Attorney, Mark K. Bass

Family Law Attorney, Mark K. BassMark K. Bass started his own law practice in 1990. Mark's areas of practice center on Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, Tort Litigation, and Business Transactions.  Before starting his law practice, Mark was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department from 1984-1988. Mark was responsible for the defense of the City of New York and its Agencies in tort claims. Mark was promoted to Tort Trial Specialist. From 1989-1990, Mark was a trial attorney for the law office of Finkelstein, Levine, Gittelson and Tetenbuam. In 1990, Mark left the firm to open his own practice.

Mark sees the need for an alternative to litigating sensitive family issues in court, where both the emotional and economic costs can be overwhelming. Mark has become actively involved in Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce and recognizes the collaborative process as a viable alternative to litigation in resolving disputes. Mark is limiting his matrimonial practice to only representing divorce clients within the Collaborative Process. Mark also mediates marital disputes (separation, divorce, custody, financial issues, and distribution of property), disputes between non-married couples (traditional and non-traditional), and partnership and business disputes. For additional information on Collaborative Divorce and Collaborative Law please click on the collaborative process section of our web site. For additional information on Mediation please click on the mediation section of our web page.

In addition to representing clients in the Collaborative Process, Marks clients include State Authorities. The types of cases handled for these Authorities include, but are not limited to, premises liability, auto, bus and train accidents, products liability and wrongful death actions.

Mark also represents clients who have been involved in accidents. The types of cases handled include but are not limited to civil rights violations, police brutality and false arrest, premises liability, property damage, auto accidents, wrongful death, construction accidents and products liability cases. Mark has also appeared Of Counsel to several prominent firms in New York City, assisting them with their litigation matters.

Mark earned his J.D. in Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, in New York City (1984). He has a B.A. in Political Science from the State University College at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York (1979). Mark is admitted to the New York State Bar and the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Mark is an active member of the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce & Dispute Resolution Association,  the Collaborative Divorce Group of Westchester and Putnam Counties and the New York Civil Collaborative Group.

Mark has taught Political Science and Law related classes as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Politics Program at Marymount College of Fordham University, teaching and designing courses in Constitutional Law and Civil Rights, The American Judicial Process, American Government and Public Policy Making. Mark has also taught classes in American Government at Westchester Community College and Mercy College.

Mark is a past Co-Chair of the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce & Dispute Resolution Association (2008-2010). Mark was Chair of the Marketing Committee of the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce Association from 2005-2007. Mark's work was published in the IACP Collaborative Review, Volume 9, Issue 5, Spring 2007 "Creative Strategies for Enrolling the Reluctant Spouse in the Collaborative Process". In October of 2007, Mark Bass and Stephen Gordon presented a workshop at the IACP Forum, held in Toronto Canada "The Reluctant Spouse: Solving the Problem and Expanding Collaborative Practice". Mark was on the faculty for the January 2011 teleconference, "Effective Practice Group Meetings, How to Keep Your Members Coming Back!" sponsored by the IACP.  Mark was a trainer at the 2011 Basic Interdiciplinary Training held in the Hudson Valley.

Attorney, Jamie C. Abrams

New York Lawyer, Jamie C. AbramsJamie C. Abrams has over 20 years of experience in the area of real estate. Before joining Mark in his practice in 1994 Jamie was employed as in-house counsel for the New York Job Development Authority, a public lending institution. Jamie was involved in all aspects of commercial fixed asset financing through the sale of tax exempt and taxable bonds and notes. Responsibilities included: negotiation and closing of multi-million dollar loans and guarantees; environmental review; SEQRA compliance; loan work-outs; bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings; drafting of loan documentation and real property title analysis.

Jamie brings her extensive training and experience to the firms real estate and commercial practice which focuses on residential house, co-op and condo closings, commercial real estate closings, commercial leases and the sale and purchase of businesses. The firm represents buyers, sellers and lenders. The firm has been approved to be the Settlement Agent for several major lenders in the metropolitan area. The firms clients come from a wide geographic area, which includes the Hudson Valley region of New York State, the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island.

Jamies experience also includes the pre-trial aspects of the firm's litigation practice, including preparation of pleadings, motion practice and file reviews. Jamie also handles the firms estate practice which includes the preparation of wills, health care proxies, living wills, powers of attorney and probating of wills.

Jamie received her JD in 1984 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. In 1992 Jamie received her LLM in Environmental law from Pace University School of Law. Jamie was first published in the Pace Environmental Law Review, Volume 8, Number 1, Research Guide: Biological Control Agents in Integrated Pest Management: Are They Regulated? Fall 1990. Jamies work was again published in the Journal of Products Liability, Volume 14, Video display Terminals: A Survey of Reported Results, Opinions and Conclusions on the Association of Miscarriages with Terminal Use 1992. Jamie is admitted to the New York State Bar and the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Jamie Received a B.A. in French Literature from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.