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David A. Martinez is a seasoned commercial and residential real estate attorney with particular experience in title insurance. David is highly respected for his legal acumen and approach to resolving a client’s issue in a practical way, qualities that have attributed to him being recognized by his peers as one of the top real estate attorneys in New Orleans through his inclusion in Best Lawyers in America.

“Through experience I have learned that most people are all fired up about their case, but after they have spent a lot of money on winning they may not feel like they have gained anything,” says David. “That is why I thoroughly analyze each client’s case from both a legal and practical perspective from the very beginning. When I give my clients an answer I am confident that my opinion will accomplish what they are trying to accomplish while saving them time and money.”

David has been with Steeg Law since 2003, where he coordinates title insurance for numerous commercial and residential transactions, including hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, convenience store chains, and multi-state sales and loan closings, as well as homeowners’ purchases and refinance mortgage transactions.

His practice areas include title examinations, title insurance law and secured transactions. In addition to providing title insurance for closings handled through Steeg Law, as a title attorney with Orleans Title, the firm’s in-house title insurance agency, he works with the national accounts offices of its underwriters, First American Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Chicago Title Insurance Company, and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, acting as the Louisiana title agent for multi-site/multi-state transactions, including the sale or refinancing of entire portfolios of commercial properties.

Representative Transactions and Cases

  • Represented borrower in refinance of existing $18,000,000 loan secured by industrial facilities in Arizona and Louisiana, including construction loan proceeds for a new warehouse facility in Louisiana
  • Represented lender in a $4,800,000 loan transaction to a shipbuilding and repair company, secured by a mortgage on its facilities and by a UCC security interest in its equipment, accounts, inventory, and other movable property
  • Represented borrower in refinance of existing $18,000,000 loan secured by industrial facilities in Arizona and Louisiana, including construction loan proceeds for a new warehouse facility in Louisiana
  • Title work for refinancing of multi-million dollar office building in Jefferson Parish
  • Amendment of private servitude for roadway and utilities for major development in Jefferson Parish
  • Purchase and development of site for company-owned office building in Jefferson Parish

Professional Activities

  • Member, New Orleans and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association Real Property Committee
  • Former Member, Urban Land Institute Louisiana
  • Former Member, Westbank Rotary Club

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America – Real Estate Law (2013-2024)
  • New Orleans Magazine – Top Lawyers in Real Estate Law
  • Tulane University, cum laude graduate
  • Loyola University School of Law, Moot Court

Panels and Presentations

  • November 2016: co-presenter, “Historial Titles: Batture & Batture Rights – A Title Examiner’s Perspective,” Louisiana Land Title Association
  • December 19, 2013: co-presenter, CLE entitled “Real Estate and Title Litigation,” New Orleans Bar Association
  • August 2011: presenter “Endorsements and Survey,” Lorman Education Services CLE “Title Examination” seminar.
  • October 2010: co-presenter “Navigating the Recordation and Title Search Systems,” ABA CLE program “Getting on Solid Ground with the Basics: The How To’s of Real Estate Law.”

Civic and Community

  • Former Commissioner, Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish

Special Experience

  • Licensed Title Insurance Agent
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John J. Molaison, Sr. and Calvin Hotard, 2nd Parish Court for the Parish of Jefferson (1994-1996)
  • In-House Counsel (real estate) for First National Bank of Commerce
  • Assistant Examiner for the Louisiana State Bar exam

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