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Mark Gilfix Discusses His Background, San Francisco and Special Needs Families in 7×7 Interview

The leading online source for information about lifestyles in San Francisco,, interviewed attorney Mark Gerson Gilfix on  April 6 to ask him about his views on life in the Bay Area, his professional background, and his work as an advocate and planner for autistic and special needs children. The latter issue is a key focus of the interview, as Gilfix stresses how the legacy of his family’s deep roots in the special needs community has served as an inspiration for him, and that special needs planning is a top specialty of Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP.
In “We Wanna Be Friends with Actor and Autism Advocate Mark Gilfix,” Gilfix talks about how his family’s 35-year-plus involvement with and services for the special needs community resonated with him from his childhood in Palo Alto through his college days at Stanford. He talks about his professional career that first took him to Los Angeles for stints working as a management consultant and as a professional actor. In fact, Gilfix paid for law school by simultaneously working over 25 hours a week as a management consultant and auditioning for and working in commercials and on TV shows while he attended Loyola Law School’s evening program. Notably, he still graduated in the top 5 of his class.
Gilfix continues to accept some limited acting work in his spare time — he is a voice for Red Bull videos and has previously appeared in some iconic television shows and in commercials for some of the world’s top brands, perhaps most notably helping introduce Apple’s Siri to the world. But while he greatly enjoyed acting and management consulting,  he talks about the increased impact, and the meaningful, positive difference he has been able to make since he returned to the Bay Area to practice law and serve families with special needs children.
People who want to learn more about Gilfix will greatly enjoy the 7x7 interview. And families with special needs children will be able to meet Mark and get valuable legal advice on the topic at the 11th Annual Special Needs Trust Seminar at the Crowne Plaza Cabana in Palo Alto on April 9 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Additional information on this free event is available on this website.
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