Free CLE Webinar: “GM Ignition Switch Litigation Update”


Advocate Capital Inc. client Lance CooperPublic Justice continues its Special Speakers Series on Wednesday, November 12th, at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT.


This informative webinar will be conducted by Lance Cooper of The Cooper Firm in Marietta, Georgia.   If this name seems familiar it is because Mr. Cooper has been interviewed on almost every media outlet in the country in 2014 regarding his case Melton vs. General Motors which launched the investigation into perhaps the worst auto scandal in history.


The webinar topics include:


  • Status of the MDL cases in New York and state cases around the country.


  • Findings of the Valukas Report (GM’s June 2014 report to federal regulators outlining the problems leading to the ignition switch recall crisis) and the implications to the ignition switch litigation as well as GM cases generally.


  • Discussion of the Feinberg Plan to compensate victims, including claims submitted and awards made to date.


In addition to representing the Melton Family against GM, Lance Cooper has handled cases against Ford Motor Company, Honda, Toyota, Continental General Tire and many other corporate entities.  He has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases against corporate American and received numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements.


This free Speaker Series is for “members only” so please be sure to sign up for the webinar today.  If you are not yet a member of Public Justice, please join immediately to enjoy the many benefits offered by this outstanding organization.


Click here for more details.


CLE credit is available for most webinars. See CLE requirements for your state.

(CLE from the following states is available through CLE reciprocity: AK, AZ, CA, CO, FL, ME, MN, NJ, NY, ND, NV, OR and WI. Please check your state’s bar website for more information on reciprocity requirements.)


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


Industry News: $55.3 Million Awarded for Defective Seatbelt


Honda defective seatbelt lawsuit, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsCongratulations Stewart J. Eisenberg and Daniel J. Sherry Jr of Eisenberg Rothweiler Winkler Eisenberg & Jeck PC for your monumental $55.3 million verdict against Honda Motor Company.


A jury has ordered Honda Motor Company to pay more than $55 million to a Pennsylvania man who became a quadriplegic after his 1999 Acura Integra (his car is pictured left) rolled over and his seatbelt failed to prevent his head from striking the roof of the vehicle. The accident occurred when a tire blowout caused Mr. Carlos Martinez to lose control of his vehicle as he was driving to work in suburban Baltimore. Mr. Eisenberg and Mr. Sherry skillfully represented the plaintiff who resides in York Pennsylvania during the nine day trial in Philadelphia. The jury unanimously determined the vehicle’s seatbelt was defectively designed. The verdict is the largest recorded in Pennsylvania history for an auto defect case. It includes $25 million for Mr. Martinez’ non-economic damages, $14.6 million for future medical expenses, $15 million for his wife’s loss of consortium, and $720,000 for loss of earnings.


Having prior knowledge of the defective design, Honda Motor Company failed to use a safer design alternative and did not provide adequate warnings to consumers about the faulty seatbelt. During discovery Mr. Eisenberg and Mr. Sherry uncovered a 1992 roll over test in which the seat belted driver would strike his or her head on the roof of the Integra, but Honda did nothing further to protect drivers from this hazard. Mr. Eisenberg is quoted as saying:


Honda’s failure to alert the public to this hazard caused Carlos Martinez to suffer debilitating and painful injuries. This incident could and should have been avoided by a safer design that already existed. Through this verdict, we are hoping to prevent such unnecessary and devastating injuries from happening to others.


Congratulations Mr. Eisenberg and Mr. Sherry for your landmark victory!


Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development


2014 Nevada Justice Association Convention in Napa, CA


Advocate Capital Inc. booth at 2014 NJA ConventionAdvocate Capital, Inc. would like to thank the Nevada Justice Association’s Development Director Julie Ostrovsky, Office Manager Kathy Cowan, and the entire NJA convention planning committee for helping Mike Swanson and I feel welcome during the NJA 38th Annual Convention in Napa, California. We appreciate your support and look forward to working with you in the future.


