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Radius of Influence 2015 Legal Marketing Conference in Denver


Advocate Capital Inc. booth at ROI2015 Conference in DenverWill you be attending the ROI2015 Legal Marketing Conference in Denver on April 29 to May 2?


Michael J. Swanson and Kelly O’Leary will be representing Advocate Capital, Inc. at our booth during the seminar. Stop by and discover how our case expense funding product can help you achieve even better results for your clients.


ROI2015 will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Denver. This annual conference is designed to educate attorneys and legal professionals about the power of networking and word-of-mouth marketing. The conference is built on sessions and workshops that teach best practices for building relationships and a good reputation, which are key to referrals and success in business.


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


We hope to see you there.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Turning Blog Readers into Clients


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>Now that you have your law firm blog started, how can you convert your readers into clients?


In a recent interview, LawLytics Marketing Software CEO Dan Jaffe shared with The National Trial Lawyers Editor & Publisher Larry Bodine six tips to help turn your legal blog into a key marketing piece. Here are his suggestions:


  1. Write about what people care about.
  2. Have another attorney or have a lay person read it, depending on who your audience is.
  3. The title of the blog is important.
  4. Don’t use your name and practice repeatedly in the blog post.
  5. Don’t link to your home page in your blog post.
  6. Pictures will make your blog post more interesting.


(Watch the full video interview “6 Blogging Tips that Will Turn Your Readers into Clients”)


Be sure to check out LawLytics blog and the LawLytics University for future marketing tips.


Tina Burns

Vice President


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Michael Cowen Secures NHTSA Probe for Hercules Tire Cases


Advocate Capital Inc. client Michael CowenOur friend and colleague Michael Cowen of The Cowen Law Group convinced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to initiate a probe into why defective Chinese-made tires were recalled by one importer but not another, even though the tires share the same U.S. distributor. As reported by PR Newswire, the agency opened the investigation on March 10.


In the article, Mr. Cowen is quoted:


It is unconscionable that American Tire Distributors and its Hercules subsidiary have chosen to keep these defective tires on the road, especially after the identical tires sold under the Capital brand were recalled,” Cowen said.  “Hopefully they will do the right thing and recall the tires before someone else is killed or suffers a catastrophic injury.


Read the entire article here.


Michael Cowen represents Krystal Cantu (age 25) who suffered permanent disabling injuries in an August, 2013 crash caused by the left rear tire failing due to tread separation.  Ms. Cantu’s right arm was crushed in the subsequent rollover, resulting in an above-the-elbow amputation.


The accident, the defective tire and Ms. Cantu’s amazing recovery have received national media attention with features on Inside Edition, CBS This Morning very recently in a video interview with Alexander Norouzi for The Box magazine.


Unfortunately, consumers like Krystal Cantu pay the ultimate price for the lack of transparency in the tire recall process.  Lives are lost and the injured face a lifetime of debilitating injuries.  Fortunately, there are attorneys like Michael Cowen who fight the tough fight for justice so citizens like Krystal have access to the justice system and receive fair compensation.


The Cowen Law Group is located in Brownsville, Texas.  Michael is a nationally recognized expert in trucking and car accident cases, successfully handling over 1000 accident cases.  Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to collaborate with trial lawyers like Michael Cowen.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


Civil Justice for Victims of Crime Conference April 20th in Oakland


Advocate Capital, Inc. friend and client Gary GwillianLong-time friend and client Gary Gwilliam will be presenting at the Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in California conference to be held on Monday, April 20th in Oakland, CA. The conference will be an all day event hosted by The National Center for Victims of Crime.


Gary Gwilliam, founding Partner of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer, A Professional Corporation, has been championing the fight for victims for more than 40 years. He’s published countless works, providing leadership for others who join the cause for victims’ rights. He and his partners have been successfully obtaining justice for their clients against the largest insurance companies and corporations since 1978. No fight is too big for this team.


The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. They are dedicated to serving individuals, families and communities harmed by crime.

The Oakland conference to be held on April 20th includes a host of excellent speakers – seasoned professionals who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of justice for victims.


Click here to register or to learn more about the upcoming Oakland conference.


Thanks to Gary Gwilliam and all of the excellent conference presenters for taking time to make a difference.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice-President, Client Services


How to Become a Better Blogger


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>Blogging for your business may seem like a painful process. If you are like the majority of business owners, you have probably asked yourself these questions: Why is a blog necessary? What should I write about? What topics interest my clients?


