Paul K. Watkins : Commercial Real Estate Attorney, Watkins Blakely Torgerson LLP

Paul K. Watkins Commercial Real Estate Attorney, Watkins Blakely Torgerson LLP

Mr. Watkins’ area of expertise is real estate and contract law. He assists clients in commercial and residential developments, lease negotiations, community association documentation, construction contracts, construction loans and permanent financing, security instruments, loan arrangements and workouts.

Mr. Watkins is an active member of the State Bar of California. He is a former two-term Chair of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Real Estate Law Section, served as an OCBA director, and is a former delegate to the State Bar Conference of Delegates. Mr. Watkins is a former member of the Building Industry Association and is active with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce where he has served as its Chairman of the Board and currently serves on the Chamber’s Executive Committee and numerous Committees and Councils.

Mr. Watkins is the former Vice Chair of the State Bar Real Property Law Section Executive Committee and the former Managing Editor of the California Closing Practices Handbook. He is a regular speaker on panels sponsored by the Continuing Education of the Bar, the State Bar and local bar associations. Mr. Watkins received his undergraduate degree (B.A.), M.B.A. and law degree (J.D.) from the University of Southern California.

James W. Prasch : Sr. Commercial Title Officer, Ticor Title Company of California

James W. Prasch Sr. Commercial Title Officer, Ticor Title Company of California

Mr. Prasch specializes in the processing of commercial title transactions, focused on efficient and timely closings. His 40 + years of experience in the title industry enables him to accurately examine the record title, determine the necessary title insurance products, and handle commercial title orders anywhere in the United States.  Mr. Prasch processes commercial, industrial, apartment and other advanced transactions, and works regularly with attorneys, government representatives at all levels, lenders and escrow officers to reach a successful closing and issuance of final title policies. He is well-versed in an array of commercial transactions including the sale and refinance of new construction, multi-unit apartment complexes, retail, hotel and office buildings.

Mr. Prasch has served at the Los Angeles County Hall of Records, and been affiliated with leading title companies across the United States,  including his current position with Ticor, the title arm of the Fidelity National Title Group (FNTG).  Through its direct operations and agencies, Fidelity National Title Group provides title insurance in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

John Penner : Sr. Managing Director, Valbridge Property Advisors

John Penner Sr. Managing Director, Valbridge Property Advisors

John D. Penner is a Senior Managing Director for Valbridge Property Advisors and has been in the real estate and banking fields for over 30 years. Valbridge Property Advisors is the third largest appraisal firm in the United States, with 67 offices nationwide.  He has completed assignments in many areas of the United States, including working in development and problem loans at the headquarters of Home Savings of America, the largest Savings and Loan institution in the U.S. at the time.  Mr. Penner holds an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Investments from San Diego State University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker, a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and holds a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the ULI.

John's work consists of valuation and counseling for investment & development analysis, workout consultation, portfolio analysis, market studies, reviews, business plans, court testimony and litigation support. Clients include a combination of financial lending institutions, investors, developers, legal and government.



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