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Mark D. Szal

Employment and labor Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   35 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 4 years
    Massachusetts - MA 17 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2019
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Mark is an experienced litigator and counselor who has handled a variety of lawsuits, administrative actions, and pre-litigation matters. He began his legal career by clerking for the Massachusetts Superior Court in Suffolk, Middlesex, and Essex counties. After his clerkship, Mark practiced as a litigator for more than five years in Boston law firms, focusing on professional liability defense, construction law, and employment law.

Since opening the Firm in 2013, he has assisted a wide variety of companies and individuals with their legal needs. For businesses, he regularly serves as outside general counsel, assisting with matters on an as-needed basis, which generally includes compliance with employment law and human resources matters. Mark also assists individuals with their legal needs, including advising professionals on employment agreements and asserting claims on their behalf when necessary.

Mark has secured trial victories for clients in state and federal courts, including a seven-figure employment discrimination verdict in federal court that was the eleventh highest verdict of any kind in Massachusetts that year 1 and was upheld through attempted appeals up to the United State Supreme Court. He also has significant experience before administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the New York Commission on Human Rights, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Before going to court, however, Mark aims to come up with creative solutions to avoid legal disputes and litigation, including using alternative dispute resolution. The Firm has assisted many clients in resolving their matters alternatively, whether through mediation, arbitration, or private negotiation.

Mark is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York, as well as federal district and appeals courts. He is a graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, Boston College, and New England School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor full merit scholarship and was an editor of the New England Law Review.

He has been an adjunct instructor of Legal Research and Writing at New England Law Boston since 2009 and has authored pieces for the New England Law Review and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