Despite your reservations, blogging is crucial to your business’s content marketing and web presence. To help relieve some of your writer’s block, we found an excellent list of 50 content marketing resources from Inc. Contributing Editor Jeff Haden. Here are a few from the list:


  • Nuts & Bolts of Web Writing: Web Copy That Sells: Nine Can’t-Fail Formulas by Karri Stover, Business 2 Community. “Pretty much the cream of the crop for copywriting formulas: appetizer, main course to follow.”
  • Content Marketing Advice: 12 Things You Should Be Using Your Blog for (Besides Blogging) by Corey Eridon, Hubspot. “My favorite tip: Go into your old blog posts and make them great.”
  • Writing Inspiration: How to Be More Creative in 5 Simple Steps by Jeremy Duvall, Crew. “Creativity is 85 percent a learned skill. Wow. Really? If that’s the case, it’s so great to have resources like this one from Duvall that cover the topic so deeply. The creativity training routine he outlines is top-notch.”
  • Writing Productivity: How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the “2-Minute Rule” by James Clear, Quora. “Clear is one of my favorite voices on productivity and getting more from yourself and your day.”
  • General Interestingness: Making Your Writing Work Harder for You by Patrick McKenzie, Kalzumeus. “You’re way into my treasures box now. This link is an archived newsletter of McKenzie’s that contains so much good stuff on writing, blogging, and marketing strategies. For instance, should you place the date on your blog posts? What types of content should you be posting? McKenzie’s answers will get you thinking.”


(View the full list of resources)


Remember that practice makes perfect and a consistent blogging schedule is key. If keeping a regular blog feels overwhelming with your workload, there are plenty of professionals available, like WeDoWebContent, who can manage your business’s content marketing initiatives for you.


Tina Burns

Vice President


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Industry News: Today is Be Kind To Lawyers Day


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>April 14th is Be Kind To Lawyers Day.  You can read about it here.


Everyone here at Advocate Capital, Inc. extends our heartfelt thanks to all of our clients and prospects for working so hard to protect our 7th Amendment rights and for being our collective keys to the courtroom.



We want to say THANK YOU for being OUR advocate.


So, take this opportunity to thank a lawyer today!


Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development


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Upcoming Tax Filing Deadline


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>The federal tax filing deadline is this Wednesday, April 15, 2015.


The IRS recently released a reminder of the deadline and some tips on what to do if you need more time to file.


Click here to view the IRS announcement.


Kelly A. O’Leary, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CITP, CIA, CFE

Vice President, Finance and Administration


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Bisnar|Chase Legal Scholarship Opportunity Deadline April 20th


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>Bisnar|Case Personal Injury Attorneys have been fighting for justice for more than 35 years.  They also continually find ways to give back to their community. Whether it’s through the many leadership roles, or the countless community initiatives they develop, they are continuously – conscientiously, working to make a life-long impact in the community and in the law.


This month, they’re offering a $1,000.00 scholarship that can be used for Tuition, Housing, Food or School Supplies.


“The winner will be chosen based on the clarity of writing style and the discussion of comprehensive and innovative answers to how the law community can make the world a better place.”


This is a great opportunity for a student to demonstrate their desire to not only learn more about the law, but how they think the law can make an impact on the world. It’s a great start to critical thinking about making a difference.


Click here to learn how you or a future leader can take part in the scholarship opportunity.


Thanks to Bisnar|Chase Personal Injury Attorneys for their tireless effort & creativity in making a life-long impact.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice-President, Client Services


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Industry News: How Will Driverless Vehicles Impact Your Practice?


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>In a recent meeting with a key client, the topic of ‘driverless vehicles’ came up as a future threat to his personal injury practice.  This presented an opportunity for his firm to proactively look toward new practice lines to diversify the types of cases they pursue, minimizing any future revenue gaps and risk.


This got me thinking, how will driverless vehicle technology impact our prospects and clients?


Stan Sinberg addresses this topic in a recent RocketLawyer blog entitled “Will Driverless Cars Run Over Personal Injury Lawyers?”  Suffice it to say, driverless cars are heading our way due in large part to an estimated $2 trillion dollar impact to the economy.  Industry analysts predict these vehicles will hit the Personal Injury Lawyer right in the wallet.  The statistics are staggering:


  • Human error accounts for 90% of the 5.5 million motor vehicle accidents in 2009 resulting in 34,000 deaths and 2.2 million injuries
  • Driverless vehicle penetration only needs to hit as little as 25% for accidents to drop to a level felt by hard working trial lawyers


Now I am not suggesting that reducing injuries and deaths is a bad thing…it is a good thing, assuming the technology works as advertised.


