Charles F. Farcher V
My name’s Chas Farcher. I’m a supervising attorney at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, and I run the connective tissue unit over at the firm, which mostly focuses on injuries to ligaments, cartilage, specifically, neck, back, knees and shoulders.
When I’m trying to make a connection with a client, I think what most people want is really somebody who can just kind of understand what they’re going through. I certainly can’t fix all the problems that my clients have. Money doesn’t make them feel better, you know, it won’t help my clients who have a spine injury to be able to maybe lift their grandkids or a dad to get back on the floor, to be able to play with their children again. You know, those are things that the doctors have to work on. But I think what most of my clients really are looking for is A, somebody who understands what they’re going through. To help them kind of navigate through the rigmarole that is the law at some times. You know, and really, sometimes, they just need an ear, someone to listen to them and make sure that, you know, there are other people out there understand what they’re going through, and that they’re not alone in this process. Being a personal injury attorney is, you know, being an attorney at times and sometimes it’s also just kind of being a counselor, or a friend, and that’s the part I think I like the most.
My job at the firm, or any attorney’s job, you know, in general, I think really is to just explain to the client what’s happening, what’s the process, you know, whether I’m prepping for a deposition, or prepping a client for what a trial is gonna look like, or we’re just in the early stages where we’re filling out paperwork, and no-fault applications or something like that. You know, I think having an understanding of what the process is, what to expect, you know, relieves my client’s anxiety. I find that, you know, A, they’re calmer through the process, we develop a better relationship, a better rapport. B, also, it helps me get a better result for my client because they understand what’s happening. They’ve been prepped, they know what they should be doing, and what they shouldn’t be doing in these situations.
Particularly in the Connective Tissue Unit in terms of how we treat one another, the Connective Tissue, and actually, it was a small department within the firm that outgrew the space that we’re in. So, we’re actually in a smaller ancillary building behind the main office, you know, and it looks just like a small house. And so, you know, it really is, it’s like a smaller family within the Martin, Harding & Mazzotti family. But, you know, I’ve been personally responsible for bringing a number of people to that firm, other attorneys, case coordinators, paralegals, and I always tell them, you know, haven’t been in practice for over a decade. It’s by far the best job that I’ve ever had in terms of the people I work for, and the people I work with.
Charles F. Farcher V
Admitted in New York
Charles “Chas” Farcher is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose, where he was enrolled in an accelerated law program which allowed him to complete his undergraduate degree a year early. He received his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 2007, was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2010 and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York in 2013.
Chas began his legal career with the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division’s Third Department, where he drafted decisions for the Appellate Court and clerked in chambers with the Honorable Karen K. Peters. Chas subsequently left the Appellate Division for a position with the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, where he litigated cases against members of the judiciary who were charged with ethical violations.
When a position at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP became available, Chas eagerly joined the firm, stating that “after working for the state for several years, it feels great to have actual clients, people who I can connect with, relate to and try to help work through their injuries and legal problems.”
Chas enjoys snowboarding in the winter and plays rugby with the Albany Law School Alumni rugby team during the warmer weather.
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