Brain Injury Litigation Specialist, Matt Biren to Speak at Brain Injury Summit


Los Angeles catastrophic injury Attorney, Matthew B.F. Biren, founding partner of Biren| Katzman Trial Lawyers is scheduled to speak at the American Conference Institute Brain Injury Summit on March 29th and 30th.    Biren’s expertise includes more than 35 years of experience in successfully representing victims of catastrophic injuries.


On Thursday, March 29th, Biren will share with attendees, Creating the Right Strategy at the Outset to Prove a Closed Head Brain Injury and Establishing Alternative Causation Theories.  On Friday, March 30th, Biren will present a Master Class on Successfully Litigating a Brain Injury Case from Start to Finish.


This is a great opportunity to hear from a premier Brain Injury Specialist, unique strategies on how to best meet your client’s needs in the most effective manner possible in the challenging and specialized area of Brain Injury Litigation.


Victims of catastrophic injuries need and deserve expert representation.  To learn more about Matthew Biren and his practice or to contact him regarding a catastrophic injury case, click here.


Lisa Wagner

Vice President, Client Services


Ohio Senate Votes to Compromise Consumer Sales Practices Act


In the never ending uphill battle for consumers maintaining equal access to the courts, the Republican controlled Ohio Senate has approved Ohio HB 275. The bill allows companies accused of unfair or deceptive acts a “right to cure”.  In addition, to limiting the consumer to only receiving their money back, it caps attorney fee reimbursement at $2,500.  It also will put the additional onus on the plaintiff that if they should reject the accused company’s offered “cure”, but the jury later awards them less than the offered “cure”, the wronged consumer loses the right to ask the court to levy triple damages.


And it doesn’t stop there!  Also, consumers would lose their right to ask the court to order the company to pick up their court costs and attorneys’ fees.


Unfortunately, with a Republican controlled Senate, House and Governorship the chances of any veto are distant at best.  This bill will simply embolden companies to know that if they partake in bad behavior toward consumers that they will have added protections under the law.  Ohio just went from what at one time was considered a model Consumer Sales Practices Act for the nation to one of the weakest unfair and deceptive practices laws in the nation.


Luckily, despite such backwards movement in the laws, our clients are still there to fight and keep equal access to the US court system for all consumers.


Dan A. Taussig



Advocate Capital’s Credit Department is Growing to Support our Clients


Advocate Capital is committed to providing the very best service and response to our family of clients.  As we’ve assisted more and more trial law firms in pursuing justice for their clients and growing their law firms, we are growing, as well, to ensure we continue our strong level of customer service.


I am pleased to announce that Laszlo Kovacs has joined the Advocate Capital team as Credit Compliance Manager.  Laszlo comes to Advocate Capital from Chase Paymentech Solutions where for the past 3 years he has been Credit Team Lead.  Prior to his time at Chase he was a Commercial Credit Analyst with TD Bank.  Laszlo holds a B.A in Economics and a B.S. in Management from Keene State College in Keene, NH, and holds an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.


Laszlo has hit the ground running and is going to be a great addition to our Credit Team!


Paul B. Myers

Chief Credit Officer


Team ACI Adding Depth!


With our ever-expanding portfolio of law firm clients, we are pleased to announce the addition of Michelle Harms to the Advocate Capital, Inc. team as our new field examiner.


Michelle comes to us with dual qualifications as a certified and experienced paralegal along with 6+ years’ banking experience with Regions Bank.   Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Metropolitan State College of Denver as well as a paralegal certification from Arapahoe Community College.


With both experience in the practice of law and commercial banking, Michelle will be a valuable resource in guiding our clients through the annual field exam process.


Donna A. Jones

Vice President, Operations



Adding YouTube to Your Law Firm’s Facebook Page


Ever wanted your YouTube videos to feed directly onto your Facebook page? There’s an app for that! Cueler is the top notch application we use on our Advocate Capital Facebook Page. The layout looks great and, best of all, it’s quick and easy. To add it to your law firm’s Facebook page, follow these easy steps and in less than two minutes you will have added your very own YouTube feed.



To add the application to your page:


  • Go to the Cueler link provided above. Once you’re on the site, click “Add to my page”.
  • Next, it will prompt you to select your law firm’s page. Make your selection and click “Add Cueler YouTube”.


To add your YouTube feed to the app:


  • Go to your Facebook page. Under the profile picture click on “YouTube Video”.
  • Click on the “Please configure it here”.
  • Next,  add your YouTube user name, for example, ours would be
  • Choose your desired settings and click “Save and Return to Page”


There you have it, your own YouTube tab for your Facebook page.



