Public Justice Launches New Speaker Series


Public Justice launches new speaker series, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsThere is a great new source of information for plaintiff lawyers coming online soon.  In October, Public Justice is launching a new series of monthly webinars that will take place live every second Wednesday of the month at 2pmET/11amPT.  The one hour webinars will cover a variety of topics and some will be approved for CLE accreditation. Click here for the schedule and listing of upcoming topics. (Stay tuned for details on how to access the webinars).


IMPORTANT NOTE: This series is only available for members of Public Justice.  If you are not yet a member of Public Justice, this series of webinars is one more great reason why you should join me in becoming a member.  Please consider joining today by clicking here.


Michael J. Swanson

President and Chief Executive Officer


Lawdragon Announces Latest Initiatives


Lawdragon announces new projects, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsSince 2005, Lawdragon has provided a searchable online profile database of legal professionals, including attorneys and firms, as well as industry news and information about legal education. This fast-growing company recently opened a London office in June 2013 and is planning more new initiatives to be released later this year. In a recent article, legal directories and marketing consultant, Lloyd Pearson, interviewed Lawdragon’s founder, Katrina Dewey, and chief of strategic development, Catherine McGregor, about the new projects.


The newest project, the Lawdragon Insight Guides, will “feature detailed practice and industry-focused rankings, features and analysis.” This guide will interview buyers about their external relationships with law firms and give each firm “around three pages of editorial coverage and analysis.” Private funds will be the focus of the first issue which is set to be released in February 2014. Lawdragon will release these guides in both hard copy and online formats.


The Law School Report, headed by the former Consumer Reports editor, Margot Slade, will be the “largest ever survey of lawyer satisfaction with their careers and education.” This report will provide students with crucial information before deciding on a law school and “reveal which law schools have the best employment rates in the states where those students want to work.” Lawdragon believes this report will offer competition to the US News rankings. Survey results are expected to be released later this year.


Read the full article ‘Lawdragon Steps Up A Gear’.


Phillip Miller – Part 5 of 5 – Insurance Company Tactics


Click on the video to watch part five of Mr. Swanson’s recent interview with Phillip H. Miller, of Phillip Miller & Associates, in Nashville, Tennessee, as he discusses tactics used by insurance companies.



Massey’s Persistence Pays Off for Injured Worker


Today we welcome Advocate Capital, Inc. client and guest blogger Gary Massey, who shares a client success story and case victory.



Advocate Capital Inc. client Gary Massey of Massey & AssociatesWhen we represent clients in workers’ compensation cases, they have often suffered severe injuries that result in permanent disability. In my years of working as a personal injury attorney, I’ve had the honor of representing many of these individuals who never seem to let adversity stand in the way of seeking their right to the benefits to which they are entitled by law.


Recently, I represented an amazing man, Jeff Giles, who has agreed to share his story in our newsletter.


Back in 2010, Jeff suffered a severe back injury while at work, requiring an extreme type of back surgery involving spinal fusion. Unfortunately, the procedure did not go well and even though it relieved most of his pain, it left him with no sensation from the waist down.


Our firm helped Jeff file a workers’ compensation claim and a Social Security disability claim. Two of Jeff’s doctors stated that he could never go back to his previous job of 21 years where the accident and injury occurred. Adding to that evidence, one of the doctors even stated that he would never be able to work at any similar job again given the physical complications resulting from the back injury.


Unfortunately, even with substantial evidence of his disabling condition that had been confirmed by both licensed physicians and SSA representatives, the application for Social Security disability benefits was denied. Jeff was not ready to give up and neither was our law firm.


Advocate Capital Inc. clients Massey & Associates, PC located in Chattanooga, TennesseeAfter three years of pursing the claim and appeal, Jeff has finally had his day in court where we were able to bring his case before a judge. The dedication of our law firm and Jeff’s perseverance prevailed. I am happy to report that Jeff Giles won his rightful benefits for both his workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims.


Massey & Associates, PC is a law firm dedicated to helping ordinary people with legal problems. They are located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


NJA 37th Annual Convention in Seattle


njaWill you be attending the Nevada Justice Association (NJA)’s 37th Annual Convention in Seattle on October 3-5, 2013?


Tina Burns and Lisa Wagner will be representing Advocate Capital, Inc. at booth #7. Stop by and discover how our case expense funding product can help you get even better results for your clients.


