The Benefits of Art in Legal Offices


Authored By: Krista Kemmerly


It can be misconstrued that having fine art in the law office goes unnoticed and is pointless.


However, Ken Carbone with The Huffington Post couldn’t disagree more.


During his work, with the Carbone Smolan Agency, he explains how delighted he is to have been able to design identities and websites for multiple major international law firms for decades now.


In his Huffington Post article, Carbone shares how having artwork in a law office allows a firm to show they can take a walk on the wild side. He says art can depict a wide range of experiences and ease stress in an environment that can be rather stressful.


Since the profession of law is a demanding one- filled with high energy and adrenaline, Carbone says it’s time to branch away from oak panels and neutral colors. He believes firms can use art to provide a reflection of their brand with the added bonus of taking away the intensity of an office environment. To read Ken Carbone’s Huffington Post article on art in legal offices, click here.


Photo Credit: Comaniciu Dan



Another Fantastic Convention with MATA



Brenda Bunkers and Attorney holding Beats Headphones at Conference

Last week, Brenda Bunkers and I had the privilege of representing Advocate Capital, Inc. at the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys 59th Annual Convention at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri.  It was great to be back at the Lodge this year and enjoy all the improvements and upgrades.


This convention is one of the best sponsored and supported events that we attend each year. MATA’s leadership, the participating law firms, exhibitors and in particular the wonderful team who manage the events are exemplary in their execution.   Once again, our hats are off with a big THANK YOU to Sara Schuett, Executive Director, Jeannie Brandstetter, Director of Communications, Leanna Hagenhoff, Director of Legislative Affairs and ALL the members of this incredible staff.


Pictured above is Brenda Bunkers, our Director of Strategic Solutions for the State of Missouri, along with Jason Moore, our raffle winner of the BEATS Wireless Headphones.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support the important work done by trial lawyers across the country and this includes championing the efforts of outstanding organizations like the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.


Advocate Capital, Inc. Celebrates 18th Anniversary


Authored By: Iris Garrett


18th AnniversaryThis month Advocate Capital, Inc. celebrates 18 years in the business! Since 1999, our team has been helping plaintiff lawyers get even better results for their clients with products like our Case Expense Funding and The Advocate Flexline®. We continually strive to offer these services and more so that our clients can fight for justice and protect the seventh amendment rights for all Americans.


To mark another successful year for the company, the Advocate Capital, Inc. team held a special anniversary party at our Nashville office. Employees enjoyed cake and other sweet treats from the Publix Bakery at Nashville West and only briefly stopped eating to engage in a balloon fight! Check out photos of it on our Facebook and Google+ pages (and don’t worry, no one was injured in the exchange).


Advocate Capital, Inc. is thankful to have such a wonderful group of clients, vendors, and friends who have continued to support us during the last 18 years. Because of your efforts and the hard work and service of our amazing staff, we have reached this milestone. Thank you, and we look forward to celebrating many more years like this in the future!


Now Hiring: Marketing Coordinator



Excellent opportunity in a profitable, growing company!


Advocate Capital, Inc.Copyright : Yong Hian Lim, chair, now hiring sign is currently recruiting for a new Marketing Coordinator to add to our MetroCenter (Nashville, TN) office.


We are a successful, rapidly growing commercial lender. The successful Marketing Coordinator candidate will offer administrative support to our Marketing Department including database maintenance, email and direct mail campaigns, website editing, content writing, social media monitoring, market research, tradeshow coordination, video shoot coordination, etc.


The hourly rate for this position is in the $13.17 – $16.16 depending upon education and experience.


Health, dental, and vision insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (company pays 80%, employee pays 20%); $50,000 of employee life insurance (company paid); Short-Term and Long-Term Disability insurance (company paid); Flexible Spending Account for Unreimbursed Medical Expenses and Dependent Care Expenses, 401(k) with company match (max 4%); Paid time off (PTO) starting at 17 days per year.


We offer industry-leading financial products and services providing law firms nationwide with low-cost access to capital and flexible business solutions.


To apply, please send your resume to



  • Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook proficiency required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Possession of strong organizational skills.
  • A high level of attention to detail (accuracy, proofreading, spelling, grammar, consistency)
  • Effective use of time management and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects/tasks concurrently.
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as within a team.
  • Flexibility
  • Must be able to work in a professional work environment
  • experience helpful.


