Partner Mark Stender has been serving HFM clients since 1997, using his extensive experience to counsel clients on real estate matters, business planning, and litigation.

Mr. Stender has been involved in a variety of tax-exempt, as well as taxable bond, financing for multifamily and hotel developments, usually as developer’s counsel. He has acted as a consultant to housing non-profits in structuring tax-credit financing for multifamily and single-family projects. In addition, he has negotiated and documented a variety of mortgage transactions, sales and exchanges and leases, and he has represented lenders and borrowers in a number of loan workouts.

For approximately 13 years, Mr. Stender served as special real estate counsel to a large public agency, handling the various real estate matters outlined above, as well as negotiating and documenting the agency’s multi-million dollar line-of-credit for public purpose real estate loans. As a litigator, he has prosecuted and defended judicial foreclosures; real estate and securities fraud cases; mechanics’ lien and stop notice actions; trust contests and elder abuse cases; and probate matters. He also provides estate planning and probate services for his clients.

Mr. Stender was admitted to the Bar in 1982 and joined HFM in 1997. He graduated “with distinction” in 1972 from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was one of fourteen students in his class selected to participate in the Trident Scholar independent research program. After graduation and commissioning, he served as a naval officer for five years.

Awards & Honors

  • San Diego Magazine "Top Lawyers," recognized by Martindale-Hubbell® as an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer (2020)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America- 2024


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association