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Firm Overview

I have practiced law since 1979 and offer to my clients the experience and care for their problems that come with over 26 years of experience. I handle general civil litigation and small business transactions.

My litigation experience includes general civil litigation, personal injury, construction contract and defect issues, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, creditors' rights, insurance subrogation and bad faith. I provide representation in arbitration, mediation, trials and appeals.

I have experience in business and commercial transactions, including formation of corporations and LLC's, drafting of purchase-sale agreements for businesses and real property, lease preparation and review, employment counseling, and preparation of general business contracts.

Example cases

Obtained published decisions in:
*Illinois Commercial Men's Association v. State Board of Equalization (1983) 34 Cal. 3d 839; appeal den. 466 U.S. 933;
*Able Concrete Pump v. Covenant Mutual Insurance Company (N.D. Cal. 1984) 609 F. Supp. 27;
*Price v. Price, Fireman's Fund Insurance Companies et al. (1987) 193 Cal. App. 3d 1536;
*Kalfountzos v. Hartford Fire Insurance Company (1995) 37 Cal. App. 4th 1655.

Main Office

Main
44 Montgomery Street
Suite 2405
San Francisco  CA  94104

Phone
  • (415) 438-4658
Fax
  • (415) 738-7700

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. The length of time has to be reasonable, but I feel it is unreasonable to start a stop watch, so the length of the initial consultation depends on the subject matter of the consultation. The concept in an initial consultation is to understand the client's objectives or problem and what services I can offer.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Generally, I bill on an hourly basis. However, in response to client requests I have established budgets, maximum possible charges and flat fees.

Hourly Rates

Generally $250 or $275 depending on the complexity of the matter, although litigation in which bills may not be paid for a long time is often billed at a rate of $350. I am more than willing to discuss concerns so that we can agree on a mutually acceptable billing formula.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:30 am. to 6:00 pm

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I found I liked it.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is valuable for clients and for attorneys for clients to be as knowledgeable as possible about legal matters. The more clients understand about the law and procedures, the better they will be able to handle specific matters. In addition, the law should not be a mystery for citizens.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am very willing to review their documents. All I ask is that they be willing to discuss the documents and their objectives.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I have no problem doing that.

Mark Rorem

I established my own practice in 1998 after working for mid size firms for a number of years.

I have worked in various business settings and in counseling, which has allowed me to understand different perspectives that may be involved in a problem. In addition, I have taught business law courses, where students have helped remind me of the need for practical solutions to legal problems. Because I grew up in Mexico City and practiced law in Spain, I can offer representation and advice to Spanish speaking clients.

I think I bring a calm yet resolute approach to problems, helping clients find a reasonable solution to their problems or the most effective way to achieve their goals. I try to focus on what the client wants to accomplish.

Personal interests:

I enjoy a number of the cultural attractions we have in the Bay Area: The San Francisco Opera; The San Francisco Symphony; our numerous museums; a variety of stage presentations.

License
  • Bar Number: 90850
    California , 1979
Education
  • Hastings College of Law, University of California
    J.D. , 1979
    San Francisco, CA
    Executive Editor: Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 1978 - 1979
  • Tulane University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1969
    New Orleans, LA
    Major: Economics and Latin American Studies
  • Southern Methodist University
    MBA , 1973
    Dallas, TX

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