Law Office of Mark A. Garfinkel, Esq.

                    Business Law and Litigation



FIRM PHILOSOPHY

High PQR - Strategic Business Counseling - Free Legal Consultation


HIGH  PQR


Properly allocating scarce resources can mean the difference between success and failure.  Our goal is to provide companies and individuals with affordable high quality legal services.  My firm’s services carry a very high price to quality ratio, meaning that we provide the same quality, experience and service that you would find in a large or medium size law firm.   Our fees, however, are less than half of what you would pay for their services.  We do this by keeping our overhead minimal and, when necessary, working with a select group of small boutique firms and solo practitioners.

 

Over the years, I have managed a very sophisticated in-house law practice.  I have also managed the outsourcing of millions of dollars in legal services to some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world.  Having been a general counsel for many companies during my career, I am very familar with the day to day needs of growing companies that are not yet in a postion to hire full time in-house counsel.  I assure you that when you compare the quality, expertise and service that you get from my firm for legal services, you will be more than pleased with the value you get.

In law, like in other areas of business, "bigger is not always better". Often times people are mislead by the notion that hiring the biggest law firm and paying their enormous fees increases their chance of success. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many large law firms are billing machines that are incapable of giving you accurate cost estimates.  

BUSINESS MINDED STRATEGIC COUNSELING 

Attorneys must bring more than good legal skills to the table. I enjoy working closely with my clients and make it a point to understand how their businesses operate and specific goals on each potential legal matter.  I have years of experience as general counsel providing strategic counseling to large and small companies   I understand that legal issues and litigation divert resources and detract from management’s ability to grow their companies. I will help you prevent disputes in advance by helping you develop strategies to mitigate risk, set up internal controls and address compliance issues.


When an amicable solution to a business dispute does not look possible, I will carefully evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of your claim, as well as your anticipated defenses. This emphasis on strategic planning enables me to offer you a realistic assessment of your leverage and your chances of prevailing in litigation.  I pride myself on helping my clients develop leverage before battle.   I am a practical business minded problem solver.

We never run the meter when it is not in your best interest without a full discussion beforehand.  I have many conversations with my clients at no charge which are directly against my own billing interest.  Most legal fights can be settled but are not because bitterness and anger cloud the ability to perform an accurate cost benefit analysis.

SENSITIVE TO YOUR BUDGET

We recognize companies are concerned about legal fees disproportionate to the amount in dispute or to the effort actually required. By paying special attention to the economics of each matter, we deliver efficient, quality representation.  We are flexible on billing arrangements and much of what we do is on a retainer or flat fee basis, where you know what you will be paying in advance. 

 

Cost is a key factor for everyone, millionaire and blue collar worker alike.  That is why in a city where others are charging $400 and more per hour, our regular hourly rate is $250.  You  simply will not get better service, experience or results for this price. Keeping your costs as low as possible is a key goal we have for your case. I know it is hard to believe, but we are not greedy!
 

A DIFFERENT APPROACH

 

We understand that legal considerations don’t control every business decision. We will look with you at every problem in its context to find its solution. If it means hard-nosed litigation, we will do it. If the problem lends itself better to mediation or negotiation, we will use those tools instead. If the solution calls for a special skill we do not offer, we will find the right person for it. Our focus is on what works for our clients. We know our services must contribute to your profitability and success. We know we have succeeded when you come back for our advice or refer or recommend your colleagues to us.

 

LETS TALK

 

Free Legal consultations - my initial consultations are always free.  Please pick up the phone and call me, or you can email if you prefer.  I am always willing to discuss new matters with potential clients.  One of the things I enjoy most about the practice of law is helping clients find “hidden” solutions to problems.  In many instances, I will help clients on matters which most other firms may turn away based solely on financial considerations, or based upon preservation of egotistical "win/loss" records.

 

 

 

 

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