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Mark Gilfix


Mark Gilfix cares deeply about generosity and community building. Paramount is connecting with people and helping them plan for a vibrant future. He currently practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Special Needs Planning. His background is unique among attorneys. A Palo Alto native, he graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Management Science and Engineering. He later attended Loyola Law School’s evening program, working full time while obtaining a law degree. There, he was chosen as his class commencement speaker and graduated near the top of his class as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Prior to practicing law, Mark was a management consultant at the Monitor Group (founded by celebrated Harvard Business School author Michael Porter,) participating in and leading numerous strategy engagements with Fortune 500 corporations. He also enjoyed a career as a professional actor and writer, appearing on several network TV shows, including CSI:NY, 90210, and The Young and the Restless, in numerous independent films, and in national commercials for many of the world’s top brands, including Apple, Budweiser, and Xbox.

With his unique background as both a business strategist and artist, Mark has the ability to truly connect, communicate and optimize plans with his clients.

He is an increasingly sought-after speaker in the field. He has appeared on television on KTVU Fox 2 and NBC Bay Area and has given multiple client and community seminars in the area of multi-generational and special needs estate planning, he has participated in panels on planning for younger families with the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, and he has presented about these topics at the Morgan Center Annual Conference.

He has been active in the community, having previously served on the associate board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, and in the Young Leadership Cabinet of the Jewish Federation. He is a fan of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and all Stanford sports. He is a passionate surfer and stand up paddle-boarder.

Press and Media

Mark Gilfix on KABC Radio Los Angeles. Listen here for more on Mark's talk about Elder Abuse and what families can do to detect and fight it.

Mark Gilfix's Aging at Home: How technology and AI can help our clients was published in the July 2018 issue of Trusts & Estates Magazine (PDF).

Mark Gilfix co-authored the new book, Facing the Reality of Long Term Care, with his father, Michael Gilfix, lending his expertise on multi-generational planning and technological advances in the field of aging. They have also published an article on the subject of multi-generational planning in the prestigious “Trust and Estates Magazine (PDF).”

Mark Gilfix's Technology Innovation and Long-Term Care 2017 Updates was published in the July / August 2017 issue of The Elder Law Report.

See Mark Gilfix explain how Special Needs Trusts are set up, and how they operate, in the Pacific Autism Center-sponsored “Porchlight” Video Series

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