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Mark D. Szal

Employment and labor Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   31 reviews

About Mark

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Mark is an experienced litigator and counselor who has handled a variety of lawsuits, administrative actions and pre-litigation matters. Mark 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 four years with Donovan Hatem LLP, focusing on professional liability defense, construction law, and employment law. The matters he has successfully handled include wrongful death lawsuits, wage and hour class actions, and negligence claims against design professionals. Before opening his own practice, Mark spent a year with a boutique employment law firm in Boston, assisting with claims concerning worker’s compensation, discrimination, and wage and hour compliance, in addition to counseling employers regarding policies and compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

Mark is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School and Boston College. Mark graduated magna cum laude from New England School of Law in 2006, where he was the recipient of the Sandra Day O’Connor full merit scholarship and was an editor of the New England Law Review.

Mark 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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Licensed for 16 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2019
Updated 06/05/2022
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 09/19/2022

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

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

Reviews

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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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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
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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
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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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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2016
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Prompt and Professional
Mark helped me with a unique business situation that arose unexpectedly and required fast and immediate attention. With essentially no advance notice, Mark jumped in and helped immediately, drafting an initial letter and conducting all subsequent correspondence in a prompt an professional manner. I am grateful for the excellent support I received and even more appreciative in light of the time sensitivity involved. I would definitely work with Mark again in the future.
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Posted by Klara | October 11, 2015
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Excellent
Mark was very understanding to my unique situation, he answered promptly, any questions that I had. Very pleased with his service and would recommend him highly!
Posted by Eric | August 27, 2015
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Class and Professionalism Exemplified
From day 1, Mr. Szal displayed the utmost class, professionalism, and his expert knowledge of the law while handling my legal matter from start to finish. In an industry where it is difficult to maintain open lines of communication between attorney and client, Mr. Szal consistently stayed in constant contact with me via text, e-mail, or a phone call with updates in my case, or sometimes just to make sure all was well. The peace of mind in knowing that I could always get in touch with my attorney with a question or a concern was priceless. I would highly recommend Mr. Szal to anyone who is looking for first class legal representation.
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Posted by Omar | July 10, 2015
Professional and reasonable cost
Mark helped me with a situation with another attorney that I had hired. Ultimately, we were not successful in negotiating a mutually agreeable settlement and we differed on what strategy to take, but he was up front with me and was very reasonable with the amount of time he charged me for so I would not hesitate to hire him again.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (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

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

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)
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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