Gary Gwilliam Interview – Part Two

Click on the video to watch part two of Mr. Swanson’s recent interview with Gary Gwilliam of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer in Oakland, California:

 

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Facebook’s Graph Search = The Best Thing Ever For Your Law Firm!

 

 

A couple of weeks ago Facebook introduced the arrival of its new “Graph Search”. It is currently in the early trial stages but has the potential to be the best thing since the “Like” button. The Graph Search will be taking social influence to a whole new level by using the data that people have chosen to share and making it searchable.

 

So what does this mean for your law firm? Put yourself in the shoes of a consumer. Let’s say you needed to find a personal injury lawyer in your local area. Would you…

 

  1. Want to find someone randomly out of a phone book?
  2. Choose the top listing in a Google search?
  3. Choose someone that your friends or family have used?

 

More than likely you would choose option “3”. So now, when someone is on Facebook, instead of searching “personal injury lawyers” a consumer will now be able to search “personal injury lawyers that my friends use”.

 

It goes without saying; your law firm’s Facebook page is more valuable than ever.

 

To grasp the concept in its entirety watch the video below…

 

 

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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American Association for Justice Winter Convention

 

 

Will you be attending the AAJ Winter Convention in Miami Beach, FL February 9th to 13th?

 

Michael Swanson and I will represent Advocate Capital, Inc at booth #413. Stop by and uncover how our case expense financing positively impacts the outcome of your cases and your client’s life.

 

While you’re there register to win an Amazon Kindle Fire HD!

 

The Winter Convention looks to be a promising show, getting better each year. Offering 10 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs designed by plaintiff lawyers and over 200 events during the convention.  Opportunities to meet and greet accomplished leaders in your areas of practice and earn up to a year’s worth of CLE credits!

 

If you are not a member but are considering joining, AAJ is offering a special promotion. Join by February 8th, 2013 and receive a discounted membership plus a discounted full winter convention registration package! To sign up and read more details click here

 

Tina Burns
Vice President

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Supreme Court – How Much Can States Reclaim from Medical Malpractice Settlements

 

Supreme Court balance of power, Advocate Capital, Inc. reportsMany states have passed laws outlining mandatory percentages that they can reclaim from med mal settlements for reimbursement of Medicaid dollars spent for the plaintiff’s care, regardless of the actual amount spent.

 

The McClatchy news service recently reported that Supreme Court justices seem “genuinely split over when and how states can take a share of medical malpractice payments awarded Medicaid beneficiaries.” The case involves a 13-year-old North Carolina girl who has been “profoundly disabled since an allegedly botched caesarian-section delivery,” resulting in “diagnosis of cerebral palsy.” The court’s answer, “expected in June, will shape how North Carolina and other states reclaim at least some of the Medicaid funds spent on a patient’s care. North Carolina’s current law allows the state to claim one-third of a medical malpractice settlement or judgment awarded a Medicaid patient.” Attorneys for the girl’s family, as well as the Obama Administration, believe that the state’s “automatic one-third may be excessive.” Sonia Sotomayor, the “most persistent critic of North Carolina’s position,” asked, “How can you predict, particularly with a statute that wasn’t based on any empirical data, that 30 percent is normally the right amount?”

 

A very good question and one that we hope the Court will decide in favor of the plaintiff in this case.

 

The full article can be read here.

 

Paul Myers
Chief Credit Officer

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Rob Cartwright Interview – Part Two

 

Click on the video to watch part two of Mr. Swanson’s recent interview with Robert Cartwright, Jr. of The Cartwright Law Firm Inc. Located in San Francisco, California:

 

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CAALA’s 64th Annual Installation & Awards Dinner

 

 

Lisa Wagner, Donna Jones and I had a great time at the gala in Beverly Hills this past weekend.  We witnessed outgoing President Michael Alder handing the gavel off to incoming President Lisa Maki, and enjoyed seeing many clients and friends.  CAALA is such a great organization for trial lawyers in California!  Click here to view our Facebook photo album of the event.

 

Michael J. Swanson

President and Chief Executive Officer

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A “Do Over” in New York for Disability Claims?

 

Photo Credit: nickherber via FLickrA recent report by Reuters states that a proposed class-action settlement in a 2011 lawsuit accusing five administrative law judges in New York City of failing to give fair hearings to disabled individuals who appeared before them. This could signal a chance for thousands of individuals to receive new hearings on their disability benefit claims. Reuters noted that the settlement must first be approved by Chief US District Judge Carol Amon. Under the proposed deal, the five judges would be allowed to keep their jobs, but an estimated 4,000 individuals whose benefit claims were fully or partially rejected by one of the five judges since 2008 would be entitled to receive new hearings before different judges.

 

The complaint, brought against the commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Michael Astrue said, that the administrative law judges created a “brick wall of bias.” It accused them of systematically ignoring medical evidence, failing to adhere to legal standards and depriving claimants of fair hearings.

 

Jim Walden, of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, one of the plaintiff attorneys said, the settlement “provides meaningful relief, reform and monitoring to rectify years of disgraceful conduct by these ALFs in Queens.”

 

The full article can be read here.

 

Paul Myers
Chief Credit Officer

 

Photo Credit: nickherber via Flickr
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Table Saw Accidents Injure Thousands Each Year

 

We pride ourselves on being a resource for our friends and clients in the legal industry.  We work hard to bring resources and people together.  It’s only natural that when we have a friend or client who is practicing in a particular niche area of the law, that we share that information with as many people in the legal community as possible. We like to ensure that people who are injured as well as those who represent them, by helping them to have access to the best possible information and resources.

 

Long-time client and friend Jim Orr and his team of experts at the Dallas, Texas based firm, Heygood, Orr & Pearson are representing clients all across the US who have been injured by table saws.   The firm represents more than 90% of all victims of table saw injuries who have filed lawsuits.  Watch this brief, three (3) minute video to hear important information from Partner, Eric Pearson about these accidents.

 

 

If you have a client or know of someone who has been injured in a table saw accident, Heygood, Orr & Pearson already have the experience and expertise to get you and your client the best possible result.  Click here to read more about their background and expertise on these cases.

 

We are proud to support trial lawyers as they work to modify the behavior of manufacturers by representing those who are injured. Thank You to Heygood, Orr & Pearson for their commitment and years of hard work in seeking justice for the victims of unnecessary and preventable injuries.

 

Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice-President, Client Services

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J.R Boyd Interview – Part two

 

Click on the video to watch part two of Mr. Swanson’s recent interview with J.R. Boyd of Boyd & Kenter, P.C. in Kansas City, Missouri:

 

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Advocate Capital, Inc. Clients Talk About Customer Service

 

We frequently get compliments on the fantastic service that our team provides to our clients.  Watch this short video and hear what some of America’s top trial lawyers think of the service that they and their firms receive from the Advocate Capital, Inc. team.

 

 

Michael  J. Swanson

President and Chief Executive Officer

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