The convention was a relaxing experience for attorneys and vendors alike.  We were able to visit with existing clients, make new friends and meet current prospects. The networking events also provided an excellent opportunity to visit and get to know attendees and other vendors in a more casual setting.


Be sure to check out pictures from the convention on the Advocate Capital, Inc. Google+ page or on the company Facebook page.


Thanks again!


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


Advocate Capital, Inc.’s Team Hope Raced for the Cure



On Saturday, October 25th, Advocate Capital, Inc.’s Team Hope joined together in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the annual Komen Race for the Cure. Team Hope was well represented with 24 participants consisting of 13 Advocate Capital employees and their families.


Advocate Capital Inc. Team Hope Komen Race for the Cure 2014

A grand total of $2,083.00 was raised for the foundation! We would like to extend a huge thank you to all participants and donors for helping us surpass our goal! If you did not have a chance to donate before the event, you still have until November 15th to do so here at the Advocate Capital, Inc. Team Page. There you can also view a full list of team members and donors.


Click on our Facebook and Google+ albums to view all pictures from the event.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Oklahoma Court Upholds Family’s Right to Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim


Advocate Capital Inc. client Maples Law FirmThe Supreme Court of Oklahoma recently found that a nursing home arbitration agreement is not binding to beneficiaries or next of kin in the event of a wrongful death claim. The opinion arose from a case involving clients of the Maples Law Firm, a family seeking compensation following the death of a loved one at an Oklahoma City nursing home.


According to court documents, in 2010, a then 87-year-old woman was admitted to the Grace Living Center. As part of admission, the woman’s daughter, acting as her representative, signed a Dispute Resolution Provision stating that any legal matters would be handled by a third-party arbitrator and not through litigation.


However, within a year, the woman’s son and daughter sued the nursing home, claiming negligence and the violation the Nursing Home Care Act. The Grace Living Center asserted that, due to the arbitration agreement signed by the woman’s representative, the claims must be dealt with through arbitration. Before any response was made, the woman passed away in June 2012.


Acting as the personal representative of the woman’s estate, her son petitioned the court to amend the initial suit to add survivor claims and wrongful death claims. The trial judge granted both.


In an effort to repel the ruling, Grace Living Center argued that the arbitration agreement still applied to surviving family members of the deceased, and therefore, the family could not seek litigation. The District Court of Oklahoma County concluded that the wrongful death claim is separate from the arbitration agreement and denied the nursing home’s motion.


Congratulations Ray Maples on this important ruling for your client.


The Maples Law Firm, located in Oklahoma, seeks justice for injured people and their families. Client satisfaction is of the utmost importance to The Maples Law Firm.


Jeff Glueck

Vice President, Business Development


Christian Scranton – Part 1 of 4 – Pilot and Plaintiffs’ Attorney


Click on the video to watch part 1 of Mr. Swanson’s interview with Christian Scranton of Scranton Law Firm in Concord, California, as he discusses how being a pilot makes him a better plaintiffs’ attorney.



Tina Burns

Vice President



IRS Ruling Regarding Accounting Treatment of Client Case Costs


Since 1982, the IRS has ruled that contingent-fee related case costs paid by law firms are actually loans to the client, or advances made on the client’s behalf that the law firm expects to recover. The IRS ruling further states that those costs may NOT be deducted as a business expense on the law firm’s tax return. If selected for an audit by the IRS, accounting for client case costs as a business expense, could result in significant fines and penalties and a potentially sizable tax bill for the law firm. According to the IRS ruling, case costs related to contingent-fee cases should be reported for accounting and tax purposes in the asset section of a law firm’s Balance Sheet.


Are you applying the correct accounting treatment to contingent-fee client case costs?


If you use QuickBooks, this short video will provide you with information to help you make sure your law firm is adhering to the proper accounting treatment of client case costs and if you’re not, it will demonstrate steps to get you on the right track.



If you have questions or would like additional information on this issue, please contact us via email at


Because these costs represent a non-deductible expenditure of a law firm’s cash resources, they essentially sit on the law firm’s books as a receivable – often for years, while the law firm works to achieve justice on behalf of its clients. Advocate Capital, Inc. provides contingent-fee law firms with strategic business solutions to help law firms address this important financial issue.