NJA’s Annual Convention will take place in the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel, located in downtown Seattle. This convention/seminar features three days of educational sessions with some of the top lawyers in the country, Nevada Supreme Court Justices and Commissioners. Attorneys can receive up to 12 hours of CLE with 2 hours of ethics.


Don’t forget to enter our raffle for a change to win a Mini iPad!


We hope to see you there.


Meyerkord Firm Begins Litigation Against Boy Scouts of America


Advocate Capital, Inc. client Stephen Meyerkord of Meyerford & MeyerkordMeyerkord & Meyerkord, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two sexual abuse victims against the Boy Scouts of America organization and the local troop sponsor, Black River Electric Cooperative.  The abuse was initiated by the troop scoutmaster who also served as a police captain and community leader.


In the words of a local circuit court judge, the tortfeasor, Kenneth D. Tomlinson II, was “every parent’s nightmare.”  Tomlinson ultimately plead guilty to all 22 criminal charges and is serving 3 life sentences.  The civil case is currently scheduled for a jury trial.  This case has already received extensive media coverage and the recent article featured in Daily Journal Online can be read in its entirety here.


Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC is based in St. Louis and prides itself on being “a homegrown firm with a regional footprint.”  The firm’s attorneys have achieved recognition in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America.


We at Advocate Capital, Inc. are inspired by founder Stephen Meyerkord’s approach to the practice –– representation isn’t limited to what the law is but rather what the law should be in order to obtain a just result.


Best of luck to the Meyerkord team with this high-profile trial and we look forward to seeing a just result on behalf of these victims.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


The Six Human Needs


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>I came across an interesting article called The 6 Human Needs: Why We Do What We Do.  Author Anthony (Tony) Robbins explains the fundamental needs of the human race. He lists the six needs as:


  Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure.


  • Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli.


  • Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed.


  • Connection/Love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something.


  • Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding.


  • Contribution: a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others.


Think about these six needs when interacting with coworkers, employees and clients.  How can they help you enhance these relationships?


Take a minute to read the full article here.


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

Vice President, Finance and Administration


Photo Credit: 123RF Stock Photo

Bisnar | Chase Mastermind Presentation


bisnar chaseMichael J. Swanson will be traveling to Huntington Beach, CA this week to give a presentation to the Bisnar | Chase Mastermind Meeting.  This private mastermind group is made up of some of the best trial lawyers from all around the country.   In a spirit of cooperation, they gather regularly to share best-practices ideas regarding how they can better serve their clients.  Mastermind Group Leader John Bisnar of Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not only an excellent trial lawyer, he is also a sought-after expert in all aspects of marketing and running a top-notch plaintiff law firm. Mr. Swanson’s presentation will be based upon the usual CLE content from his book How David Beats Goliath – Access to Capital for Contingent-Fee Law Firms, although this particular talk will not be CLE certified since it has lawyers from multiple states.


John Lancione – Part 5 of 5 – Standing Up Against Injustice


Click on the video to watch part five of Mr. Swanson’s recent interview with John Lancione, of Lancione & Lancione PLL in Cleveland, Ohio, as he talks about standing up against injustice.



3 Tips for Writing a Press Release Under the New Google Content Guidelines


google-warningPress releases provide a launching point for company news and help businesses engage with clients worldwide. Since 2006, businesses have used internet marketing strategies to optimize press releases with linked keywords, also known as optimized anchor text. This practice proved to be an easy and legitimate way to increase their company’s searchability, until now.


Google recently updated the Link Schemes page in their content guidelines to include guest posts, advertorials, articles and press releases utilizing links with optimized anchor text. Google states that these “unnatural links” violate the guidelines because they are distributed to other sites, such as online news wires, and intended to manipulate a site’s ranking in Google search results. If ignored, employers could find themselves at risk of penalties for spamming.


A recent article by PR professional and blogger Frank Strong listed three tips for writing press releases under these new guidelines. These tips are:


  • Use links sparingly. The rule of thumb is one link for every hundred words. More than that tends to be an indication of spam content.
  • Product anchor text is probably OK. If you have a product or brand name that you’re linking to deep pages on your site, you’ll probably be OK.
  • Do not link to keywords in anchor text. If you link keywords in a press release, you will risk incurring a Google penalty.


Read more about the new Google guidelines.


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