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Mark I. Sanders is a member of the Corporate & Business; Resort, Hotel & Hospitality; and Real Estate, Lending & Finance groups in the Atlanta office of Taylor English. His primary focus is on business law.  Mr. Sanders has an extensive background in the areas of real estate and finance, such as securitization and warehousing of vacation ownership receivables, accounts receivable sale and hypothecation/loan transactions, real estate and related asset secured loans and other complex credit facility transactions.  In addition, Mr. Sanders concentrates in hospitality law, including the representation of restaurateurs and related alcohol beverage and other licensing, as well as representation of resort and land developers, to include developers of fractional real estate.  His practice also encompasses general corporate and commercial law, inclusive of business entity formation, contracts, stock/asset sales and purchases, secured transactions, trade practice law, marketing law and litigation counseling related to these practice areas.  He has had experience in a variety of business and finance transactions for both private and public companies, as well as in civil litigation matters including commercial, employment and trade practice disputes.

Mr. Sanders is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Member, Real Property and Business Law Sections), District of Columbia Bar, New York State Bar and American Bar Association (Member, Business Law Section).  He is admitted to practice in all Georgia State and Superior Courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia (Federal Court), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal Court) and the United States Supreme Court.  He is also an accredited member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys and a Chairman’s League member of the American Resort Development Association.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Sanders was a shareholder in a mid-sized Atlanta based law firm where he practiced for the better part of 17 years and was the co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate & Finance group.  He has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest attorney rating of AV® Preeminent™ (5.0 out 5).

Mr. Sanders earned his B.A. in History from the University of Michigan in 1991 and his J.D. cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994, where he was a member of The University of Miami Law Review.

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Moderator, Taylor English Hospitality Law Breakfast Series 2012–2013
  • Speaker, “Show Me the Money: a Menu of Restaurant Finance,” Taylor English Hospitality Law Breakfast Series, Atlanta, GA, March 12, 2013
  • Speaker, Panel Discussion “Liquor Licenses: Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog,” Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 25, 2009
  • Speaker, Panel Discussion “Fractionalizing Individual Homes,” Ragatz Fractional Interest Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 10, 2009
  • Author, Speaker, “Financing the Acquisition and Construction,” Real Estate Development From Beginning to End, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Savannah, GA, June 27, 2008
  • Speaker, Panel Discussion “Opportunities & Lessons Learned in a Mixed Use World,” American Resort Development Association Convention, Las Vegas, NV, April 9, 2008
  • Speaker, Panel Discussion “Fractionalizing One Off Homes,” Ragatz Fractional Interest Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 19, 2008.
  • Author, Speaker, “Development Constraints and Financing the Acquisition and Construction,” Real Estate Development From Beginning to End, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Savannah, GA, June 27, 2007
  • Author, Speaker, “Acquiring Financing,” Fundamentals of Real Estate Development, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Atlanta, GA, June 21, 2005

Publications & Articles

  • Author, "The Availability and Cost of Capital: At the Center of Structuring Developer Fee-Based Service Arrangements," Perspective Magazine, March/April 2014
  • Co-Author, "Lessons From the Marketplace: The Evolution of Developer Financing in Fee-Based Service Arrangements," Developments Magazine, October 2013
  • Author, “Fractional Hotels: The Emerging Hybrid,” Developments Magazine, October 2006

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