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Mark H. Taupeka was born July 29, 1967 in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. He grew up in a New Jersey suburb of New York City where his father worked on Wall Street in New York City. He moved to Fairhope, Alabama in the first grade when his father purchased Emperor Clock Company, at the time the world’s largest manufacturer of grandfather clock kits. Mark attended Bayside Academy preparatory school in Daphne, Alabama until he transferred to St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama where he graduated valedictorian in 1985. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida where he graduated with High Honors in 1989.
Mark began his career with Andersen Consulting, which later became Accenture, in Tampa, Florida. After three years, he attended law school at the University of Alabama where he attained his Juris Doctor degree in 1995. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar later that year. Mark accepted employment in Atlanta, Georgia with the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP where he was a multi-state corporate tax advisor. Mark was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1997. After a quick promotion to Manager, Mark joined KPMG LLP’s Atlanta office in 2002 where he was promoted to Senior Manager. In 2004, Mark and his family, wife and two young sons, moved to Mobile Bay’s eastern shore where Mark worked in his family’s real estate business. Mark remains a Director, Vice President and General Counsel for Taupeka & Co., Inc. In 2007, Mark joined what was then Blackburn & Conner, P.C. After five years, he became a partner, and the firm name changed to Blackburn, Conner & Taupeka, P.C. In 2015, Mark opened his solo practice Taupeka Law, LLC. He also co-founded Orange Beach Title, LLC. Both are located in Orange Beach, Alabama. Today Orange Beach Title, LLC is owned by Mark and his wife Kathleen. Emsley Lambert is Mark’s closing manager, legal assistant and all-around right-hand person.
Mark is licensed to practice in all state courts in Alabama, as well as the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts in Mobile. Mark has extensive trial experience involving real estate matters, particularly condominiums. In addition to court appearances, Mark has represented clients in scores of arbitrations. Mark has extensive transactional experience, assisting clients in negotiation, due diligence, document preparation and review, and ultimately closing. Mark helps clients form companies and navigate processes in probate court and with the Alabama Secretary of State. Mark holds a real estate sales person’s license with the Alabama Real Estate Commission and has represented brokers and agents before the Commission. Mark also holds a title insurance agent’s license with the Alabama Department of Insurance. Mark is certified in general civil and appellate mediation. He is on the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution (the administrative arm of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution) Roster of Mediators and Arbitrators.
When Mark is not serving the legal services needs of his beloved Baldwin County, he enjoys spending time with his family and simply being outdoors whether boating, playing ball with his sons, running or playing tennis. Mark has run four marathons (New York, Chicago and twice San Diego) and participated in USTA state tournaments in Alabama. Mark and his family attend Three Circle Church in Fairhope, Alabama.
Kathleen is a native of Atlanta, GA. and a graduate from the University of Alabama with a degree in Advertising and Fine Art. She and her husband Mark have lived in Alabama for the past 12 years with their 2 sons. Kathleen loves being on the water, playing tennis, and designing interiors and graphics.
Emsley is from both Monroe and Conecuh County. She is a graduate from Troy University where she earned her degree in Global Marketing. Emsley loves spending her free time at the beach and exploring all that beautiful South Baldwin has to offer.
Savannah is originally from Evergreen, Alabama. She has previous experience in customer service and management. She has been in the Orange Beach area for five years now and loves everything about the area. During her free time, you can find her on the beach, hitting the bike trails or spending time
with her four dogs.
Nicole has called the Eastern Shore her home for over 13 years, although originally from Mobile. She has a background in business administration, owning and operating her own business offering administrative services to a variety of businesses and industries. Nicole and her husband Brett, have stayed busy raising 4 active children. With the youngest now being 13, she is excited to start a new journey in the real estate industry at the beach! She enjoys traveling with her husband, dining at her family's restaurants and spending time with their rescue dog, Toto.
Why it is beneficial to have an attorney at your closing…
Buyers and sellers alike can often find the closing process confusing, daunting and intimidating. There are numerous documents to prepare, sign and record, as well as provisions to make for taxes, insurance, homeowner or condominium assessments, etc. Here at Orange Beach Title, we work closely with realtors, lenders and their clients to make sure that all documents are handled according to the law, in addition to having an experienced, licensed, practicing attorney in Mark H. Taupeka present to explain the meaning of the formal language and terms, and to handle any questions or situations that may arise.
OBT serves real estate agents and brokers; home buyers and sellers; real property investors; national, regional and local banks, credit unions and other lenders; builders and developers. Our office issues title insurance policies to protect the interests of property owners and mortgage holders on residential and commercial property sales, new construction and refinancings.
We would love to handle your next closing! Call our team today! 251-301-1000
Ashley is from the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee, and has called the Alabama Gulf Coast home since moving here in the fall of 2013. She began working for a real estate attorney in the year 1994 while still in college, and has worked in the legal profession since that time, with 16 of those years being dedicated to real estate closings. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys cooking, refinishing furniture, checking out local festivals, watching the spectacular sunsets over the beaches and Mobile Bay, and spending time with her husband, 2 sons and 2 spoiled puppy dogs.