Advocate Capital, Inc. Proud To Be Headquartered In Nashville

 

Copyright : Melinda FawverAll of us here at Advocate Capital, Inc. are proud to call Music City our corporate home. Nashville has become a destination city for conventions and business opportunities of every variety.

 

A recently published drone video of our fabulous city highlights the beautiful scenery, key attractions, and many of the reasons Nashville is a “city on the move.”

 

 

What a wonderful tribute to the memory of Paul Daniel Coakley and the city we all love. To learn more about Mr. Coakley’s story, visit #LiveLikePaul.

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. applauds the continuing efforts to make this amazing place even better and the forward vision of our city leaders.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

 

Photo Credit: Melinda Fawver
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How Do I Choose the Right Auto Insurance Coverage?

 

Be sure to watch Mr. Swanson’s latest interview with Seattle based Attorney Matthew Dubin, of the Law Offices of Matthew D. Dubin, to learn what you need to know to choose the best auto insurance coverage for you and your family.

 

 

For a free copy of Mr. Dubin’s book, “Maximizing Your Injury Claim,” visit www.dubinlawoffice.com or call 206-720-1501.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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We’re Growing Again!

 

Photo Credit : Michael BrownAdvocate 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 Assistant 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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Advocate Capital, Inc. Winter 2015 Newsletter is Here!

 

Advocate Capital Inc. Winter 2015 NewsletterThe Winter 2015 Edition of Advocate Capital, Inc.‘s Quarterly Newsletter is available. This quarter’s newsletter features a video of our Client of the Quarter Frank Tomeny of The Tomeny Law Firm, The Advocate Flexline™, Advotrac® updates and more.

 

Please share our valuable newsletter with your fellow trial attorneys. As noted in the newsletter, we pay referral fees for every law firm that you refer to us that joins our family of clients.

 

(View the full Winter 2015 Newsletter)

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Simon Law Group Honored Again

 

Advocate Capital Inc. Client Simon Law Group

 

Accolades continue for The Simon Law Group.

 

Advocate Capital Inc. client Robert SimonCongratulations to Robert Simon on winning the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Trial Lawyer of the Year award. Mr. Simon will be honored with the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award on February 18th at the 57th Annual Awards & Installation Dinner.

 

Robert has dedicated his entire career to fighting for the injured. Robert Simon is co-founder of the Simon Law Group and acts as the primary trial attorney. He founded the firm with his twin brother/womb mate/best friend Brad Simon in late 2009. Since then the firm has grown from a couple of people to a trial firm recognized by its peers.

 

The Simon Law Group represents personal injury clients throughout Southern California. The firm was the winningest law firm for plaintiffs in ALL of California for the second year in a row (October 2014 through October 2015). 2014 was also a great year for The Simon Law Group, as seen in last year’s blog with Advocate Capital, Inc.

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. congratulates Robert and the entire Simon Law Group on receiving this prestigious award!

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Frank Tomeny – Part 4 of 4 – The Lawnmower Case

Click on the video to watch Mr. Swanson’s interview with Frank Tomeny, from Tomeny Law Firm, who talks about a case involving a landscape worker who was injured by a lawnmower.

Tina Burns

Vice President

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“Best Matters” to Rocky McElhaney & Nashvillians

 

Advocate Capital Inc.'s client “Best Matters” to Rocky McElhaney & Nashvillians

 

The Nashville Scene’s reader poll for the Best of 2015, voted Rocky McElhaney the Best Attorney in Nashville. Mr. McElhaney is quoted as follows:

 

The people spoke, and we heard them. To be named ‘the best’ at something – anything – is already a huge honor. My team and I are extremely proud of receiving this title. It’s important to let people know that not all law firms are created equal. When you need a lawyer, you don’t want just any lawyer you need the best lawyer.

 

Inspired by this prestigious award, Rocky’s team is launching a bold new campaign “Best Matters” this week. His powerful message will be highly visible on 18 billboards around middle Tennessee and 65 bus benches sprinkled around the City of Nashville. To spread the message even further, the firm is releasing its fifth national commercial.

 

To ring in the new campaign, thank existing clients and the community for its support, the firm has several giveaways planned. To learn more, click here for the full press release.