The central question becomes:  How will your firm be impacted if/when driverless technology is as common place as back up cameras, lane sensors and cars that can park themselves?


Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development


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Federal Courts Struggle With Backlog of Civil Cases


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>I have blogged a number of times in this space about how the lack of funding for the Federal court system is impacting consumers’ rights to be heard at trial. Apparently, this issue persists today.


The Wall Street Journal reports that civil suits are backlogged in Federal courts, which is leading to delays in cases involving Social Security benefits, personal injuries, and civil rights. More than 330,000 civil cases were pending as of October, up nearly 20 percent since 2004, according to the Administrative Office of the United States Court, and the number of cases left unresolved for three years or more exceeded 30,000 for the fifth time in a decade, the Journal reports.


As civil docket backlogs grow, magistrate judges assume greater role. The article goes on to report that in districts with heavy civil case backlogs, US magistrate judges are assuming greater responsibilities, as more and more, parties are opting to have their cases heard by magistrates. The Journal notes that in the fiscal year that ended in September 2014, magistrate judges heard a record 16,000 “civil consent” cases, up 20 percent since 2004.


The full article can be read here (subscription only).


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Advocate Capital, Inc. Spring 2015 Newsletter is Here!


Advocate Capital Inc. Spring 2015 NewsletterThe Spring 2015 Edition of Advocate Capital, Inc.‘s Quarterly Newsletter is available. This quarter’s newsletter features a video of our Client of the Quarter Kay Van Wey of Van Wey Law, PLLC, Advocate Capital Inc.’s Free Month Promotion with Public Justice, 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 Spring 2015 Newsletter)


Tina Burns

Vice President


2015 Public Justice Foundation Phonathon


President & CEO Michael J. Swanson recently interviewed Dan Bryson, an attorney and Partner at Whitfield, Bryson and Mason, LLP, about the upcoming 2015 Public Justice Foundation Phonathon and the benefits of being a Public Justice member.



April is Public Justice Month at Advocate Capital and we are offering a special “One Month Free” promotion to everyone who joins or renews their membership through the “White Sox” team.


For more details about this promotion, contact Advocate Capital, Inc. at 1.877.894.9724 or send an email to


You can contact the Public Justice Foundation by calling 202.797.8600 or by visiting


Tina Burns

Vice President


ROI Discount for Advocate Capital Clients


Advocate Capital Inc. clients receive discount on ROI2015Are you considering attending the Radius of Influence Legal Marketing Conference in Denver this April?


This unique event includes a keynote address by the nation’s leading foodborne illness attorney, Bill Marler. As well as several discussion on how to grow your law firm using key marketing principals.


If you are an Advocate Capital Inc client, we have great news! A 25% corporate discount is available to our clients for conference registration. Please contact us to receive the special discount code. We hope you take advantage of this offer. Not only will you learn some great marketing practices but we will see there. Advocate Capital is also attending and exhibiting at this conference.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Tina Burns

Vice President



Why You Should Become a Member of the Public Justice Foundation



Watch this video to hear from Public Justice’s Membership Manager Maggie Barr as to why you should join me in being a member of Public Justice.


If you sign up with my team, the “White Sox”, before April 9, Advocate Capital will pay your first month’s dues! Click here for details.


Michael J. Swanson

President and Chief Executive Officer


April Fool’s Day Celebration


Advocate Capital Inc. Easter April Fools Day PartyOn Wednesday, April 1st, Advocate Capital had its first ever April Fool’s Day celebration!  Since Easter was right around the corner, we decided to throw in an egg hunt for some added fun!  The eggs contained candy, toys, cash, lottery tickets, coupons for a “free jeans day”, an extra vacation day and in the grand prize egg…a picture of our CEO, Mike Swanson!  The grand prize winner ultimately won a Visa gift card.


Employees were welcomed into the office that morning with a holiday wreath hanging outside the door.  Some of the unusual things inside the office included:



  • Upside down tables
  • Recycling bins “out of order”
  • “Voice activation software” installed on the copier/scanner
  • Backwards chairs
  • An office turned into a cell block
  • A murder scene
  • Name plates upside down or replaced with nicknames
  • Stuffed animals
  • Missing pictures
  • Relocated plants
  • Office and kitchen supplies moved
  • An in-process poker game on the conference room table


After the “What’s wrong around the office?” contest and the egg hunt, our event ended with a backwards lunch.  The first course was an ice cream sundae bar, followed by desert – pizza!