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Location

Szal Law Group LLC
6 Liberty Square #330
Boston, MA, 02109

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Reviews

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Posted by Marissa | June 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST!!
I highly recommend Mark Szal as an attorney. I am very happy with the outcome of the agreement he negotiated for me. He was always on point, on his game, and always stayed in communication with me. He is extremely detail-orientated and knows the law inside and out. He’s also a very skilled and experienced negotiator—he is who you want on your side! He also made me feel heard, which few attorneys do. I never, not once, felt like just another case; instead I felt like he was on my team, and he was! If you have a dispute with your employer you better call Szal!
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Posted by Guale | June 10, 2023
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Plumbing Case
Mark did a fantastic job of representing our condo association. The case involved an issue with faulty installation work. He was thorough and responsive. Kept us informed throughout the process. His knowledge and experience was evident throughout the entire process. He provided advise which was direct and supportive and realistic. Needless to say we received a settlement. Would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Jay B. | May 12, 2023
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Legal support when you need it
I could not be more satisfied with the service provided. From the initial consultation to the case conclusion Attorney Szal was professional, knowledgeable, and well prepared for each step in the process. He is a great communicator and a strong negotiator. He was the right man for the job and I would recommend him to anyone in need of legal services.
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Posted by Jessica | April 14, 2023
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Seamless legal transaction
Mark was thorough and patient throughout my entire 2 year ordeal I had with my previous employer. He was prompt in answering any and all questions I had, he even settled a minor credit card issue that had nothing to do with my case. I’ve had nothing but a positive experience with Mark throughout all of this. I’ll be referring him to anybody that needs legal advice.
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Posted by Kevin | September 30, 2022
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Outstanding Serivce
Mark was the right person at the right time to help me through a difficult situation. His patience, caring and insightful advice won the day in every way. He's the best.
Posted by Dillon | September 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and communicative
Mr. Szal helped me every step of the way in my case. As an independent contractor I was owed money from a developer and Mark helped me retrieve what was owed to me through the court system. I would have never been able to do it alone. Mr. Szal always answered any questions that I had with patience. He always took the time to explain what was happening and what was coming next.
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Posted by Dena | May 10, 2022
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Skilled, confident and calm representation in an employment matter
Mark went above and beyond with my separation matter from my employer. In a very stressful situation, he was confident and calm while explaining my rights and next steps. He was personable and able to protect my rights while handling the matter so that it did not escalate. I would highly recommend Mark as a skilled attorney that will represent your rights and keep you calm through difficult experiences. Thank you Mark for helping me through this difficult time with such skill and grace!
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Posted by Dana | May 9, 2022
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Executive Vice President
Mark is outstanding! I had an employer that breached my employment contract and refused to pay me my outstanding wages. Mark solved the problem, got me my wages and did it with the utmost professionalism and quickly.
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Small business (LLC) exit - Release agreement and contract negotiation
Mark was extremely resourceful and instrumental in my exit from my small business partnership. He assessed and reviewed the separation agreement that was offered to me by my former business partner, and subsequently drafted a new agreement and a promissory note that was not only more equitable, but also safeguarded my liability exposure post exit. It was a pleasure working with him and I will certainly be working with him in the future whenever possible, or necessary.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2022
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Highly recommend
I have worked with Mark a couple times. He was referred to me by a friend who used him and was completely satisfied with her results with a former employer. I would definitely recommend Mark!!
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2022
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Review
I started working with Mark last year. From the start, he was totally responsive and professional and delivered more than expected in a quick timeframe. I had the need for his services again this week at the 11th hour on a Friday. Again, Mark was there for me and helped me through my urgent and critical matter! I cannot express enough how fortunate I am to have been introduced to Mark and have only the highest of accolades to share. I would highly recommend Mark.
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2020
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COVID Wedding
I cannot speak highly enough of Mark. Being a bride in 2020 was nothing short of stressful. Our original venue was going to retain our money, although we were no longer able to have our wedding there, due to covid. The process with the venue was grueling, then in comes Mark. Mark took complete control and initiative to do everything he could to get our money back. He was quick to respond to emails, always available and quite honest about the process. Due to Mark’s initiative we were able to get back 75% of our money. Highly recommend Mark’s services!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
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Extremely helpful with employment separation advice
Mark was recommended by a former colleague to assist with separation from my current employer. He advised on negotiation and reviewed the agreements very quickly and thoroughly. His congenial manner was extremely helpful to me personally as I was able to keep a very difficult situation from escalating during negotiations while still ensuring I was protected.
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Posted by Nicolas | June 25, 2020
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Diligent, Patient, Committed
Mark's diligence, patience and ability to make strong legal arguments helped us resolve a case that was financially and emotionally meaningful. He is wise, thoughtful and calm, and his good nature came through as he guided us along a difficult path, always listening, always taking the time to explain the law, always willing to consider new arguments and information with an open mind. Mark is focused on winning, but also mindful of making the process as congenial as possible. I could not recommend him more highly.
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Posted by Shaun | May 5, 2020
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Non-Compete Agreement
I engaged Mr. Szal to assist me with a non-compete agreement battle that I encountered when I left my previous employer to join a competitor in an executive level position. This was a complex process which involved three parties: my old employer, new employer and myself. Mr. Szal was able to seamlessly manage all parties in an efficient, polished, and professional manner. Mr. Szal was very meticulous in accuracy, facts and current legal trends in all our conversations, as well as written legal work he completed. Additionally, Mark is extremely responsive at all hours. Overall, Mark was successful in negotiating a final settlement which allowed me to be released from my onerous non-compete agreement with my former employer. He was a pleasure to work with and exhibited an innate ability to connect with all parties involved. I will highly recommend Mr. Szal to anyone with a business-related legal issues of any kind. He will deliver you the results that you are looking for in a timely, thorough and thoughtful manner. I can not thank Mark enough for the outcome he accomplished in this process.
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Posted by Jay | December 18, 2019
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Above and beyond
Attorney Szal, is knowledgeable, professional, and excellent with his communications. I would highly recommend him and his services. It was a true pleasure working with him, and the results were better than expected!
Posted by Juliet | May 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Guidance
I reached out to Mark to help with an employment issue and he was incredibly reassuring. He led me through the process carefully and thoughtfully. He provided excellent advice and explained every detail of my situation calmly and with assurance. He is an excellent advocate for his clients and steered me in the direction that I was most comfortable. I would recommend Mark to anyone who is seeking assistance with an employer.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2019
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Simply the BEST
Mark is by far the most professional, attentive, astute and swift attorneys I have worked with in my career. He handled my delicate matter in a way that shifted mounds of stress and action and allowed me to refocus on my life. Mark is skilled at crafting the optimal position and coaching his clients on the best path forward. I’d recommend Mark again and again and again as a first choice every time.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2019
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Excellent Employent Attorney
Mark represented my company in an employment dispute and we could not be more pleased with his work. With his assistance, we were able to resolve the matter to satisfaction. He is knowledgeable, professional, practical, and communicative. Highly recommended
Posted by Nicole | March 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Diligent & Conscientious professional
Mark was referred to me through another attorney friend of mine given his knowledge and experience in employment discrimination law. I met with Mark to review my case and knew he was the right partner for me. He was on top of everything from day 1 and always responded within minutes. The letters written were thorough and articulate in explaining the situation and our demands. Mark has excellent knowledge of EEOC and MCAD, which allowed us to work really well together as a team. We ultimately came to a settlement agreement in a very short period of time, which exceeded my expectations. I will certainly refer Mark to colleagues and will also hire Mark again if ever needed in the future.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Szal Law Group LLC
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Bello, Black & Welsh LLP
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Donovan Hatem, LLP
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Law Clerk to the Justices
  • Massachusetts Superior Court
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sarvis v. Tucker
  • Directed Verdict for Defendant
  • Rinsky v. Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
  • $1.275 million jury verdict + fee award of $279,365