Tina Burns

Marketing Manager


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Advocate Capital, Inc. Doubles Referral Bonus Program


(Nashville, TN – March 20th, 2012) – Advocate Capital, Inc. announced today that, for a limited time, they are doubling the bonuses to be paid for new customers referred by those outside the company.


“Over the years, our leading source of new clients has been referrals from happy existing clients and from other friends in our industry.  As we prepare to celebrate our 13th year of serving trial lawyers, we’ve decided to show our appreciation to our referral sources by launching this special promotion.” explained Advocate’s President and CEO, Michael J. Swanson.  He continued “So for all referrals that we receive by June, 15th, 2012 and that become a client of ours by December 31st, 2012, we will pay the referring party a $2,000 bonus, twice the normal.”


Tina Burns, Marketing Manager, also explained “This special promotion also applies to all referrals that we’ve received this year, retroactive to January 1st, 2012.  We thought that would be a nice way of saying “thank you” for the dozens of referrals that our clients and friends have already sent us this year.”


Advocate Capital, Inc. helps hundreds of plaintiff law firms get even better results for their clients by giving them access to the capital that they have tied up in case expenses at extremely low cost to the law firm. Their clients are some of the best and brightest trial lawyers from all over the United States.  Using Advocate’s Case Expense Funding product, these law firms are able to get even better results for their clients and typically end up growing their practices.


One of their customers is the prominent law firm Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, a Central Texas law firm with offices in Austin, Waco and Bryan/College Station.  “We’ve been an Advocate Capital client since 2006 and have been thrilled with the positive impact they’ve had on our firm.  We’re able to get even better results for our clients and have been able to grow our practice significantly.” commented Daniel Stark partner, Jonathan Stark.  “We’ve referred numerous other law firms to Advocate and will continue to do so.  This double-bonus promotion is a great idea.”  More information on Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers is available at


“Thanks to our many wonderful clients and friends, 2012 has started off as another profitable year of growth for Advocate.  I’m looking forward to writing a lot of $2,000 bonus checks this year!” added Mr. Swanson.


More details on the Advocate Capital, Inc. double bonus promotion is available at or by calling 1-877-894-9724.


Despite Efforts to Restrict Access, Consumers Can Still Get Day in Court


Copyright: / 123RF Stock PhotoA widely-distributed Associated Press article reports that “a handful of recent cases suggest that consumers can, if they’re motivated enough, win against big companies in small claims courts.” The article notes the Los Angeles small-claims court victories won by Heather Peters against Honda over what she claimed were deceptive mileage claims for the Civic Hybrid, and several plaintiffs’ wins over AT&T on several claims (frequently dropped calls, coupled with a charge for early contract termination, and download restrictions imposed on an “unlimited data” plan). Noting that several plaintiffs have created websites displaying the documents they used in small claims court, the AP says, “If the practice catches on, it could amount to a big bucks difference in payouts by these giant corporations.”


While we would not normally recommend venturing into court without proper representation, these stories show that the court system can still provide redress for consumers.


Here’s to chalking one up for the little guy!


The full article can be read here.


Paul B. Myers

Chief Credit Officer


Photo Credit: 123RF Stock Photo

Qualities of Remarkable Employees


7K0A0597Your law firm would not be what it is without the people you have hired to help serve your clients.  Employees make a company great!  Let me say that again…Employees make a company great!  This is especially true in the service industry.  I recently came across an article published by Jeff Haden where he defines 8 qualities of remarkable employees.



  • They ignore job descriptions – this is especially important in smaller organizations.
  • They’re eccentric – in a good way!
  • But they know when to dial it back.
  • They publicly praise their peers.
  • They complain privately.
  • They speak when others won’t – the voice of the people.
  • They like to prove others wrong – they have a desire to do a good job.
  • They’re always fiddling – improving a process or enhancing a workflow.


As you read through this list, think of your employees.  Do they possess any of these qualities?  If so, I hope you take a moment to let them know how valuable they are to your firm and how much you appreciate them!


I encourage you to read the full article here.


Kelly A. O’Leary, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CITP

Director of Finance and Administration


Linkedin vs. for Recruiting


Here at Advocate Capital, Inc. we’re in a hiring mode (and have been for a while).  Lately we’ve noticed a big difference in the performance of our recruiting efforts on compared to just a year or two ago.  Whereas used to give us great results, in the past 6 months the results from their site has been noticeably fading.  Linkedin, however, has been coming on strong in generating qualified candidates.


Our experience seems to validate what we’re reading about Linkedin vs. in terms of revenues the two are generating.  Click here to read a blog on The Hired Guns that explains in more details how Linkedin is crowding out of the market.


Takeaway:  If you are presently recruiting talent for your law firm and are not using Linkedin, you may be missing out on some great candidates!


Michael J. Swanson

President and Chief Executive Officer


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