Mark S. Rattner was a Partner with the Firm for over 20 years and is now Of Counsel and continues to be a leader in the Financial Institutions Group.
Commercial finance transactions are complex affairs, and that is why financial institutions in New Jersey often turn to Mark. New Jersey lenders know that he not only provides the kind of attention to detail that their matters require; they also know about his reputation as a lawyer who gives full attention to any transaction he is handling. Mark is known as a lawyer who takes ownership of the deal.
Mark handles all aspects of commercial lending transactions, including working-capital loans, mortgages, construction loans, letters of credit and asset-based transactions. He also has significant expertise, developed during the economic downturn of the early 1990s, in restructuring troubled loans and financings. His clients include such top financial institutions as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Merrill Lynch.
Mark has had a hand in some of New Jersey’s most important construction projects and business deals. He has been involved in the transactions that have resulted in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, the construction of the luxury boxes in Giants Stadium, and the purchase of the New Jersey Devils.
Before joining the Firm, Mark served as Law Secretary to Justice Worrall Mountain of the New Jersey Supreme Court (1976-1977) and thereafter as Deputy Attorney General, representing the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance and the New Jersey Division of Taxation (1977-1981).
Areas of Emphasis
Secured and Unsecured Commercial Finance Transactions
Asset Based Lending
Commercial Real Estate Lending
Loan Workouts / Restructurings / Foreclosures
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1976
Northeastern University, B.A., with honors, 1972
Former Board member, New Jersey Bar Association, Banking Law Section
Former adjunct professor, Rutgers School of Law, where he taught a course in secured transactions
Frequent author in legal periodicals
Rankings & Recognitions
Since 2020, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has included Mark in its publications in Band One in the field of Banking and Finance. Chambers notes that Mark “receives praise for his commercial lending practice and for his work representing financial institutions.” Sources say “he is a well-respected attorney” and “a very good technician and a well-prepared lawyer who is timely and effective.”
Mark received the Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” award for Corporate Law in 2015, 2018, and 2020, and the “Lawyer of the Year” award for Banking and Finance Law in 2016 in the Newark region. “Lawyer of the Year” honors are given to a single attorney in a particular practice area in each region once per year. In addition, Mark has been included in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Banking and Finance Law and Corporate Law since 2007.
Thomson Reuters has included Mark on its “Super Lawyers” list since 2006.
See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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