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Leslie Marks

Leslie Steven Marks is a litigation partner with Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP and manages the litigation department. Mr. Marks’ practice areas include construction, real estate and business litigation. Mr. Marks is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Contractors’ State License Board (CSLB). Mr. Marks frequently lectures on real estate and construction law to the CSLB and numerous trade and non-profit organizations. He has also published several articles on related topics.




Areas of Practice

Real Estate and Commercial Litigation

  • Construction Defect Litigation – representing community associations, homeowners and commercial owners in prosecuting construction defect claims

  • Mechanic’s Liens – prosecuting and defending mechanic’s lien claims on behalf of contractors and owners

  • Mold Claims – advising community associations and individual homeowners in connection with mold related bodily injury and property damage claims

  • Purchase/Sale – representing buyers, sellers and brokers in cases arising from residential, commercial and industrial real estate transactions

  • Property Disputes – counseling parties involved in boundary disputes, eminent domain cases, as well as surety and secured real estate transactions

  • CLSB and Administrative Proceedings – advising licensed contractors in connection with CSLB enforcement proceedings

  • Business Disputes – representing individuals, small to mid-sized corporations, partnerships, sole proprietors and homeowner associations in cases involving monetary damages and injunctive relief

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Arbitrator – AAA Construction and Commercial Panel; CSLB

  • Mediator – serving as private mediator on construction, real estate and business disputes

Articles & Reported Decisions

  • Aas v. Superior Court (2000) 24 Cal. 4th 627 as Amicus Curiae on behalf of the League of California Homeowners.

  • Conversion Experience, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, November 2007 Cover Article

  • Wake-Up Call, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, 22nd Annual Real Estate Ed. 2007

  • Defective Solutions, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, 18th Annual Real Estate Ed. 2003

  • Condolences – Standing to Sue in Construction Defect Litigation, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, 10th Annual Real Estate Ed. 1995

  • Building a Construction Defect Case, Lawyers World, September, October 1995

  • Condominium Association Directors at Risk – Suggestions for Avoiding Personal Tort Liability, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, 5th Annual Real Estate Ed. 1990


  • Juris Doctor (1980), Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California; Dean’s Honor List

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1977), University of California, Los Angeles, California; Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Member of the State Bar of California


  • Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • Member of the Santa Monica Bar Association

Honors & Outside Activities

  • Listed in California Super Lawyers (2012-2016, 2018, 2019)

  • Legal columnist - California Homeowner, official publication of the League of California Homeowners (published quarterly)