The Dark Side of Entrepreneurialism

Avoid partnership disputes.  A good operating, shareholder or partnership agreement coupled with a compensation agreement will set expectations.  Never sign organizational documents without a careful review. If things still go awry, Garfinkel Law can help you understand your options and find the leverage you need - whether you settle or fight.

About Us

Mark A. Garfinkel, Esq.


 Our founding partner, Mark Garfinkel is admitted to practice in WDC, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Mark has been General Counsel of a number of private companies as well as GC of the USG's Overseas Private Investment Corporation  in WDC (  For more information, see  Mark's Bio

Business Law and Litigation


 We are a  general business and commercial law and litigation firm that serves both international and domestic clients. We help small and mid-size companies grow without risk.    We handle a wide range of business related, transactional and employment matters, and also provide representation in injury and negligence cases.  See our Practice Areas. We offer big firm quality and service at reasonable prices.  To us, every client matters. 

Free Consultations


Need a business lawyer in Hagerstown, Frederick or WV?  Buying a business?  Investing in a business deal?   Think you are headed towards litigation? Involved in a business or partnership dispute?  Email Mark or come see us for a free assessment.  Mark gives all potential clients a free 30 minute F2F consultation.  You can also email him directly at See How to Prepare for a Free Consultation.   



Legal decisions have tax consequences.  Mark works closely with BTM CPA, PLLC.   BTM's relationship based practice includes the full range of accounting and tax services as well as business consulting and management services, estate planning, employee benefit plans and litigation support.  Mark provides legal services for many of BTM's clients in Hagerstown and in their West Virginia locations.  For more information about BTM see

Contact Us



Our two offices are located about an hour outside the WDC metro area, in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and in Hagerstown, Maryland.  We are approximately 30 minutes from Frederick, MD and Martinsburg, WV.  Call or email Mark for an appointment or consultation.  See  below for office addresses and directions.

General Counsel Services


 As outsourced part-time general counsel, Mark operates as a member of your business management team, rendering strategic legal advice, handling litigation and transactional matters, and servicing your day-to-day legal needs.  It takes years of experience to know how to manage the complex array of often high risk legal matters that arise in various industries.  Mark has that experience. 

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Please email or call Mark at (240) 603-5673  if you have questions or want to set up an appointment.  If you are wanting to set up a free consultation you can also use this form but please first read How to Prepare for a Free Consultation.


418 North Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740,

1680 Valley Road, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411