Melton Family Refiles Lawsuit Against General Motors

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. clients Cooper Firm In a formal press release and news conference earlier this month, Ken and Beth Melton announced via their counsel Lance Cooper that they have re-filed their lawsuit against GM alleging that the automaker fraudulently concealed critical evidence and allowed its corporate representatives to commit perjury.  Additionally, the Meltons have asked the court to sanction GM for its discovery abuses and the spoliation of evidence.

 

The case has received national attention with far-reaching implications for General Motors and NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Association) which also knew about the defect in 2007.  In an interview with local WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta, Mr. Cooper explains the basis for the new lawsuit:

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. Cooper Lawsuit refiled video

 

Included in the press release was this quote from Mr. Cooper:

 

The Meltons would not have settled their case if they had known of the perjury and concealment of critical evidence.  It is now apparent that GM’s plan was to resolve the Meltons’ claims before disclosing the Cobalt ignition switch design changes.

 

Where will it all end?  Will General Motors ever take the high road and “do the right thing” for the Meltons and all other families impacted by its defective products and subsequent unscrupulous litigation practices?

 

The entire team here at Advocate Capital, Inc. applauds the work of The Cooper Firm for having the wherewithal to demand responsibility from corporate giants like GM.  We previously blogged about the Melton case here and will continue to follow this landmark litigation with periodic updates.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Now Hiring: Paralegals / Legal Document Reviewers

 

Advocate Capital Inc. Now Hiring Quality Assurance AnalystsAs we continue the growth of our entire team in 2014, we are looking to add two Quality Assurance Analysts to our team.  If you are a paralegal who is looking for a new way to apply your training and experience, this may be a great opportunity for you.

 

Learn more about the company culture and work environment in this video from our President and CEO, Mike Swanson:

 

 

We are a rapidly growing commercial lender that is looking for additional Quality Assurance Analysts to perform compliance examinations for its nationwide base of law firm clients.  All work is done in-house via telephone and email from our offices in Nashville, TN.  We have an industry-leading set of products and services that provide law firms with a low-cost, flexible source of growth capital.

 

View our present career opportunities.

 

Follow the Advocate Capital, Inc. LinkedIn Page for future updates.

 

The hourly rate for this position is between $20.67 and $21.76 depending upon experience. We offer an excellent benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (company pays 80%, employee pays 20%); $50,000 of employee life insurance (company paid); Short-Term and Long-Term Disability insurance (company paid); Flexible Spending Account for Unreimbursed Medical Expenses and Dependent Care Expenses, 401(k) with company match (max 4%); Paid vacation and sick leave.

To apply, please send your resume to:

QAA@AdvocateCapital.com.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Contact clients to initiate document collection.
  • Compile and review documents.
  • Produce reports based upon standardized templates.
  • Follow up as needed with clients regarding additional documents needed.

 

SKILLS

  • Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook proficiency required.
  • Legal research skills/experience.
  • Good customer relations and telephone skills.
  • Proficient email use.
  • Salesforce.com use helpful

 

APPLICABLE EXPERIENCE

  • Paralegal or legal assistant (Tort practice preferred).
  • Law firm administration.
  • Field examiner or auditor for a commercial finance company or bank.

 

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum:  High School Diploma
  • Paralegal certification preferred.

 

Send your resume today to QAA@AdvocateCapital.com to initiate a great career opportunity with a fantastic, growing company!

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Sloan Firm’s Lida Vega Interviewed for May Bicycle Safety Campaign

 

Heads in HelmetsAttention parents –  May is National Bike Month!

 

ACI has blogged previously about our friends at the Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm on their partnership with the Heads in Helmets campaign which includes distribution and custom fitting of free children’s bicycle safety helmets as well as instruction and safety tips for parents.  The “Heads in Helmets” organization is dedicated to preventing head injuries to children.  Previous blogs are available here and here.

 

Recently, paralegal Lida Vega was interviewed on Click 2 Houston News KPRC regarding the firm’s ongoing helmet initiative:

 

Sloan Video

 

sloan firm logoIn addition to her contributions to the Sloan Firm’s helmet safety program, Ms. Vega was also recently honored as the Houston Association of Legal Professionals (HALP) Legal Professional of the Year.  Speaking on behalf of the firm, managing partner Laureen Bagley commented, “Lida is an integral part of our firm’s Houston office and has worked tirelessly to help make every client’s case a success.”

