Meet Marc Stach – The Newest Attorney at Harris Cook LLP
Marc Stach is a 30-year resident of Tarrant County and an accomplished attorney having practiced over 21 years in three exciting areas of the law.
He has been married for 23 years and has two wonderful children. Marc recently joined us at Harris Cook, LLP and sat down to talk about his decision and his work in the legal profession.
What led you to join Harris Cook, LLP?
Well, they asked me to join them. I had a good relationship already with current and former Harris co-leaders, including David Cook, Rachel Wright and Kimberly Fitzpatrick, all three whom I knew prior to joining Harris Cook.
What was it about this firm that appealed to you?
One, they’ve been in Arlington a long time, the same as my practice. Two, they have a diverse practice area, which is the same as I have. And three, they have a very good firm culture in terms of the relationships among the people who work at the firm.
You have four primary areas of your practice: Business Transactions, Business Litigation, Probate and Estate Planning. Why did you end up in those areas of law?
As far back as I can remember I have wanted to be a transactional lawyer. Growing up, my best friend’s father was a bank lawyer and worked in-house for a financial institution. I knew I wanted to go to law school and wanted to be a lawyer who gets to read and write as a part of his profession. With that in mind, I went to law school and focused on transaction-based courses, secured transactions, sales, uniform commercial code courses, leasing, etc. Upon graduating from law school, I accepted a position to work with the world’s largest commercial lender. It was exclusively transactional work for the first three years of my practice, but it gave me a good footing in understanding how businesses operate.
When I left Citigroup, I went to work for another Arlington firm for 16 years from 2001 to 2017. I continued to concentrate my practice in the areas of banking transactions and slowly migrated into business transactions, representing not the banks exclusively, but bank customers. I was fortunate enough to practice side by side with an attorney 15 years my senior who also practiced in estate planning and probate. As I quickly learned, his reasoning was that a lot of our clients were small business owners, and business succession planning was part of both estate planning & probate and business transactions.
Estate Planning and Probate naturally complement my practice when working with small business owners and Business Litigation developed along the way. There was a void at my former firm, and I learned the litigation side of the practice from some of the senior partners there. This experience affected how I look at business transactions- knowing that if things don’t go the way businesses expect them to, there is a risk of litigation. However, such litigation experience has helped mold me into a better transactional lawyer. Smoother transactions have a lesser chance of going to litigation.
What should your clients expect from you when they work with you?
Somebody who can get along with others, which is important. Someone who is patient, tolerant and a good listener. I find it’s less important to argue, and more important to listen. I prefer to build bridges and find common ground with other parties, whether it’s a transaction I’m working on, or a piece of litigation that has a chance of settling. Litigation is not something I shy away from; however, I find it’s often best as a last resort. This outlook has allowed me to work diligently to try and resolve issues before they turn into protracted litigation.
Remaining active in the community as both a litigator and a transactional lawyer has been helpful for my career. When I do walk into court, not only do I have the 21 years of experience, I have common background with the judges on the bench who know me and my capabilities and appreciate my ability to conduct myself appropriately as I represent my clients.