2016 Paralegal of the Year Award Deadline Extended


Copyright : Nopparat WannasukThe nomination deadline for the American Association for Justice’s 2016 Advocate Capital, Inc. Paralegal of the Year Award has been extended to June 3, 2016.


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 2016 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 2016 Paralegal of the Year Award recipient receives free airfare, hotel and registration to AAJ’s 2016 Annual Convention in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 22-25.


Please submit your nomination before June 3 via email to Jennifer Rafter, Caucus Group Manager, at Jennifer.Rafter@justice.org.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Photo Credit: Nopparat Wannasuk

Memorial Day Hours


Copyright : Vitalii KrasnoselskyiIn observance of the Memorial Day holiday, our offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th.


All payments, loan advances and other transactions received on this day will be processed promptly on Tuesday, May 31st.


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.


The entire Advocate Capital, Inc. Team wishes a safe holiday to all of our customers, staff and their families.


Mary Berst

Director of Finance and Administration


Photo Credit: Vitalii Krasnoselskyi

We Are Hiring Again – Accountant


Photo Credit : Michael BrownAdvocate Capital, Inc. is recruiting for a new Accountant to add to our MetroCenter (Nashville, TN) office.


A successful candidate will offer daily and month end accounting support to our Controller, Director of Finance and Administration and CEO including trial balance and account analysis, assurance of transaction recording and coordination, problem resolution and collection of information for the external auditors.



If you are interested, please submit your resume for consideration to HR@AdvocateCapital.com.


You can view the job posting on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/135444831


Mary Berst

Director of Finance and Administration


Photo Credit: Michael Brown

Choulos & Wyle Victorious For Veteran


Advocate Capital, Inc. client Choulos, Choulos & WyleAdvocate Capital would like to congratulate longtime colleagues George Choulos and Claude Wyle on a recent jury verdict in the San Francisco Superior Court.


The Plaintiff is an Iraqi war veteran, who previously suffered serious back injuries in Iraq and who had come to the Bay Area to attend Hastings Law School.  Plaintiff’s attempt to put his life back together following his injury in the service of our country was interrupted by a tragic bicycle collision.  While commuting to school, Plaintiff was knocked off his bicycle when his handle bar was clipped by the passenger side mirror of a Lexus passing too closely.  The Defendant, a retired railroad lawyer, claimed he never saw the Plaintiff and that the Plaintiff must have done something wrong to cause the collision.


The trial was memorable for three reasons:


  1. The meds paid by Tri-Care were only $30,000, although the gross meds were about $180,000. Because Plaintiff was a student, there was no wage loss. Defense increased their offer from a waiver of costs to $27,500, only after two hard fought hours at a settlement conference. The offer was never formally increased thereafter.


  1. Liability was vehemently contested. The defense made many harsh, nasty personal attacks on the Plaintiff and Plaintiff’s counsel.  The Defense conduct was deplorable – screaming in chambers, during cross-examination and everywhere else.  The defense’s closing mentioned George by name five times, accusing him and the Plaintiff of lying and trying to cover up other injuries that were actually unrelated.  Despite the defense tantrums, George, always the consummate trial lawyer, maintained his composure and did not stoop to the sophomoric antics of the defense. The plaintiff maintained his dignity throughout the attacks, and behaved like the truly strong man that he is.


  1. San Francisco Judge Robertson struck 10 potential jurors for cause because of their dislike for bicycle riders. In San Francisco, most motorists do not like to share the road with bicycle riders and these same motorists are usually bad jurors for bicyclist plaintiffs. The Court’s integrity in empaneling a fair and impartial jury contributed to an award of $373,000, less 33% for comparative fault. The award was approx. $320,000 for general damages, plus some funds for a future surgery for the Iraqi war veteran, and for some loss of household services.


Choulos, Choulos & Wyle handle all types of catastrophic injury cases, but the firm is particularly renowned for its success in handling motorcycle and bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and brain injury claims.


