Mark Tarango

Lecturer in Law

  • B.A. UCLA, 1993
  • J.D. UCLA School of Law, 1997

Mark Tarango co-teaches Corporate Practice Clinic. His research and teaching interests are primarily in business transactions and business law. He is currently a partner and co-founder of DTO Law located in Los Angeles. DTO Law is a boutique litigation and transactional law firm. Mr. Tarango most recently spent fourteen years at Toyota Motor Credit Corporation where as Managing Counsel he managed lawyers and paralegals and oversaw all legal aspects of the company’s $16B commercial loan and equipment lease portfolios. Mr. Tarango also supported technology license/supplier agreements, company real property leases and consumer finance regulatory matters.

Mr. Tarango has spent much of his in-house career focused on effectively implementing strategic initiatives across the modern-day corporation. Among his notable accomplishments, Mr. Tarango led a company-wide legal work-function realignment to shift low-cost repetitive legal operations work from the legal department into the business. The project resulted in $500,000 annual cost savings to the company. He also led the roll out of new loan documents, master service agreement modular contracts and smart-tool intake forms, leveraging various new legal technologies and process designs along the way.

Mr. Tarango received his B.A. with Honors from UCLA, and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. After law school, he was an associate with Baker & Hostetler LLP, and Morrison & Foerster, LLP where he practiced real estate law, hospitality law and finance.

Mr. Tarango served on the Board of Advisors and other committee roles for the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). He has also previously served as a volunteer with the Los Angeles Team Mentoring and Public Counsel programs.