American Association for Justice Wrap Up


Advocate Capital Inc.'s Jeff Glueck and Tina Burns with client Gary Gwilliam at AAJ Winter 2015Jeff Glueck and I escaped the winter blues to Palm Springs, California to attend the American Association for Justice Winter convention this week.


It was our inaugural display for our new tradeshow booth and our new raffle item, a Bose® Soundlink® Mini! The exhibit hall was buzzing with activity each day with plenty of attendees and exhibitors. We always enjoy seeing our clients and meeting new friends.


Thank you to those who took time to visit our booth and hear about our services.  We are looking forward to the next AAJ annual convention in Montreal, Canada!


To see our photos from the convention, please visit our Facebook and Google+ albums.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Chalik & Chalik Award Scholarship to Cancer Survivor


Advocate Capital, Inc. friend and client Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers awards the First Annual Survivor’s Scholarship to Marissa IernaAdvocate Capital, Inc. friend and client Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers are proud to announce the recipient of the First Annual Survivor’s Scholarship. Marissa Ierna was chosen as the $1,000 scholarship recipient because of her efforts to raise more than $12,000 for the oncology unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.


Marissa was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer after in her right calf. Marissa is an athlete, and chose not to undergo surgery which would have prevented her from running again. She underwent chemotherapy and was cancer free after one year!


Marissa has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals with the 2014 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award for her efforts to help the Children’s Hospital. She is also on the Dean’s List at the University of North Florida.


The first annual Survivors Scholarship was inspired by the firm’s interaction with Debbie’s Dream Foundation. The foundation is one of the most active cancer research advocates in the U.S. and lobbies to increase federal and state funding for research. The idea for the scholarship was also inspired by Debi Chalik’s mother, Eva Weissberger, who is a breast cancer survivor and relative Royce Sagenkahn, who lost his battle with appendix cancer.


Congratulations to Marissa and thank you to the Chalik Firm for giving back to the community in such a meaningful way. We at Advocate Capital, Inc. are proud to count you among our friends and clients who do so much to give back to the communities they serve.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


Meet Attorney Karl Truman


President and CEO Michael J. Swanson recently interviewed Attorney Karl Truman of the Karl Truman Law Office about his experience with Advocate Capital, Inc. and the quality of the customer service we provide. 



How to Modernize Your Practice [INFOGRAPHIC]


MyCase Modernize Law Firm Infograhic, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsIn a recent blog, MyCase Legal Technology Evangelist Nicole Black shares this helpful infographic illustrating some important steps and statistics you should consider when modernizing your practice in 2015.


Where did these statistics come from? In December 2014, MyCase asked solo and small firm attorneys about their technology plans for 2015 and received nearly 800 responses.


MyCase Modernize Law Firm Infograhic, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsHere are a few highlights from their survey results:


  • Revamp your firm’s website: Smartphones and tables account for 60% of all online traffic so make sure your website is mobile-friendly.
  • Go Paperless: An average of 4 weeks are lost each due waiting on misfiled, mislabeled, untracked or lost documents.
  • Upgrade your firm’s phone system: Consider using a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) instead of a phone company. It is expected that mobile VoIP users will reach 1 billion by 2017.


Read the full blog post “The Happy Lawyer: Find Balance By Modernizing Your Firm” for additional information.


Be sure to check out the full 15-part blog series from MyCase “meant to help lawyers take steps to reduce stress and increase their job satisfaction.”


Tina Burns

Vice President


Free Webinar: How to Gain Positive Review Visibility


Free Internet Marketing Webinar from Page 1 Solutions, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsPage 1 Solutions is offering a free internet marketing webinar, “How to Gain Positive Review Visibility”, on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. (MST).


During this webinar, Page 1 Solutions’ Director of Sales & Marketing Bill Fukui and Accelerate Marketing’s CEO Ryan Steinolfson will show you how to generate more positive reviews for your practice that will help you stand out from competitors.


Attendees will learn about:


  • Monitoring your top directories and managing reviews
  • Best practices in responding to online reviews
  • Getting more customers by posting reviews on social media
  • Increasing PPC conversions by up to 20% using reviews
  • Leveraging video reviews to get upwards of a 60% conversion rate
  • A case study on how a business got 150 Google reviews in 2 months


Don’t miss out! Register online today!


Tina Burns

Vice President


How David Beats Goliath® Reviewed on Huffington Post Blog


How David Beats Goliath Book ReviewAdvocate Capital, Inc. President and CEO Michael J. Swanson’s book How David Beats Goliath® – Access to Capital for Contingent-Fee Law Firms was recently reviewed by Author Christopher Zoukis in the Huffington Post Blog.  Zoukis’ titled his review “How David Beats Goliath: A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Financial Management” and provides readers with a detailed overview.