Many thanks to the Accounting and Operations Team (Debbie Ivey, Claire Wood, Shirley Johnson, Billie Hardison, Gina Scruggs, Lisa Larkin and Karen Piercey) for the hard work in planning our first ever Topsy Turvy Easter Fools event!  A great time was had by all!


Check out our Facebook  and Google+ pages to view photos from the event!


Kelly A. O’Leary, CPA, CGMA, MBA, CITP, CIA, CFE

Vice President, Finance and Administration


NHTSA Fines Graco Children’s Products $10MM for Not Recalling Child Seats


Copyright: <a href=''> / 123RF Stock Photo</a>In a recent article in the New York Times, Christopher Jensen writes that Graco Children’s Products agreed to pay $10MM to settle claims that it had failed, “to recall promptly about 4 million child car seats with a defective buckle that could make it difficult to free a child in an emergency.”


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that the company had agreed to pay a $3MM fine, and will spend an additional $7MM on developing safety programs.


The company said in a statement that it had “evaluated the issue in a timely manner,” but in its consent agreement with NHTSA acknowledged that “it did not provide the required notice” to the agency. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Parents need to know that the seats they trust to protect their children are safe … and that when there’s a problem, the manufacturer will meet its obligations to fix the defect quickly.”


A harsh light has been shone on the NHTSA (and its lack of oversight of the auto industry) due largely, in my opinion, to efforts by plaintiff’s attorneys to ensure that manufacturers take the necessary steps to ensure consumer safety.  As the Times reports, “The penalty comes as the safety agency has come under increasing pressure from lawmakers to provide more vigorous oversight of the automobile industry, which recalled a record number of vehicles last year.”


Read the full article, “Graco to Pay $10 Million for Delay in Recall of Defective Child Seats.”


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Meet Attorney Kay Van Wey


President and CEO Michael J. Swanson recently interviewed Attorney Kay Van Wey of Van Wey Law, PLLC about her experience with Advocate Capital, Inc. and why she loves being our client. 



Advocate Capital, Inc. Offers Free Month Promotion for New Public Justice Foundation Members


As seen on Bloomberg BusinessBoston GlobeReuters and Yahoo! Finance.


Advocate Capital, Inc. announced they will pay the first month dues for individuals who sign up for monthly Public Justice Foundation memberships with the “White Sox” team prior to the 2015 Public Justice ‘Super Thursday’ Phonathon.



‘Super Thursday’ will take place on Thursday, April 9th in Chicago, Illinois with two teams trying to acquire the most new and renewed memberships. The “White Sox” team, led by Advocate’s President and CEO Michael J. Swanson and Attorney Dan Bryson, are utilizing the remaining time prior to the Phonathon to sign up as many members with this promotion and outperform the other phonathon team, the “Cubs.”


“At Advocate Capital, we believe in the important work done by plaintiff’s lawyers in their communities and by Public Justice nationwide.  It is our privilege to donate some of our time and resources to help increase the membership for Public Justice.” said Swanson.


Advocate Capital Inc. 2015 Public Justice Foundation PhonathonPublic Justice members receive full access to a monthly Speaker Series – educational webinars designed to help them advance their practices, while earning CLE credits.  Upcoming topics include using social media to enhance a law firm and representing whistleblowers in qui tam cases.  Members can also access past educational sessions in the “Members Only” section of the Public Justice website.  For more information on the Speaker Series, click here


“Plus it’s so much fun – our members have told me that they’ve met some of their best friends through our organization.” said Maggie Barr, Public Justice’s Membership Manager.


To receive your free month, call Advocate Capital, Inc. toll free at 877-894-9724 or send an email to including a phone number and preferred times to be contacted. A credit card and preferred monthly membership level information are required at time of renewal.


The Public Justice Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable membership organization that supports Public Justice’s cutting-edge litigation and educates the public about the critical issues it addresses. Our membership includes leading trial lawyers, appellate lawyers, consumer advocates, environmental attorneys, employment lawyers, civil rights attorneys, class action specialists, law professors, law students, public interest advocates, and other people who care about justice. For more information about the Public Justice Foundation, 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, Tenn. and now enjoy a client base that extends nationwide. For more information, visit


Laszlo Kovacs Pays It Forward


Pay it Forward Laszlo Kovacs and Michelle RigsbyA few weeks after being the recipient of Advocate Capital’s Pay It Forward Award, Laszlo Kovacs paid it forward by recognizing another of our fabulous associates.  He had a difficult time determining who to transfer the award to, given the excellent team we have.  But in the end, he “Paid It Forward” to one of our Quality Assurance Analysts, Michelle Rigsby.


