP
E. David Marks
GCA Law Partners LLP

Practice Areas: Real Estate, Construction Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in California since: 1988

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013, 2016 - 2023

GCA Law Partners LLP

2570 W. El Camino Real
Suite 400
Mountain View, CA 94040 Visit website


David Marks is a partner at GCA Law Partners LLP. From the firm's office in Mountain View, California, he focuses his practice on real estate litigation and transactions for his clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The types of matters that Mr. Marks has handled include commercial and residential real estate purchases and sales, construction defects, lease disputes, unlawful detainers, title and easement controversies, construction contract breaches, the preparation and review of leases and purchase contracts, and broker professional liability. A tenacious litigator, he is also trained in arbitration and mediation, and he often pursues some of these cases through one of those alternative dispute resolution methods. Mr. Marks has also been approved as a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a mediator for the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

Mr. Marks received a Bachelor of Arts with departmental honors from Stanford University in 1984. Remaining in the Bay Area, he went on to pursue his legal education at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1988.  Mr. Marks was a partner at Miller, Starr & Regalia before joining GCA Law Partners LLP in August 2011. Admitted to practice before all California state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Mr. Marks has had several articles appear in a variety of publications. Some of the topics that he has written on have included construction defect litigation, mechanic's liens, real estate disclosure, and real estate fraud.

Highly regarded by his fellow attorneys for his superb track record and high degree of ethics, Mr. Marks has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Real Estate: Consumer, Construction Litigation: Consumer, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Focus areas

Arbitration, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Construction Defects, Landlord/Tenant, Mediation, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale

  • 40% Real Estate: Consumer
  • 40% Construction Litigation: Consumer
  • 20% Alternative Dispute Resolution

First Admitted: 1988, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.gcalaw.com/attorneys/e-david-marks/

Educational Background:
  • Stanford University, BA with Departmental Honors, 1984
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Managing Disclosure Liability Issues”, CRB.com, May 2009
  • Co-author of Chapter 4 (Regulation of Real Estate and Mortgage) Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 3d, treatise, 2010
  • “Amending Your Association’s Project Documents,” ECHO, Vol. 20, #2, February, 1992
  • “A Primer: Mechanic’s Liens, Stop Notices and Payment Bonds,” 18 CEB Real Property Law Reporter 173, May, 1995
  • Contributor to “Advising California Common Interest Developments,” CEB, 2003
  • “Construction Defect Litigation: The Playing Field has Changed, A Navigational Guide to Senate Bill 800,” 26 CEB Real Property Law Reporter 3, May, 2003
  • “Damages May be Broader Than You Think: Civil Code section 3343 may not apply to all cases of fraud in real estate transactions.” Miller Starr Regalia Developments, 2006
  • “Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Disclosure”, Realtor Magazine, October 2008
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer, 2011-2013, 2016, 2017
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Named to California Association of Realtors Mediation Panel, 2015
  • 40 hours mediation training and California Association of Realtor's specialized mediation training
Representative Clients:
  • Panel member California Association of Realtors mediation panel., 2020
  • Negotiated and prepared contract for the purchase of a partially built home that needed to be completed.  Purchase price of $25 million., 2021
  • AAA Panel member construction/real estate arbitrator and mediator., 2021
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Santa Clara Superior Court, Early Neutral Evaluator
  • Santa Clara Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member
  • Stanford Professionals in Real Estate, Member
Industry Groups:
  • Former Co Chair Litigation Subsection Of The Real Estate Section Of The California State Bar

Office location for E. David Marks

2570 W. El Camino Real
Suite 400
Mountain View, CA 94040

Phone: 650-966-7225


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013, 2016 - 2023

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