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. extends commendations and congratulations to Lida Vega and the entire team at Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry for their continuing endeavors to make a difference in the lives of all Texans.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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2014 Paralegal of the Year Award Deadline Extended

 

Advocate Capital Inc. AAJ paralegal of the year awardThe nomination deadline for the Advocate Capital, Inc. / AAJ Paralegal of the Year Award has been extended to June 1, 2014. Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate an outstanding paralegal and bring attention to the crucial role they play in our civil justice system!

 

(Download the 2014 Paralegal of the Year Award nomination form)

 

This award is presented to a paralegal that has consistently demonstrated knowledge of the law, perseverance in their cases and to their attorneys’ clients, superior paralegal skills and whose commitment and overall attitude is an inspiration to other paralegals. Judging criteria is based on a candidate’s commitment to the paralegal community, continuing legal education and their community through volunteering. Any Paralegal Affiliate of AAJ who has been a member for at least one year is eligible for nomination.  A candidate must be nominated by an AAJ Attorney Member in good standing or by another AAJ Paralegal Affiliate.

 

The 2014 Paralegal of the Year Award recipient receives free airfare, hotel and registration to AAJ’s 2014 Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD on July 26-30.

 

Please submit your nomination before June 1 via email to Jennifer Rafter, Caucus Group Manager, at Jennifer.Rafter@justice.org or Mary Skinner, co-chair of the Paralegal Affiliates at mskinner@garretsongroup.com.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Advocate Capital, Inc. Memorial Day Party

 

Advocate Capital Inc. Employee Memorial Day PartyOn Tuesday, May 20, the Advocate Capital, Inc. team enjoyed a Pre-Memorial Day Party with delicious chicken tenders and sides from Hattie B’s Hot Chicken followed by a cornhole tournament.

 

Employees were randomly paired up for the single elimination tournament outside the Nashville office building. After an extra-inning semi-final, the team of Laszlo Kovacs and Debbie Ivey, pictured left, finished strong and took home two $50 prepaid Visa gift cards.

 

Please visit our photo albums on Facebook and Google+ to view more photos.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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We Are Hiring Again – Business Development Manager

 

2014 marks our 15th anniversary and we are on the rise again. We are looking for some additional members for our work from home inside sales team.

 

 

Advocate Capital Inc. now hiring inside sales positionsIncrease your earning potential and work from home with this exciting inside sales opportunity! Advocate Capital is seeking Business Development Managers to join our inside sales team. We are a rapidly growing company that provides a unique financial solution coupled with software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that allows plaintiff law firms to get even better results for their clients by giving them access to capital that they have tied up in case expenses. Our success means we need talented and experienced sales professionals, like you, to continue our profitable growth. This highly visible role is the perfect opportunity to advance your career and earning potential—all from the comfort of your home office!

 

We offer a base salary of $55,000 per year plus an excellent commission program designed to reward you for your results. Base salary will start higher to allow for pipeline development and closed future business. Based upon the experience of our existing team, the first year total compensation average range is $80,000-$90,000, with $90,000-$100,000+ expected thereafter. There are no limits and top performers can and have earned much more than these averages!

 

Benefits include:

  • Unlimited earning potential
  • Paid training / resources & support
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance coverage—BCBS (company pays 80%, employee pays 20%)
  • $50,000 of employee life insurance (company paid)
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability insurance (company paid)
  • Flexible Spending Account for Unreimbursed Medical Expenses and Dependent Care Expenses
  • 401(k) with company match (max 4%)
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • NO client-related travel

 

Job Responsibilities

 

As a Business Development Manager, you will help some of the best and brightest trial lawyers from all over the United States find strategic finance solutions through our services. Significant leads will be provided through various sources, but cold-calling is also a key part of this position. We offer paid training and all the tools and technology needed for a highly productive and functional home office work environment.

