We are often told not to take things personally when it comes to business. It is best to leave your feelings at the door and just get your job done. But there is something to be said about taking things to heart and fighting for a client as if you were battling your own problem. Marc Anidjar, a Senior Founding Partner at The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, has built his entire career around this. And his success might just indicate that we have been getting it wrong all along.
Marc graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 before completing his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad School of Law in 2003. After graduating, he worked at a law firm in Hollywood, FL as an associate attorney. Marc Anidjar shares, “I took the position 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 have always liked the idea of betting on myself.” He was quickly promoted to managing attorney and became responsible for overseeing all office files and staff.
Marc met his soon-to-be business partner, Glen Levine, at a Miami Dolphins game. They both worked for personal injury firms in the local area, and Marc began referring cases to Glen, who was a litigator and able to handle the files that could not be solved through negotiation. While meeting regularly, they bonded over their shared belief in how clients should be treated, and ultimately, they decided to partner up and launch The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine.
Since their inception, there was an unequivocal commitment to treat clients like family and take all cases personally. “Every client’s case or issue must be taken to heart,” shares Marc. “You need to take on their problems as if it was your own battle.” An example of this was in the law firm’s early years when Marc received a call at 11 pm of a young child who had gotten into a bad car accident. He needed a splenectomy – a surgery to remove the entire spleen, a delicate, fist-sized organ that sits under the left rib cage near the stomach. Even his wife was left questioning why Marc was getting up in the middle of the night to go meet with a client. “We ended up settling the case for $675,000, but most importantly, we stood by our client no matter the time or problem to make sure they knew we were always there for them and on their side.” That case serves as a reminder of the work and care that needs to be put into every case to achieve success.
At the firm, Marc is primarily responsible for handling business operations, including all cases up to the point of litigation. He has a true passion for negotiating settlements and finding resolutions for disputes on behalf of his clients. Marc is meticulous in gathering the facts and assembling the information into a concise legal argument, with the attention to detail as if it was his own case. He also designs and implements all of the firms’ marketing strategies, leading The Law Office of Anidjar & Levine to become one of Florida’s most recognizable names. “We were one of the first law firms to go with short-form advertising. The idea was just to repeat the name of the firm with enough frequency that it would build a familiar brand name – and it worked!”
The personal injury firm is based in Fort Lauderdale, with their iconic branded building off of 17th Street. The building is one of Marc’s most impressionable moments of his journey. “When we bought our main office, we had it ripped down to the block and renovated the entire space. When our builder delivered the building, I came to see it with my sons. My wife took a picture of the three of us, and that picture is still the screensaver on my phone today.” They have since then quickly expanded with additional offices in Naples, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, and Orlando, allowing them to win over $450 million for clients across Florida. Committed to the approach of taking things personally, they not only support the client through their case but also the communities they live in. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine supports the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward, Family Fun Day at The Children’s Science Museum, Miami Dolphins Cancer Challenge, Jewish Federation, Kids in Distress, MADD, and many other charities.
From the start, Marc has strived to provide everyone with personalized attention and genuine compassion to try to assist them with their problems. Whether it is a client, an employee, or a friend, Marc believes everyone just wants to be treated like a human being. Marc shares, “at the end of the day, I want to look back on the relationships I have made with my clients, co-workers and business partners, and hope they know that they mattered to me.”