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. considers it an honor to support the important work done by trial lawyers like the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm as they pursue justice for all citizens.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Chief Justice Roberts Urges Attorneys, Judges to Improve Federal Judicial System

 

 

Copyright: / 123RF Stock PhotoIn his recent Year-end Report on the Federal Judiciary, US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts asks for less conflict in the judicial system.  According to a recent report in the Washington Post by Robert Barnes, Roberts “implored lawyers to work together and judges to take a more hands-on role to improve a federal litigation system that has grown ‘too expensive, time-consuming and contentious.’”

 

SCOTUS’s docket for this election year includes cases involving such controversial issues as abortion, affirmative action, and the Affordable Care Act.  According to the article, SCOTUS “is being challenged from forces outside the court desiring greater transparency.”

 

However, in his report, Roberts mentions none of these issues.  He concentrates on “changes that went into effect last month in the rules that govern practice in the federal courts.”  Roberts says these changes could move cases along more quickly, help alleviate “gamesmanship” in the discovery phase, and other delays.

 

Roberts writes, “I am hardly the first to urge that we must engineer a change in our legal culture that places a premium on the public’s interest in speedy, fair, and efficient justice.  But I am motivated to address the subject now because the 2015 civil rules amendments provide a concrete opportunity for actually getting something done.”

 

I agree with you, Chief Justice Roberts.  I just wish you had said something about ensuring full access to the courts for consumers.  We can still hope.

 

The full Washington Post article can be read here.

 

Paul B. Myers

Chief Credit Officer

 

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New Year, New You? Wellness Programs for Small Businesses

 

Copyright : Andres RodriguezJust about every single firm we serve and talk to is considered to be a small business…with employees. Your firm faces rising healthcare costs, and your employees face a myriad of common health issues. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, the top 2 most common are physical activity/nutrition and overweight/obesity.

 

How can you proactively defray the rising costs of providing healthcare options to your employees? The answer could be instituting a wellness program.

 

Suzanne Lucas in a recent article in Inc. Magazine lays out some practical programs that have worked for other small businesses like yours:

 

  1. Give people their weekends back
  2. Make lunchtime fitness practical and possible
  3. Provide access to healthy food choices
  4. Leverage employees sense of competition
  5. Outsource the program

 

The benefits of a healthy workforce are many. Healthy employees will miss work less frequently, concentrate more effectively when they are there and your firm can save money on insurance costs. It’s a win-win and not as difficult as you might think.

 

You can read the article here to get started.

 

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2016!

 

Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development

 

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Settle & Conceal No More

 

Public JusticeOur friends at Public Justice featured a ruling this week that gives all Americans great news in their article, “Same Story, New Ending: Court Overturns Order Sealing Chrysler Defect Records” on January 12, 2016.”

 

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Writer Jennifer Bennett hit the nail on the head: corporations conceal deadly defects. Someone dies and the family files a lawsuit. Corporation settles quietly. Court records are sealed so nobody knows the story. The cycle continues ad nauseum.

 

This indeed is exactly how GM was able to hide the ignition switch defect for more than a decade.

 

Perhaps no more, at least not in the Ninth Circuit. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit held that there is a strong presumption that ANY court record that is “more than tangentially related to the merits of a case” should be open to the public. Also, as part of the ruling in Velasco v. Chrysler, the court rejected Chrysler’s argument that this presumption should only apply to records that result in a final determination on the merits of the case.

 

This is a HUGE step forward for citizens and consumers everywhere! Corporate America will soon find it increasingly difficult to hide behind sealed court records just because a case settled before a court makes a “final” determination.

 

 As Ms. Bennett points out, Velasco is a classic example of the settle and conceal strategy. In this class action, Chrysler concealed a horrible defect that could cause cars (millions?) to stop without warning while being driven at full speed on the highway. Plaintiffs requested a preliminary injunction arguing that the defect was so dangerous that the court should require Chrysler to warn its drivers immediately. District Court denied the motion and sealed most of the plaintiffs’ evidence. Take a moment to read the entire Velasco opinion.

 

Public Justice intervened on behalf of the Center for Auto Safety to unseal the records.  Following several motions and hearings, the Ninth Circuit has changed the game so that corporations cannot simply settle out of disclosure. If corporate America wants records to remain sealed, it will now have to prove there are sufficient compelling reasons for secrecy that supersede the public’s open records presumption .

 

Many thanks Public Justice for this victory in keeping us all safe from the hidden agendas that override public safety and corporate profit. We at Advocate Capital, Inc. are thankful that someone is proactively working to ensure our safety and demand corporate accountability.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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