Mark Garfinkel

Astute General Counsel and Senior Executive with expertise in complex transactions, disputes, and global strategy


Mark Garfinkel is an accomplished General Counsel, Senior Executive, and Board Member with more than 30 years of success across the legal, construction, real estate, retail, manufacturing, IT and hemp/Cannabis industries. Leveraging extensive experience in structuring complex business deals, he is a valuable advisor for an organization going through an expansion or change, facing compliance problems or a major business dispute. His broad areas of legal expertise include intellectual property, deal formation, commercial transactions, investment finance, private equity, litigation, corporate law, employment matters, and government contracts. 

Mark regularly provides part-time general counsel and strategic advisory services to founders, executives and investors.  His strength is in finding risk-mitigating options for structuring complex transactions and projects; handling crisis management problems, resolving stakeholder and business disputes; and advising on corporate governance, intellectual property and litigation strategy, and regulatory and compliance matters.  He has the legal expertise, business experience and creativity to find leverage and solve complex business and corporate problems.

Throughout his executive career, Mark has held leadership positions with Garfinkel Law, Aplin Partners, Shinhan Art Materials, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. government corporation which provides debt and equity financing to overseas projects.  He was also Chief of Staff for the U.S. International Trade Commission.   Mark has significant personal business experience in retail, software development, real estate development, construction and in the trucking and hemp industry.

2009 - Present

Partner - Garfinkel Law, LLC

Garfinkel Law, LLC

  • Provides strategic business advice and part-time general counsel services
  • Assists clients with commercial transactions, intellectual property, licensing, distribution, entity formation, corporate law, employment law, buy-sell arrangements, capital transactions, government contracts, real estate development, and partnership/business disputes

2009 - Present

General Counsel - Shinhan Art Materials, Inc.

Shinhan Art Materials, Inc.

  • Handles company-wide legal matters, including distribution agreements, licensing, intellectual property, contracts, and compliance
  • Manages litigation and outside counsel in multiple jurisdictions and countries

2013 - 2017

VP and GC; Project Manager - Aplin Partners

Aplin Partners

  • Handled all legal matters, including contract management, small business verification (SDVOSB), licensing, partnerships, intellectual property, and litigation
  • Managed a significant portion of company operations
  • Served as the project manager on four technology contracts awarded by the U.S. Department of VA

2001 - 2009

VP and General Counsel - Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

  • Member of the senior leadership team and advisor to Board
  • Headed the department of legal affairs and oversaw/mentored a staff of 35, including 23 attorneys
  • Managed project finance transactions and assisted in deal formation and crisis management

I’m Available To Advise On The Following Subjects

Crisis Management

Risk Management

Global Strategy

Corporate Law

Company or executive-specific business strategy

Structuring and negotiating complex business deals

Assessing strategic options to resolve business and stakeholder disputes

Regulatory, compliance, and corporate governance issues