Associations

  • Union Park Neighborhood Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • South End Business Alliance
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Falmouth Men's Club
  • 2013 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • New England Super Lawyers
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Making a Million Dollar Practice
  • Large Employment Jury Verdicts 2017-2018
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (6)
Endorse Mark
Litigation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is an excellent attorney. I worked with and supervised Mark on a number of very large and complicated litigation matters. His work product was always very good. I enjoyed working with Mark and our clients did as well."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Mark for several years and he is one of the most diligent, intelligent and well prepared attorneys that I have been around. He is always willing to work hard for his clients to ensure that they are well represented and cared for. Mark also has an extremely personable demeanor which serves him well both with clients and in the courtroom. Mark is an outside the box thinker and is able to find creative ways to litigate cases successfully. This has allowed him to obtain good results in seemingly difficult cases. I would not hesitate to endorse Mark Szal. He is one of the best people and attorneys that I know."
Business Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Mark is an outstanding business attorney. Highly recommended!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mark. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Szal. As evidenced by the number of questions he has answered on Avvo, he has a great understanding of this field of law and is well thought of in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a talented lawyer who has obtained exceptional results for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mark is a great attorney who goes above and beyond to protect the interests of his clients. He is well versed in multiple legal areas and can provide a superior level of skills and expertise not only in employment/labor law but also in tort actions, professional liability defense, product liability, construction law, class actions, and many others . I would recommend him to anyone who needs quality legal representation."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked for a number of years with Mark both as a paralegal and as an attorney, and I am familiar with the reputation he has gained as being a thorough and strong advocate for his clients. He has a great understanding of applying legal principles towards real-world client problems, and is very easy to communicate with. I recommend and endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an excellent attorney with a grounded personality that allows him to really connect with his clients. I was always impressed with his interactions with clients; he puts them at ease and conveys his strategy in an understandable but not condescending manner. Mark's clients genuinely like him but also really value his insight as a seasoned litigator. Additionally, Mark is a very good and efficient writer that allows the reader to view a logical, well-reasoned argument."
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