Marc D. Garfinkle is a criminal and civil trial lawyer who “hung out a shingle” right out of Hastings College of Law (UC – Hastings) in San Francisco over thirty years ago. He is still trying cases. His passion is to teach
In addition to his practice, Marc is Adjunct Professor of Persuasion and Advocacy at Seton Hall University Law School. There, he also teaches skills for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and judges the prestigious annual John Gibbons Criminal Moot Court Competition.
Marc is a nationally-acclaimed legal education speaker, teaching skills and legal ethics to lawyers, law students and law enforcement. He is author of the popular “$olo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law Without Getting a Job,” which is also published by the state bars of Ohio and Missouri as part of their “new lawyer” training programs. In addition, Marc writes a regular column, “Mentor 411” for the California state bar magazine, “New Esquire.” .
Marc has also written “The Hip-Pocket Guide to Testifying in Court,”“The New Lawyer’s Hip-Pocket Guide to Appearing in Court,” “The Hip-Pocket Guide to Speaking in Public,” and “The Law Enforcement Officer’s Hip-Pocket Guide to Testifying in Court." He is a featured faculty member of Lawline.com. and SoloPracticeUniversity, providing accredited training to other lawyers.
Outside the legal profession, Marc coaches executives, sales teams and seminar leaders in presentation skills and the techniques of persuasion. His “Power Tools” retreats are fun, interactive workshops designed to teach “thinking on your feet” and credibility enhancement.
Marc is a former investigator and past chair of the NJ Supreme Ct. Dist. Attorney Ethics Committee, is presently chair of the Essex County NJ Bar Association Small Firm Practice Committee, Municipal Public Defender in Livingston, NJ, and a member of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), the American Bar Association and Phi Beta Kappa.
Amy E. Jensen, Esq., is our Director of Programs and Publications.
Amy E. Jensen, Esq., is our Director of Programs and Publications. She graduated Magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics at Wagner College and went on to receive her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where, as fate would have it, she was an outstanding student in Professor Garfinkle’s Persuasion and Advocacy course. After she passed the Bar, until joining Garfinkle Seminars, Amy was an associate attorney at a small, New Jersey law firm handling employment and divorce cases and helping to produce educational (CLE) seminars for the firm.
Eager to use her business background and escape billable hours, Amy happily joined Garfinkle Seminars. Today, Amy still prepares, organizes and markets our seminars and workshops. She also directs our growing publications division, and maintains our web presence, GarfinkleSeminars.com. Call her. She’s easy to speak to.
Theresa Serio is our Office Manager.
Theresa Serio is our office manager. She does everything that needs doing, and everything that no one else wants to do. And she does it all very well and with her special grace. She is also far pleasanter than Marc when she answers the phone. Theresa is our insurance that everything we do gets done correctly and on time.