|Attorney||Marc Branco Law Offices||2009 - Present|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|St. Mary's College||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
Posted by anonymous
This attorney was sharp, creative and -- dare I say? -- hip. I walked into his office totally demoralized by an abusive subtenant situation, but he proactively suggested a landlord buyout that restored my hope. Along the way, he answered my many questions about the ins-and-outs of San Francisco's bizarre rent control laws not only knowledgeably but strategically -- with an eye towards protecting my best interests. Forget working with some jaded old fogey who's barely paying attention -- this guy's expertise and pizazz will help you stay on top of your game, and that's invaluable when you're dealing with legal negotiations concerning your home.
Posted by anonymous
Our eviction case pushed Marc & his team to their limits in every way, & they pulled through with flying colors. Our case, while practically over in our favor, instead of being a normally 1 month long UD, still lingers on after 7 months not because of Marc, but because our opponent was ruled to be one of the most mean/obstructive Landlord attorneys out there, with over 20 years experience, & have an endless dirty playbook they launch against tenants which puts them at the top of the list of infamous, notorious Landlord attorneys- they are also a high volume Landlord side firm with HUGE resources & they do everything possible to bury & overwhelm their opponent, to run up costs & force missed response deadlines. So, Mark & team had to not only gone up against all of this, but had to do it under tight UD (eviction) timing measured in days (not the usual months of civil courts). UDs are usually over within a month,& usually result in settlements, few go to court. For the first 4 months of it, just to keep up with them, Marc & his team had to dedicate their complete resources to our case (virtually shutting down their legal practice to other work, so you should ignore those bad ratings saying Marc was unresponsive in that time, b/c he was in the middle of the biggest fight of his legal life!). Marc & his team were able to get each of their (endless) malicious legal tactic stricken down,& then, icing on the cake, got the judge to slap them with one of the largest (if not the largest) sanctions (penalties, like contempt of court) ever for their intentional obstructive behavior. Judges almost never give much sanctions, so Marc(& team) winning us that monster one was no small feat.
Being highly legally oriented myself, I have read, in complete detail, all of Marc’s zillion court legal motions in our case, digesting his cited law/precedent & arguments, & I could go on endlessly about all the twists & turns that Marc (& team) had to overcome, but suffice it to say that given our case has pushed all the boundaries of UD law/process, Marc has demonstrated himself to me to be an extremely competent, legally knowledgeable, adept, tenacious, & caring lawyer (& person). He has the utmost integrity, ethics, & intent to do what is right by his client. While he, like any attorney, has to watch his billed time, he is extremely fair with his billed time/costs & invoices.
Now, all the above are Marc’s strengths, his weak area is in the “touchy-feely” client management & relations aspects of things. While he’s a super nice & caring guy, expressing/communicating that (esp. if hand-holding is needed) is not his strong suit, for sure. That said, he is very open to helpful client input, guidance, & I personally prefer an attorney that really knows his legal stuff, is tenaciously fighting for you, & has high integrity (maybe because I’m more results oriented, & not so ‘touchy-feely’ myself). So, if you are doing a small (esp. fixed fee) contract job (like some of the negative comments on him before), maybe you’ll experience more of that, but for any serious matter that involves his team, you’ll get all the ‘touchy-feely’, interaction time you need (or can afford!), because Lauren & Curt completely pick of the slack in that area.
His practice has recently expanded with Lauren now being an attorney, so I’d expect that those few bad ratings he got long ago re attention/communications will no longer apply, even on small jobs.
After he’s sharpened his (legal) teeth on our infinitely complex UD case, I can tell you that the worse your UD situation, the more you need Marc Branco Law to (more affordably) kick some Landlord butt on your behalf.Another unique aspect of Marc’s legal practice is that (to make up for the near impossible to get UD jury trial experience) he has intimately teamed up with Curt Briggs, who has a fair amount of criminal law jury trial court experience, which is even more pertinent to (fact driven) nuisance UD cases.
Stephen Spano, Education Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Marc's commitment to his clients' causes is unmatched. I have often used Marc as a resource and find his input to be simply invaluable. His office is impressively organized, his knack for litigation is intimidating and his passion for results is steadfast. I would refer my own mother to Marc if she were in need of landlord/tenant advice.