If you would like to talk a representative about how the Advocate Capital, Inc. program may be able to help your Practice, visit our website or call us toll free at 877-894-9724.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


Industry News: Bitten By the Bug of Advocacy: Attorney Anthony Johnson


American Injury Attorney Group Anthony Johnson, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsWhen Attorney Anthony Johnson of Johnson & Vines, PLLC graduated from law school from The University of Arkansas he envisioned himself a business lawyer handling contract disputes and transactional document preparation.  All this changed when he received a call from a 19 year old woman who dreamed of being a forensic scientist.  She was a passenger in a car driven by her boyfriend on her way to college orientation when her whole life changed in an instant.  A vehicle in the utility lane chose to do an illegal turn across the grass median and the interstate with tragic results.  This young lady had her arm out the window, which was all but severed as a result of the accident.  The ensuing battle Mr. Johnson fought on behalf of his client was not of liability but of insurance company accountability and coverage for the young victim.  Multiple insurance companies wanting to pass the buck on coverage and another asserting a lien on most of the recovery really complicated things.  In the end, Mr. Johnson ended up fighting until all 5 policies were paid to the client and recovery liens were reduced by 90%.


“My biggest take away from this case was that I knew, without representation, this girl would have not recovered nearly as much as she did with representation. Since that day, we established a rule to always be able to say this for our client:  if you would have been in a better place without our representation, then we’ll reduce our fee to make sure it comes true.”


During the battle of the case, Attorney Johnson also learned the value of co-counsel relationships.  The above case resulted in the formation of the American Injury Attorney Group.  This is a network of lawyers across the country that his firm works with on cases to add additional value to always act in the plaintiff’s best interest and garner the best possible result.  Despite their fears about reducing revenue from splitting fees, Johnson & Vines, PLLC has experienced growth and forged great relationships with many of the most talented trial attorneys in the country.


We love working with firms like Johnson & Vines, PLLC.  Such a great story of advocacy and helping clients get the results they deserve!


Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development


Whitfield Bryson & Mason, LLP File Lawsuit Against Major Cosmetic Company Over Hidden Ingredients


Whitfield Bryson & Mason file lawsuit against Mario Badescu, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsMany people feel they are addicted to one brand or product they enjoy, but imagine being addicted to something that causes facial peeling, swelling and other painful side effects.  That is exactly what happened to consumers using Mario Badescu’s ‘Healing Cream’ and ‘Control Cream’.


Attorney John C. Whitfield and the litigation teams at Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP, with offices in Kentucky, Raleigh,  and Washington, D.C., are working together to represent around 30 clients in a lawsuit against the major cosmetic company over the negative side effects caused by steroid ingredients not listed on the products’ labeling. These ingredients not only caused skin issues but many patients experienced withdrawal symptoms due to years of exposure to steroids.


“Most of our clients believe they were putting great products into their skin, when essentially, we believe that they were putting undisclosed steroids into their face,” stated WBM Attorney Caroline Taylor.


(Read more about this case in this recent news story)


The attorneys at Whitfield Bryson & Mason, LLP represent plaintiffs who have been injured or harmed due to the negligence of a person or company. Combining experience with resilience, their team will stand up to the opposition and fight to bring justice for their clients. For more information, visit Whitfield Bryson & Mason online at or call 1-855-926-2889.


Advocate Capital, Inc. applauds the efforts of law firms, like Whitfield Bryson & Mason, LLP, who defend the rights of consumers and fight to hold major companies accountable for the products they produce.


Tina Burns

Vice President


We’re Growing Again!


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Advocate Capital, Inc. is growing so that we can continue our high level of customer service for our clients!  We are currently recruiting for a new Credit Compliance Manager to add to our Credit Team in our MetroCenter (Nashville, TN) offices.  If you are interested, please submit your resume for consideration.


Click here to view the job posting.


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