About Marin Law Center

Marin Law Center was founded in 1994, originally named “Lawyers on Duty” and renamed “Marin Law Center” in 1999 by Fred A Rico Hurvich, Esq., with the following principles:

  • Clients can often be given the information they need to do the legal work they have to do without any attorney fees at all by, for example, buying a Nolo Press self-help law book from our lobby (or any bookstore, or by borrowing one from a library). Supplied with the right information, clients can often be spared legal fees altogether. We also refer people to certain offices and agencies that can sometimes help them without charge.
  • If legal services are needed, we try to keep costs to a few hundred dollars, rather than thousands, by having legal secretaries and paralegals prepare forms - under the attorney’s supervision. When an attorney’s time is needed, as it is in the initial consultation, we charge at a rate ($280) well below market rate.
  • Originally, part of the concept of the firm was that our attorneys would not go to court to litigate at all. While attorneys could make phone calls and write letters and briefs, clients could represent themselves in court, if necessary, or an outside litigator could be brought in as a last resort. This provided clients with the security of knowing that their attorney was not building a case up into unnecessary litigation. However, it created the need for a new, outside attorney to familiarize themselves with the case should a court appearance be required.

Gregory R. Brockbank, Esq., was one of the primary litigators brought in on such occasions, and in 2003, on the pending retirement of Rico Hurvich, Greg took over the firm. Greg adhered to the original philosophy of providing low-cost and low-stress legal services, but he made one major change: while we avoid going to court as much as possible, when necessary, we will, so there is no longer any need to bring an outside attorney up to speed when that is necessary.

administrative law services

Nonetheless, we continue to emphasize low fees on everything from brief consultations to full representation, emphasizing family law (divorces), landlord/tenant law (evictions and eviction defense), and living trust packages (a living trust and various accompanying documents). We also do general civil litigation and other transactional work, such as contracts, name changes, administrative law, etc.

Rather than charge large retainers (and then, as too many attorneys do, litigate a case excessively in order the justify that retainer), we only charge the client on the first day the cost of the initial consultation, and we then bill them for future work. Our clients only come to us when they have problems, and we want them to leave feeling that their interaction with their lawyer was one good part of the experience.

Greg Brockbank, the current owner of Marin Law Center, has been practicing civil law in San Rafael for twenty-six years. He has also been a civic and political activist in Marin during those 26 years, including eighteen as an elected member of the College of Marin Board of Trustees, and four years as a San Rafael City Councilmember.

Greg came to Marin County with his family in 1963. He attended public schools and colleges and graduated from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1985. He passed the Bar exam and began his private practice that same year. In 2003, he joined Marin Law Center as managing partner and is now the owner. In his early years in practice, landlord-tenant law made up the largest part of his practice, but the number of family law (divorces) cases now outweighs landlord-tenant cases; living trusts have, in recent years, become an increasing part of the practice as well. Greg also does other general civil litigation and transactional work, including contracts, name changes, and administrative law.

Greg’s “other” career as a civic activist began with Marin’s anti-nuclear movement, when he served on the Executive Board of Marin’s then-prominent progressive organization - Marin Sane Freeze, while he was still in law school. Since then, Greg has served on the boards of several dozen other civic and political organizations and chaired more than a dozen, including the San Rafael Housing Corporation, the Leadership Institute of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, the Citizens’ League of Marin, the Human Race Steering Committee, the Marin Democratic Club, the Social Justice Center of Marin, the Marin Chapter of the ACLU, the Social Justice Center of Marin and, most recently, the Marin Democratic Party and the statewide Board of Health Care for All—California, which advocates for a single-payer health care system. He also served on numerous boards and committees during his service as elected official, and currently serves on a number of new boards.

However, Greg rarely mixes his politics with his law practice. He never asks about the politics of his clients, and they rarely ask about his. While, contrary to popular perception, political clout does not bring more favorable court decisions, Greg does pride himself in knowing almost all the judges, the ins and outs of courtroom practice, and most of the active local attorneys. Greg views his law practice - providing affordable legal advice and representation to a wide variety of people - as part and parcel of his life of public service.

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Marin Law Center (GREG BROCKBANK)
1000 4th St., Suite 875, San Rafael, CA 94901

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Marin Law Center
Greg Brockbank

1000 4th St., Suite 875
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415-472-4400
Fax: 415-472-7400
Email: greg@marinlawcenter.com

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

We accept Visa. We accept MasterCard. We accept Cash. We accept Check.