  • Corporate marketing.
  • administration helpful.
  • Adobe Preimiere Pro and Photoshop experience helpful.
  • Google and social media analytics helpful.


  • Minimum: High school diploma.
  • Desired: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.

Seniority Level

Entry level


Financial Services

 Legal Services

Employment Type


If you are interested, please submit your resume for consideration to



Healthcare Lawsuits in Jeopardy with Proposed H.R. 1215


Authored By: Iris Garrett


Washington D.C Capitol with flagA controversial bill that moved through Congress earlier this year has now been backed by the White House. According to the Huffington Post, the bill, H.R. 1215, and also called the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017, would affect anyone who receives healthcare through a federal program, subsidy, or benefit (i.e. the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, and veteran and service member health plans). However, HuffPost says H.R. 1215 would not only affect those in the above groups but punish them when they tried to seek compensation or accountability for medical claims in court. It says even in cases when an individual is harmed or sexually abused in an unsafe nursing home or hospital or harmed by an unsafe drug or medical device, they will be forced to take their claims to an inferior court.


H.R. 1215 has many provisions that would affect medical malpractice cases including a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages. This will be implemented across the board even in states where the cap is found unconstitutional. HuffPost says other provisions of the bill consist of a federal mandate on the statute of limitations, a repeal of state collateral source rules and state joint and liability laws, a prohibition against severely-injured patients receiving a lump sum jury award, and federal interference in an individual’s right to contract with their attorney on fees. Another major provision of the bill is a ban on including nursing homes, hospitals or healthcare providers in any case against a drug maker over an unsafe drug, even if those institutions negligently prescribed the drug.


HuffPost says congressional Republicans proposed the bill, hoping to push government further out of healthcare. However, it says the legislation will only end up eliminating civil justice rights guaranteed to Americans by their state governments, as well as transfer power away from local juries and in the hands of those same Republicans to decide the outcome of cases. Back in February, the American Bar Association (ABA) spoke out against H.R. 1215 primarily for this reason. It said that the proposed legislation would drastically change aspects of the legal system that have been in place for more than 200 years. You can read the full letter here.


Despite the ABA’s objection to the bill, the White House recently announced its support saying H.R. 1215 would lower the cost of healthcare. In a press statement, the White House said current healthcare laws encourage providers to practice defensive medicine, increase costs, and impose a significant burden on those providers. Because of that, it encourages Congress to enact more reform bills like it and says if H.R. 1215 is presented to the President, senior advisors would recommend it be signed into law.


To read the entire Huffington Post article, click here.


Photo Credit: Mesut Dogan

Meet Advocate Capital, Inc. Client J Edward Bell III


Watch President and CEO Michael J. Swanson interview Attorney J. Edward Bell III of Bell Legal Group .


Attorney Bell says Advocate Capital, Inc.’s case expense financing has helped his South Carolina firm get even better results for clients.




Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association in North Carolina!


The Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention logo with state capitol image

What a treat and privilege to attend this year’s annual conference of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association held at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville North Carolina.


The property and surrounding scenery was just beautiful and the perfect spot for the event.


I got to meet SO many of  our existing clients including the outgoing Association President Thomas Greer of Bailey & Greer PLLC, John Griffith of Griffith Law PLLC, and our very first client Sid Gilreath from Gilreath & Associates PLLC (who is still a valued client after 18 years).


All the Association members made us feel so welcome and at home in the exhibit hall.  For us, this wasn’t as much a conference, but lovely gathering of old friends from our home State of Tennessee.


We are proud to support the valiant efforts of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and we look forward to another great time with everyone next year!


Fit Company Challenge is a Success


Group picture with The Fit Company Challenge Banner

Earlier this month some of Advocate Capital’s bravest team members met bright and early at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park with one unified purpose: to take on the Fit Company Challenge.


President and CEO Mike Swanson, Vice President of Strategic Solutions Jeff Glueck, Executive Account Manager Michelle Rigsby, Senior Director of Strategic Solutions Lynne Cushing, Training Specialist Billie Hardison and Administrative Assistant Bea Solorzano all joined forces in the competitive fitness course.


