Childhood friends Mark DePaco ’94 and David Tappeiner have realized a long-held career dream together, jointly founding and opening their own law practice, DT Law Partners, in downtown Santa Barbara, a block from the landmark county courthouse.
“After years of planning and preparation, we are thrilled to be launching this law practice in service of our beloved community,” said DePaco. “David and I look forward to continuing to assist Santa Barbara’s businesses and families with their legal needs.”
For the past two decades, the Santa Barbara natives have climbed the ranks of the legal profession, earning recognition as top attorneys in corporate law and estate planning, trust, and probate law.
DT Law Partners combines the two attorneys’ talents to offer a wide range of services. DePaco’s legal practice focuses on corporate transactions, including securities offerings, debt and equity raises, mergers and acquisitions, and all matters related to corporate and business growth. He operates as outside general counsel to companies of all types and phases of development, and counts angel investors, investment companies, funds and family offices among his clients.
DePaco earned his B.A. degree in political science and received a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 1998. Prior to founding DT Law Partners, he was a partner at Fell Marking in Santa Barbara, for ten years. He began his legal career locally as an associate with Hatch & Parent and transitioned shortly thereafter to Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth P.C., helping to establish their Santa Barbara office. DePaco then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, and spent eleven years there, practicing and growing his business at MBV Law LLP, before deciding to make the move back to his hometown of Santa Barbara.
DePaco currently serves on the board of the Dream Foundation, is actively involved with youth sports, and, along with his wife, is raising four young, active children.