 

Business Development Manager Responsibilities:

 

  • Making phone calls to plaintiff law firms / lawyers and explaining services
  • Adding value to client through consultative selling while identifying needs and offering appropriate service/solutions to meet those needs
  • Overcoming objections and closing sales over the phone
  • Cold-calling via phone to prospect for potential clients and develop leads

 

Job Requirements

 

This exciting inside sales opportunity is 100% work from home and 100% telephone selling for new business development, not customer service. If you have proven success telemarketing in a virtual work environment, this could be the position for you! We are looking for a positive, professional, and pro-active sales professional with uncompromising ethics. Does that describe you? We want to hear from you!

 

Business Development Manager Requirements:

 

  • 4-year degree or equivalent experience
  • Persuasive personality and highly interpersonal phone skills
  • Proven track record of highly consultative sales success in a home office environment and effective navigation of long sales cycles
  • Strong will to win while meeting the specific needs of our prospects and clients
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Superior phone skills
  • Background in financial services and/or law practice, a plus
  • Salesforce.com experience, highly preferred

 

If you are looking for a well-established company with a great company culture, look no more. Please send your resume to Sales@AdvocateCapital.com for consideration.

 

Jeff Glueck

Vice President, Business Development

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Memorial Day Hours

 

Advocate Capital Inc. Memorial Day Office HoursIn observance of the Memorial Day holiday, our offices will be closed on Monday, May 26th.  All payments, fundings and other transactions received on this day will be processed promptly on Tuesday, May 27th. Should you have any questions regarding the processing of any transaction, please feel free to contact our Accounting Team at 1-615-577-5448 or by email to this address: Accounting@AdvocateCapital.com.

 

Thank you for being our valued customer. The entire Advocate Capital Team wishes a safe holiday to all of our customers, staff and their families.

 

Kelly O’Leary, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CITP, CIA, CFE

Vice President, Finance and Administration

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Why You Should Have an In House Video Studio

 

Click on the video to watch Mr. Swanson’s recent Google Hangout with Justin Holderness, CEO of The Studio Firm, as he discusses why law firms should have an in house video studio.

 

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Social Media Ethics for Voir Dire

 

Image via <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonahowie/7910370882/sizes/m/" target="_blank">Flickr</a> by Jason A. Howie

The ABA Journal reported in its April 24, 2014 edition that ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professionalism has issued a formal opinion regarding lawyers who research potential jurors through social media on the internet.

 

Terry Carter confirms that in Formal Opinion 466, the Committee concluded that attorneys may view public information available on the internet during the jury selection or voir dire process; however, they may NOT communicate directly with the jurors.

 

Three specific examples were cited:

 

  1. Looking at information available to the public on social media accounts is the “mere act of observing” and is not improper ex parte conduct . . . much like driving down a juror’s street to view this home.
  2. Asking a juror for access to his/her social media IS improper . . . more like stopping at the juror’s house and asking for a look inside.
  3. Learning through a notification feature that a lawyer has reviewed public information on a juror . . . similar example when a neighbor saw the lawyer’s car pass by and told the juror.  Essentially, the social media platform is communicating with the juror, not the lawyer.

 

Several other murky issues were reviewed including a lawyer’s obligation as an officer of the court to notify the presiding judge of possible misconduct by a juror discovered on social media.   The entire opinion is available here.

 

Social media continues changing our lives and it certainly is no surprise that it will impact our judicial process as well.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

 

Photo Credit: Jason A. Howie via Flickr
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Advocate Capital, Inc.’s Team Hope Supports the Nashville Fight for Air Walk 2014

 

Advocate Capital Inc. Team Hope at Fight for Air Walk 2014

On Saturday, May 17, Advocate Capital Inc. employees and family gathered together at Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville for the American Lung Association Fight for Air Walk 2014. Our Nashville based team, Team Hope, ranked second in the company division and fourth in the overall team division for fundraising prior to the event.

 

We would like to extend a huge amount of gratitude to our employees, friends, family and colleagues who helped support this worthy cause.

 

We would also like to give a BIG thank you to all of our walkers and virtual walkers:

 

Greg, Tina and Luke Burns

Jeff, Bonnie, Matthew and Michael Glueck

Billie Hardison

Debbie Ivey

Shirley Johnson

Tiffany Orth, Team Captain

Regina Scruggs

Michael J. Swanson

Dan Taussig

 

View more photos from the Fight for Air Walk in our Facebook and Google+ albums.

 

If you would like to learn more about the work of the American Lung Association, please visit their website at www.lung.org.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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