Here are a few brief excerpts:


“Swanson’s background in the law firm financing industry, and his belief in the work that trial lawyers do, spurred him to write the book and publish it in 2011. Trial lawyers around the country owe him a debt of gratitude for doing so.”


“At only 139 pages, it only takes a day or two to finish and it’s packed with countless nuggets of financial information that can help contingent-fee law firms stay afloat and thrive.”


“Michael Swanson writes from experience, passing on his wealth of knowledge to those who can best utilize it. If you operate a contingent-fee law firm, then you’ll benefit from this quick read.”


To read the complete review, click here.


Maybe it’s time to pick up your own copy! To purchase a digital or paperback copy of How David Beats Goliath®, click here.


Tina Burns

Vice President


2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominations Now Open


Public Justice Foundation Trial Lawyer of the Year, Advocate Capital, Inc. reportsNominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.


Exceptional, socially significant cases that were won or settled within the calendar year 2014 are eligible for this year’s award. The cases won or settled by finalists cover a broad range of public interest work, including but not limited to civil rights, consumer protection, workers’ rights, human rights, environmental preservation, and corporate and governmental accountability. Finalists and recipients exemplify how trial lawyers use their skills and determination to create a more just society.


(Trial Lawyer of the Year Nomination Guidelines)


The Public Justice Foundation will announce the finalists for the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in May 2015. The winner(s) will be announced at Public Justice’s 33rd Annual Awards Dinner & Gala in Montreal in July 2015.


Please send your Trial Lawyer of the Year Award nominations via e-mail to Aidan O’Shea at (with the subject line “2015 TLOY Nomination”). Please include the nominee’s name and firm, the name of the case, how you think the case impacts the public interest and why you believe this attorney or litigation team deserves the award.


(Download the Nominee Information Form)


Public Justice will contact the nominees, from whom they will seek specific information regarding their cases and, where applicable, their legal teams.


Don’t delay! The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, March 25!


Michael J. Swanson

President and CEO


Congress Not Moving on Auto Safety Reforms


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>We have blogged several times in this space about auto recalls and the tactics of General Motors, in particular.  Despite the auto industry’s past attempts to skirt responsibility, and the public outcry for better protections from our government and regulators, it appears as if the U.S. Congress is not prepared to move quickly to enact tougher laws.


Politico recently reported that reforming “auto safety laws is toward the bottom of this year’s congressional to-do list,” in spite of record car recalls, “critical mistakes” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “and what some senators alleged was a criminal cover-up by the nation’s largest automaker.” Anger at General Motors concealing an ignition switch defect hasn’t translated into action, “in sharp contrast to” Congressional reform of the NHTSA following the 2000 Ford-Firestone tire scandal.


While safety advocates say the $35 million cap NHTSA can levy on auto makers for hiding individual defects means the fines are just the cost of business for automakers, new NHTSA head Mark Rosekind, “said he plans on cracking down on automakers and forcing even more recalls in 2015.”


The full article can be read here.


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American Association of Justice Winter Convention in Palm Springs

AAJ Palm Springs


Will you be attending the AAJ 2015 Winter Convention in Palm Springs on Feb. 21-24?


Michael J. Swanson, Jeff Glueck and I will be representing Advocate Capital, Inc. at booth #502. Stop by and discover how our case expense funding product can help you get even better results for your clients.


The 2015 AAJ Winter Convention will take place at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Pal Desert, CA. This convention features accomplished trial lawyers and experts discussing the latest developments in trial advocacy and specialized topics at 11 cutting-edge Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs designed to help you better represent your clients.


Don’t forget to visit our booth and enter our raffle for a chance to win a Bose® SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth® Speaker!


We hope to see you there.


Tina Burns Vice President


How to Create Consumable Content for Your Audience


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>When it comes to reaching audiences using an online platform, it is easy to spew large amounts of content and knowledge all at one time. This seems like the most logical way to attract viewers, enticing them with a large wealth of information. However, a recent LinkedIn article titled, “3 Ways to Treat Your Content Like It’s Confetti” proposes an alternate way to sharing content.


Blog author Gerry Moran suggests tips on how to share large amounts of content in small portions using a variety of mediums such as videos, interviews, podcasts and others. This allows your listeners to fully absorb the information you are putting out there.


To read the full article and Gerry’s tips, click here for more!


Tina Burns

Vice President


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