The event involved nearly every type of strenuous exercise one can imagine, including repetitive push-ups, sit-ups with weights and running with weights.


Fit Company Challenge’s event is designed for all fitness levels and ages, but each of our team members pulled their own weight (and more).


For moral support, family members stood by and cheered on their courageous and strong Fit Company participants.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud of the challenge’s contenders and is looking forward to participating next year. We’d like to especially thank Michelle Rigsby for her work coordinating the event.


Health and wellness is an important aspect of Advocate Capital’s work culture, so stay tuned for our next fitness challenge.


View photos of the event on our Facebook and Google+ pages.


Common Painkillers Linked To Rise In Heart Attack Risk


Authored By: Rachel Markin


Heart AttackA new study has revealed the dangers of using popular over-the-counter painkillers. The BMJ medical journal recently reported that all commonly used NSAIDs- ibuprofen and naproxen, sold under brand names like Motrin or Advil, might increase the risk of a heart attack.


The BMJ article states the drugs increase the risk of a heart attack by 20% to 50%, compared with not using them, regardless of the dosage or the amount of time the drugs have been taken.


CNN Health calls the findings “observational and based on association, with the drugs not proven to be a direct cause of heart attack.”


CNN says the NSAIDS are used to treat fever, relieve pain for an assortment of causes, like the flu, headaches and bodily pain. Due to the different uses, the drugs are usually taken as needed for short spurts of time.


The BMJ research found the level of heart attack increased as early as one week into the use of the drug and the risk was greatest during its first month of use.


New Jersey Attorney Andrew D’Arcy of D’Arcy Johnson Day writes in the Legal Examiner that a California heart specialist has agreed that patients shouldn’t take the drugs carelessly.


Attorney D’Arcy noted Dr. Greg Fonarow’s advice, “Randomized trials and observational data have shown that use of NSAIDs can increase the risk of heart attacks and other types of cardiovascular events. The absolute risk is small, but all individuals considering the use of these medications should carefully weigh the benefits against this increased risk.”


Click here to view the complete BMJ article.


Photo Credit: Cathy Yeulet 

Amy Johnson Named 2017 Paralegal of the Year


Authored By: Iris Garrett


As seen on MarketWatch and Yahoo! Finance.


Amy Johnson Named 2017 Paralegal of the YearParalegal Amy Johnson of the Yarborough Applegate Law Firm has been named the 2017 winner of the American Association for Justice Paralegal of the Year Award Sponsored by Advocate Capital, Inc. Johnson was nominated for this prestigious award by Attorneys David Yarborough and William Applegate, the co-founders of the Charleston, South Carolina firm. They say she is more than qualified to receive this recognition, “Amy Johnson exceeds the requirements to be AAJ’s Paralegal of the Year and is the ideal candidate for this honor.”


As a paralegal for Yarborough Applegate, Johnson provides essential support in case preparation, mediation, and trial. The team also relies on Johnson for her judgement and analytical skills, extensive knowledge in personal injury, wrongful death, and complex civil litigation, and her compassion for clients. Attorney Yarborough says Johnson truly enjoys the paralegal profession, “Amy has worked in the legal field for almost 20 years and has committed herself to her career and helping others in the field.”


In addition to serving on staff at Yarborough Applegate, Johnson is also active in both the legal education sector and her local community. She has presented more than 100 times to national audiences and mentors young associate attorneys and paralegals. Johnson also serves in various roles, including past President, for organizations like the Charleston and National Associations of Legal Assistants and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House.


Only candidates who have made considerable contributions to the paralegal profession and community, shown their value as members of a legal services team, and committed themselves to AAJ’s mission are considered for Paralegal of the Year. Johnson was selected from numerous entrants, and as this year’s award winner, she will receive an engraved trophy and free airfare, hotel and registration to AAJ’s Annual Convention July 22-25 in Boston, Massachusetts.


“We are so pleased to be able to collaborate with AAJ on this important award. Paralegals are a key component to any successful law firm. We hope that this award will help draw attention to the important work that they do in our nation’s civil justice system,” commented Advocate Capital, Inc.’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Swanson.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is the premier provider of strategic financial products and accounting services for successful trial law firms nationwide. It has served the plaintiff bar for 18 years from its headquarters in Nashville, TN and now enjoys a client base that extends nationwide. For more information, visit



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