All of us here at Advocate Capital, Inc. applaud George Choulos and Claude Wyle for their victory on behalf of this injured veteran AND thank them for keeping the streets safer for all of us.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


CFPB Proposes Rule to Restore Consumers’ Right to Sue Banks


Copyright : Alexander KharchenkoIn a recent New York Times article, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery report that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing a rule that “would restore customers’ rights to bring class-action lawsuits against financial firms, giving Americans major new protections and delivering a serious blow to Wall Street that could cost the industry billions of dollars.”


The proposed rule would apply to most consumer interactions with banks such as bank accounts, credit cards, and other consumer loans and seems likely to go into effect since it does not require congressional approval.


The new rule by the CFPB “will unravel a set of audacious legal maneuvers by corporate America that has prevented customers from using the court system to challenge potentially deceitful banking practices.”


Over the past few decades, banks, credit card companies, and other lenders have used the fine print in their agreements to prohibit customers from accessing the court system and forced them into arbitration on a solo basis. “Without the ability to pool resources, most people abandon their claims and never make it to arbitration.”


The new rules would prohibit this language in contracts and would mean that lenders could not force customers into arbitration. The changes would not apply to existing accounts, “though consumers would be free to pay off their old loans and open new accounts that are covered.”


Legal experts are predicting that the new rules would ostensibly end arbitration.


Which we think would be a good thing.


The full article can be read here.


The proposed rule can be seen here.


Photo Credit: Alexander Kharchenko

Friedlander Dinner for AAJ Nursing Home Group


Advocate Capital Inc. client Bill Friedlander AAJ Nursing Home Group Dinner We were honored to welcome to our hometown of Nashville the American Association of Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group for their annual meeting last week.


Our longtime friend and client Bill Friedlander hosted the opening night dinner at The Vine.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is a longtime supporter of AAJ and the important work they do on behalf of trial lawyers around the country.



The American Association of Justice is the world’s largest trial bar and its mission is noble:


                    Promote accountability and safety

                    Advocate for the civil justice system

                    Enhance the practice of law

                    Improve our communities


The attorney members of the Nursing Home Group who dedicate themselves to the protection of our seniors and holding facilities accountable for elder abuse are very passionate about the work they do.


Thank you for allowing my colleague Tina Burns, our CEO Mike Swanson, and me to share a wonderful evening here in Music City.


Check out the photo albums on Facebook and Google + and tag your friends and colleagues!


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


Employees Enjoy a Night at the Old Ballgame


Advocate Capital Inc. Nashville Sounds game

On Tuesday, May 17, Advocate Capital, Inc. employees enjoyed a Nashville Sounds baseball game at First Tennessee Park for the May employee appreciation event. Employees, local and remote, gathered together on the Bud Patio Deck with their families to watch the game and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs and pulled pork.


The evening was filled with socializing, laughter and a special Human Cannonball act after the game. The Sounds finished with a 2-1 win over the Fresno Grizzlies to sweep the series!


View photos from the event in our Facebook and Google+ albums.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Brianne Thomas – Part 2 of 2 – So Many Ways to Serve


In Part 2 of Mr. Swanson’s interview with Brianne Thomas of Boyd Kenter Thomas & Parrish, LLC, she discusses some of the non-profit organizations that she volunteers for and how they provide for the community.



Tina Burns

Vice President


Now Hiring: Marketing Coordinator


Copyright : Yong Hian LimAdvocate Capital, Inc. is currently recruiting for a new Marketing Coordinator to add to our MetroCenter (Nashville, TN) office.


A successful candidate will offer administrative support to our Marketing Department including database maintenance, email and direct mail campaigns, market research, tradeshow and other events coordination, video shoot coordination, etc.



If you are interested, please submit your resume for consideration to HRM@AdvocateCapital.com.


You can view the job posting on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/134258537


Tina Burns

Vice President


Photo Credit: Yong Hian Lim

Time to Give Your Law Firm a Financial Spring Cleaning


Copyright : Kelly RichardsonI read a very good article on the Entrepreneur website today. It has a few practical tips on giving a small business a “financial spring cleaning”.


In the article, Lisa Stevens shares three excellent ideas that apply to all small businesses, and also to most law firms. From taxes to cash flow to a business plan, Ms. Stevens touches on some important topics.


Click here to read the article.



Michael J. Swanson

President and Chief Executive Officer


Photo Credit: Kelly Richardson

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