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Mechanic’s Lien: The 2023 Landscape - Underwriting & Title Coverage

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Blake Hardwick 

Blake Hardwick serves as Vice President, Senior Underwriting Counsel and Colorado Counsel for National Commercial Services office in Denver, Colorado. In his current role, he leads a group of 15 underwriters and counsel that regularly underwrite mechanic’s lien risk at all phases of construction projects, including ground-up construction, tenant finishes, rehabilitation, and CapEx. 

Prior to joining First American, Blake practiced law at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Phoenix, Arizona and then in Denver, Colorado. During his time at Snell & Wilmer, Blake represented lenders in secured and unsecured loan transactions, with a primary emphasis in commercial real estate banking. 

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The Third in a Six-Part Webinar Series

These 60-minute webinars offer relevant topics to the commercial real estate industry. Be sure to opt-in to receive invites for the future webinars:

July 19 – 1031 Exchange 

August 16 – Title Insurance Overview 

October – Advanced Commercial RE Transactions  – Distressed Transactions

Mechanic’s Lien: The 2023 Landscape - Underwriting & Title Coverage


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Combining a national network of skilled professionals with local expertise and service, we are your trusted partner for commercial real estate transactions. Through service centers located throughout the country, we provide timely, customized solutions for transactions of all sizes, scopes and locations. 

First American Title’s Blake Hardwick and Dan Lopez explore mechanic’s liens in the current environment. Reserve your spot now.

This hour-long CLE includes: 

  • Mechanic’s Lien Key Concepts 
  • Priority
  • Mechanic’s Lien Underwriting & 
    Title Coverage
  • Date of Policy Mechanic’s Lien Coverage
  • Coverage Comparison – DOP-limited vs. Upfront 
  • Distressed and Failed Projects

This presentation may be approved for CLE credit in your state. Please reach out to your First American Title contact for more details. 

Space is limited. 

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Wednesday, June 7
11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET 


CLE is approved in AZ, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, WA & WI. 

CLE is pending in OR & UT.

Due to compliance restrictions, we are unable to offer this webinar to clients located in CA & IA.

 *In compliance with regulations, if you wish to obtain NV CLE credit, a $15 fee will be charged.
*In compliance with regulations, if you wish to attend in WA, a $15 fee will be charged.


Dan Lopez 

Dan Lopez serves as Senior Underwriting Counsel and he is part of the Senior Divisional Underwriting team for National Commercial Services of First American. 

Dan joined First American Title in 2014, prior to which he practiced at Latham & Watkins and Arent Fox (now Arent Fox Shiff), primarily focusing on commercial real estate transactions. 

Dan received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, and is admitted to practice law in Maryland the and District of Columbia.

Dan Lopez