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Mark Saltzman has been the lead attorney for litigation and transactions, since 1991. After finishing his graduate degree in business, he worked for small companies and a major NYSE corporation in the field of sales and marketing management. Then, he went back to school to obtain his juris doctorate. Mark Saltzman has found that his graduate business education taught him how to responsibly take risks, while his law school education emphasized how to responsibly avoid risks. In the real world, it takes the mind of the businessperson, tempered by the perspective of the attorney to keep one’s business flowing. Having both business and legal training has enabled Mark Saltzman to actually become an integral part of his clients’ management teams.
When not managing Saltzman & Associates, PLC, Mark Saltzman sits as a Judge Pro Tempore with the Superior Court of California. In that capacity, he has been the judge in thousands of matters involving small claims, unlawful detainer, non-jury civil trials, and traffic court. He has also had the pleasure of serving as an Adjunct Professor in the Law Department at West Los Angeles College, where he has taught courses in a wide variety of legal fields.
Business litigation is the core of our practice. In the courts throughout California, we fight for the rights of our business clients. The litigations have involved wrongful competition; unfair business practices; breaches of contracts; infringement on intellectual property rights; actions against government entities; specific performance of contracts; international letters of credit; and innumerable other areas of business litigation.
Our office has successfully litigated against the largest and the smallest of law firms in America. When it comes to law, size does not matter. What matters is whether the attorney is competent, aggressive and ethical. To that end, our clients enjoy certain features that are not available at many law firms, such as:
1. Only one attorney charges for any particular task. Unlike many other firms, a client will never receive a bill for two or even three attorneys who participated in drafting a paper for court.
2. No charge for telephone calls, when the client is calling for a case update. Our clients have a right to know about their cases. More importantly, we want to keep the communication flowing between our office and our clients.
3. Travel expenses are kept to a minimum. Too often, the mega-firm lawyer insists on flying first class and staying in top notch suites because it would be beneath him or her to travel as most business people travel? We do not believe such a practice is in a client’s best interest. When we travel for a client’s case, we travel at a business class level and pass on all discounts which we have available to us, through our professional affiliations. Also, if we are traveling on a particular client’s case, but work on another client’s case while on the trip, we do not charge double. Our client’s pay only for what they receive.
4. We litigate aggressively, but do not bring useless motions and court proceedings, just to “milk” the case for fees. At every stage of litigation, the attorney must make decisions about what must be done. We look to achieving the client’s goals, without spending inappropriate amounts of money. Case-in-point: In a recent case, our office represented one corporation and six individuals. The other side consisted of one corporation and one individual. The case was hard fought for well over a year, with depositions being taken all over the country and court hearings occurring, sometimes, several times a month. At a settlement conference in the case, each party disclosed the amount that was spent on legal fees and costs. My client’s fees exceeded $120,000. Ouch, we thought. The other side’s fees exceeded $900,000! Both sides were at the same hearings. We traveled to the same depositions. We were all working on the same case. Somehow, though, the other side’s costs were seven and one-half times my clients’ costs. Why? Good decisions by one side and bad decisions by the other. You choose your side.