J. Mark Lovelace is a Director and a member of the Firm’s Financial Institutions, Real Estate and Energy and Natural Resources Practice Groups. He is a graduate of Duke University (B.A., cum laude, 1976) and the University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D. 1982). He is admitted to practice in both Oklahoma and Texas as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. He is a founding director of the Firm.
Mark has practiced in banking law his entire career, having started at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Penn Square Bank receivership in Oklahoma City during a historic downturn in the local energy economy. He went on to the private sector and is regularly engaged by bankers to handle commercial loan transactions of all types, ranging from new extensions of credit to loan workouts and debt restructurings, and to counsel them in the best and worst of circumstances. Mark has also worked in numerous multi-bank and multi-state loan transactions. He has shared his expertise with other attorneys by contributing to American Bar Association publications on commercial lending law and the law of guaranties and giving presentations on commercial transactions at Oklahoma Bar Association seminars. He is participating in the preparation of the Oklahoma Comments to recent amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code.
In addition to banking law, Mark has a well-rounded transactional practice with work on many business acquisitions and divestitures, real estate sales and purchases and title insurance matters. He also serves the energy sector in Oklahoma as an experienced oil and gas title examiner.
Mark is a member of the Board of Directors of Chamber Music in Oklahoma. He and his wife, Kristen, have established and are continuing supporters of a nursing scholarship at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Originally from Texas, Lovelace lives in Oklahoma City with Kristen, a registered nurse, and enjoys music of all kinds as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Texas Rangers and the Oklahoma and Duke football programs.
- Duke University (B.A., cum laude, 1976)
- University of Oklahoma (J.D., 1982)
- 1982, Oklahoma
- 1985, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
- 2012, Texas