Attorney John Fisher Featured on Law Practice Channel®


Advocate Capital, Inc. friend and client John Fisher was recently interviewed by President and CEO Michael J. Swanson and featured on Law Practice Channel®. During the interview, Mr. Fisher discusses three practical marketing tips you can use to help grow your law practice and offers a free gift to all viewers.



Check out Law Practice Channel® for more marketing and management topics to “make your firm a successful business.”


Tina Burns

Vice President


OnPoint.Legal: A New Way to Manage Your Law Practice


I just saw a demo for a new case management software from Symbioshare, LLC called OnPoint.Legal. This matter management software application gives attorneys complete flexibility and control in their practice’s case structure, organization and operations.


In a recent article on Law Practice Channel, Attorney and Symbioshare Partner Sam C. Rumph, III writes that “OnPoint.Legal enables you to practice law in the way most beneficial to you.” What makes OnPoint.Legal different? “OnPoint.Legal integrates with Microsoft SharePoint Online allowing increased security, flexibility, reliability, enhanced collaboration and an experience unmatched by any other system on the market.”


(Read the full article, “The Future in Law Practice Information Management: OnPoint.Legal”)


Great news for Advocate Capital clients:  If you sign up by December 31, 2015 you will receive a 10% discount. Contact your Advocate Capital account manager for details.


Michael J. Swanson

President and CEO


Important Food Safety Report


Copyright : pogoniciWhat costs the United States $77 billion each year PLUS causes great suffering and thousands of deaths annually?


Foodborne illnesses.


Unfortunately, state and federal regulators lack the resources and power to rein in giant food companies so it has fallen to the civil justice system to protect consumers.


The American Association for Justice has just published an excellent research paper that documents the problem and gives tips on how to keep our families safe.  Click here to read the full report.


Michael J. Swanson

President and CEO


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Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 Pending in Congress


Copyright : Songquan DengIn the rapidly moving world of intellectual property, ideas and trade secrets are becoming more and more valuable. As expected, this value has given rise to litigation surrounding the genesis of some ideas and business models.


An article in The Verge by Russell Brandom describes a new federal bill in Congress that would arm plaintiffs in these disputes with a federal cause of action and harsh consequences for any party losing such litigation. The bill is called the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015. Supporters of the bill say “it’s a necessary protection for companies facing unprecedented security threats”, while critics argue “it will give trade secret trolls an even heavier club to use against their targets.”


The article gives a few examples of current litigation where the bill would be helpful to plaintiffs. According to the article, the bill would make trade secret cases “easier to mount and even scarier for defendants.” The bill would force certain trade secret cases to federal court, “where the scale of the ruling can be far greater.” The law would also allow the courts to seize any contested property while it is being tried, “the same way they might seize allegedly counterfeit goods.”


The full article can be read here.


Information regarding the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 can be read here.


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Ron Netemeyer and Jill Harper Secure $3 Million Settlement for Client


Advocate Capital Inc. client Harper EvansCongratulations to Harper Evans Wade Netemeyer, and their client on receiving a $3 million settlement!


This client, represented by Ron Netemeyer and Jill Harper, was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in 2013. The plaintiff was a passenger in an automobile driven by her daughter travelling approximately 70 mph when the defendant driver failed to merge properly, striking the daughter’s car. The plaintiff was pinned under the car’s dashboard requiring extraction by the EMS. The plaintiff was lifeflighted to the hospital where her severe injuries were graded 10 out of 10. She sustained several burst fractures, including fractures of her sternum, tibias, fibulas, femur, elbow, wrist, neck, feet, ulna, hip and ribs. Her injuries required multiple surgeries, skin and bone grafts, and ultimately the amputation of her right leg below the knee. The plaintiff would spend close to a year in the hospital and skilled nursing center recovering from the injuries sustained in the accident.


After hiring experts to determine the client’s future medical expenses and lost income, attorneys Netemeyer and Harper were able to secure a $3,000,000 settlement for their client prior to trial.


Harper Evans Wade Netemeyer represents clients in Columbia and throughout Missouri in car accident cases, personal injury, family and criminal defense matters. Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to partner with attorneys like Ron Netemeyer and Jill Harper as they help those who are injured through no fault of their own.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


Postmates: Office Lunches On-Demand


Copyright: Postmates.comIf you’ve ordered lunch for your office, you understand the disappointment when you realize most of the restaurants you love do not offer delivery or catering. Recently, our Nashville based offices started using a great food delivery service called Postmates and our troubles have been solved.


Postmates is a growing delivery service company out of San Francisco. Their mission is “to become the on-demand delivery infrastructure for every major city in the world” and they are well on their way serving over 40 major metropolitan markets (see list) in the US.


