New-to-Hagerstown law firm focuses on small businesses

Name of business: Law Firm of Mark Garfinkel

Owner: Mark Garfinkel

Address: 418 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown

Opening date: Jan. 1, 2017

Products and services: The Law Firm of Mark Garfinkel is a general-business law and litigation firm that serves international and domestic clients. Its mission is to help small and mid-size companies grow without risk. Garfinkel is a business and transactional attorney who has 30 years of experience representing entrepreneurs, startups, businesses, investors and nongovernmental organizations with a wide range of business needs. He has been general counsel to several domestic and international companies and has a personal business background in construction, retail, real estate, contracts and information technology. Previously, Garfinkel was the general counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corp. and chief of staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has also been a project manager on a number of government contracts, and he is an experienced mediator.

Target market: Garfinkel’s passion is to help small businesses grow without risk. His goal is to provide affordable, high-quality legal services. The law firm is in the BTM CPA building and is affiliated with BTM’s relationship-based practice, which provides the full range of accounting and tax services. Garfinkel is licensed to practice in Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. He provides free consultations.

How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it?: In 2009, Garfinkel moved from Washington, D.C., to Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where he opened a local practice. In January, he opened his new office in Hagerstown, when BTM acquired another practice and opened at 418 N. Potomac St. He sees Hagerstown as a growing and dynamic city.

Number of employees: Garfinkel is a sole practitioner.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call to make an appointment.

Phone number: 240-603-5673