I had the pleasure of interviewing Marc Anidjar, Esq., founding partner of The Law Offices of Anidjar and Levine, P.A.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
My first job was at the Law Office of Terry Rosenblum. I took the position there because although it had the lowest salary, it offered the best commission structure to allow me to grow. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, I liked the idea of betting on myself.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
One month into my career as an attorney, I went out to dinner with a physician. We hit it off and the next day he referred me a new client; it was a pedestrian that was struck by an 18-wheeler. Without getting into specifics, we secured a $3.2 million settlement. It made me realize that face-to-face relationships are the most impactful.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
Our firm stands out based on a reputation of caring. One of my mantras to my staff is “be a human being.” That means to never forget that the client is a person who is under stress and at this moment you need to be their attorney and friend that is guiding them through this troubling time.
Are you working on any new or exciting projects now?
We are currently expanding our practice areas in both workman’s compensation and property loss that recently hit south Florida this past hurricane season. Growing the practice in two different areas simultaneously has been challenging but exciting at the same time. We have acquired a lot of good people working at our firm and that is the recipe for success.
What advice would you give to other CEOs or founders to help their employees to thrive?
This I learned the hard way. Not everyone can be just like you and trying to force that issue will sometimes backfire. You have to allow your employees talents to surface in their own way.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
My uncle Daniel Setton is a successful businessman. He always used to tell us stories as we were growing up, that you needed to be prepared for the unexpected. He would have back up cash registers, printing equipment, currency for providing change and generators in case of power failures. The person that succeeds in business is the one that was most prepared for all contingencies and did not allow anything to interfere with production or his bottom line.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
We donate to a lot of local charities. The relationships and stories that you hear from various people who have had either personal tragedies or illness and their resiliency in face of these problems is inspiring. This stirs an inner emotion to help and learn that life is a wild ride and we all just need to enjoy it while we are here.
Can you share the top five ways that increased diversity can help a company’s bottom line.
· Hire a diverse staff — this will allow you to service clients from various backgrounds that may not be fluent in English
· Cultural insight into concerns of clients — we had a client that was a Jehovah’s Witness and was asking what materials would be used in a procedure.
· Various religious holidays — being aware of a client’s religious beliefs and paying respect during their respective holidays generates good will
· Translation of documents. Clients have brought in documents in a foreign language and because we had staff on site they were able to translate them and save money in time and translation services.
· Fun — a diverse staff allows for better office culture, which leads to a more fun work environment.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson” Quote?
Always over deliver in all your interactions, it will always come back to you in kind.
Originally published at medium.com