Here’s how it works. After setting up an account, you select a restaurant in your area, which in Nashville is a pretty impressive list of local and chain restaurants. Each restaurant has complete menu items and a custom order option. Once your order is complete, the app searches for a Postmates driver in your area. What makes this service so special is you receive a photo of your driver and can track their route in real time. The driver will text you along the way with progress and your food will arrive under an hour.


We have had a lot of success using Postmates and they are always running specials like free donuts or discounted delivery. Visit the Postmates website to see if they are available in your city and download the app on iTunes or Google Play.


Tina Burns

Vice President


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Are You Engaging Your LinkedIn Onlookers?


Copyright : lightwiseWhether your online presence is impactful or you feel nearly invisible to your social network, it’s always a great idea to stay up to date on the latest tips and tricks of the social media world.


If you have had any experience with online marketing, you know LinkedIn is a bit different than other social sites. LinkedIn is a great platform to network and reach your professional audience. They recently released 15 Tips for Compelling Company Updates to better help us reach our online spectators.



Some of the tips include keeping your point clear and concise, avoiding burying your message in a jumble of wording. You have mere moments to catch the eye of onlookers, so keep it brief, but make it stand out (pictures are worth a thousand words, right?). Another recommendation is to, rather than just making a statement, engage your audience by asking questions.


These are just a few of the great tips LinkedIn has offered. To scroll through all 15 tips, click here!


Tina Burns

Vice President


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New NHTSA Tool Helps Consumers Track Vehicle Recalls


Photo Credit: Angela OllisonWe have blogged many times in this space about how vehicle recalls by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are important to ensure the ongoing safety of consumers.


Finding out if your vehicle is subject to a safety recall is now easier than ever.  According to a recent report by Edmunds, the NHTSA has produced a new video that “helps consumers understand the importance of their car or truck’s Vehicle Identification Number and whether that vehicle is subject to a safety recall.”  Consumers can enter their VIN number on the NHTSA’s VIN Lookup Tool and check to see if their vehicle has been recalled.


The full report by Edmunds can be read here.


Photo Credit: Angela Ollison

Advocate Capital, Inc. Volunteers for The Injury Board Day of Action


As seen on Yahoo! Finance, The Street and Nashville Business Journal.


IB Day of Action Advocate Capital IncAdvocate Capital, Inc. has teamed up with The Injury Board on their Day of Action to prepare a meal for the families at Nashville’s Ronald McDonald House Charities.


The 2nd Annual IB Day of Action is scheduled for September 17th. The purpose of this nationwide event is to bring together plaintiffs’ firms in the effort of working together to better communities from coast to coast.


“At Advocate Capital, we believe in the important work done by plaintiff’s lawyers in their communities and by The Injury Board nationwide.  It is our privilege to donate some of our

time and resources to help Nashville’s Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Michael J. Swanson, President and CEO of Advocate.


Injury Board firms and sponsors are encouraged to choose a volunteer project with either the Ronald McDonald House Charities Network of Local Chapters or the Children’s Hospitals from across the country. Advocate Capital has chosen to prepare a meal for the families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. In addition to their volunteer efforts, Advocate has made a financial donation to the national RMHC on behalf of their clients. View photos from Advocate Capital’s volunteer project on Facebook and Google+.


“We are passionate about helping Injury Board members give back to their communities; it’s part of the DNA of our organization,” said Tom Young, attorney-at-law and co-founder of The Injury Board.


The Injury Board is an association of experienced trial attorneys practicing all over the United States and the United Kingdom. IB attorneys are determined to help anyone in need of legal assistance in the areas of personal injury or other civil litigation matters. They have more than 150 member firms serving all over the US and UK. For more information about The Injury Board, visit


Advocate Capital, Inc. is the premier provider of strategic financial products and accounting services for successful trial law firms nationwide. They serve the plaintiff bar from their headquarters in Nashville, TN. and now enjoy a client base that extends nationwide. For more information, visit


Free Law Firm Finance Webinar


Advocate Capital Inc. CEO Michael J. Swanson presenting at UNLVThe Injury Board is offering a free Lunch & Learn webinar, ‘Law Firm Finance 101’, to current members on Wednesday, September 23 at 1 p.m. EST.


During this webinar, Advocate Capital, Inc. President and CEO Michael J. Swanson will offer educational content on a variety of financial and business management topics relevant to the operation of a contingent-fee law firm.


Topics include:



  • Credit Scores
  • Liens
  • UCCs
  • Debt Management
  • Finance statements
  • Case expense management

and more!


The Lunch & Learn webinar series is just one of the many perks of becoming a member of Injury Board. If you are a plaintiff lawyer looking to expand your firm and your network and if you are committed to relationships and community service, click here to learn more.


Tina Burns

Vice President


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