Marni Dee Zarin serves as Senior Vice President, Underwriting Counsel and Commercial Closer for Fidelity National Title’s National Commercial Services (NCS) operation in Houston, Texas. Prior to her transition into the title industry, she devoted nearly twenty years of her career as a commercial real estate attorney at three of Houston’s premier firms. Marni represented real estate developers and lenders in all components of commercial real estate development, construction, and financing supervising all aspects of complex closings. Her most notable transactions include a mixed-use community development in Alexandria, Virginia; a mixed-use redevelopment of a well-known Houston shopping center; a 10-state medical office building acquisition; mixed-use development of multiple office buildings; for-sale residential buildings; retail; Washington, D.C. Central Business District hotel; George R. Brown Convention Center hotel and garage development; and a $528 million residential property portfolio sale.

Marni has a B.S. in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is a licensed Texas Department of Insurance Escrow Officer. Marni is a member of the Urban Land Institute and CREW Network. She is a Steering Committee Member of the Commercial Real Estate Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.

Awards, Papers, Seminars, and Community Service:

  • Recognized by Law & Politics as a “Texas Rising Star,” 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Recognized by H Texas as a “Houston Top Lawyer”, 2018
  • Sublease Negotiation Tips, presented at Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute, Houston, Texas, November 10, 2017 (co-presenter Katherine Carmical)
  • Texas Purchase and Sale Issues for Buyers, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer (March 2017) (co-authors John Nolan and Ed Peterson)
  • Leasing Tips: Peculiarities of Medical Leasing, presented at Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute, Houston, Texas, November 9, 2018
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Board Member, 2017-present; Fund for the Jewish Future Grants Committee Member, 2013-present
  • Houston Jewish Community Foundation, Grants Committee, Chair, 2015-2019; Member, 2013-present
  • YES Prep Public Schools, Real Estate and Facilities Committee/Operations and Technology Committee, Member, 2007-2018
  • National Housing Corporation of Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Inc.,Secretary/Treasurer of the Board, 2008-2012; Board Director, 2007-2012

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