Michelle has been not only a great associate, always diligent, and processing many Quality Assurance Reviews, but she has also been a great resource to Laszlo.


Many thanks to both Laszlo and Michelle for their untiring commitment to our clients, and to their teammates at Advocate Capital.


Two Heroes Emerge in Texas Legislature


Today we welcome guest blogger James E. Girards.  Jim is the owner and founder of the Girards Law Firm.  Learn about his passion for helping the citizens of Texas in this blog.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President



Advocate Capital, Inc. client James GirardsTwo heroes have emerged in the Texas Legislature this session and they need your help. Here’s the backstory: As many of you who read this blog know, the laws that affect property owners in Texas are awful when it comes to protecting your land from large corporations or anyone else who wants to take it to run a pipeline or electrical wires or anything else through it. This firm has been fighting against a multibillion-dollar Canadian oil conglomerate to protect a Collin County, Texas landowner’s rights in this kind of situation. The only thing a foreign corporation has to do to take your land is to file a one-page form in Austin and then they are blessed with the right of eminent domain – and then they also own the system that determines how much they will pay for taking it from you. It’s the only time you can be dragged into court without even the slightest allegation of wrongdoing – and then be forced to give up or pay a lot of money in lawyer’s fees and case expenses for the privilege. Most people simply give up – and the huge corporations who do this count on that.


That can all change with a bill filed by State Senator Lois Kolkhorst from Brenham TX and Rep. Pat Fallon of Little Elm TX. These two heroes have taken on the multi-billion dollar interests that own this system and have called them out in order to protect Texas landowners. And, they need your help to do it because it isn’t easy to fight a system like this. The bills they filed [Senate Bill 474 and House Bill 3065] will make the oil companies and multinationals pay the property owners’ attorney fees if they don’t pay you a fair price for taking your land. It’s that simple to restore fairness in this system. And, my contacts on the “other side” tell me the multinationals are scared to death of these bills and will stop at nothing to kill them – unless you help. Now, you might think I am overstating their fear of these bills. But, believe me, they pay pennies on the dollar for the property they take from landowners because most cannot afford to fight them. If they are forced to “play fairly and pay fairly” they will have to rethink the entire system they have owned for decades. That’s where you come in. A good bill dies when no one pays attention. And good legislators don’t spend valuable political capital on even the best bill if no one cares enough to support them with phone calls, letters, and emails that they can use in negotiations with other state legislators. When the tangible evidence of popular support is there, they can push hard and get good bills passed. So, here is what you can do: 1) read the bill by clicking here. 2) Call both Senator Kolkhorst and Rep. Fallon’s offices and tell the person who answers the phone that you are calling in support of SB474 and HB3065 and urge them to pass them, and 3) call your own state senator and state representative and tell them the same thing. If you don’t know who represents you in Austin then click here to find out. Tell them to support Texas landowners and make the huge corporations who take our land to “Play Fairly and Pay Fairly.” Here is the contact info for Sen. Kolkhorst and Rep. Fallon:


Sen. Lois Kolkhorst [SB 474]
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711


Rep. Pat Fallon [HB 3065]
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0694


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Free Workshops on How to Manage a More Successful Law Firm


Advocate Capital Inc. client John FisherA great way to learn helpful tips of the industry is by attending seminars and workshops. In the months of March and April, John Fisher of John H. Fisher, P.C. invites you to attend two events covering the topics of internet marketing and understanding the mind of a juror.


The workshops will be held in White Plains, Manhattan and Long Island between March 24th and April 8th. All of the events are free and include a complimentary dinner.


For more information, and to register for these two events, follow the links below:


The Jury Project


How to get Your Law Firm’s Website on the First Page of Google


You can also register by calling 845-802-0047 or emailing Corina Skidmore at


Tina Burns

Vice President


Women in Politics Event to be Hosted by Pamela Y. Price


Attorney Pamela Y. PricePamela Y. Price, a leader in the Oakland legal community, is sponsoring this important event, “Women in Politics: A Conversation About Us.”


The event will take place on Thursday, March 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 126 Broadway at 3rd Street, Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. Please RSVP to Cheryl Moore by texting or calling 510-612-5890.


For more information on the great work Pamela Y. Price is doing in her community, visit her website.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Sally Morin Law Success with Settlement 10 Times the Initial Offer


Advocate Capital, Inc. client Sally MorinCongratulations to San Francisco bicycle accident attorney Sally Morin of Sally Morin Law Firm for securing a settlement of $70,000 for her client due to an electric bicycle accident.


While riding his electric bicycle to work in San Francisco, a 36-year old cinematographer was suddenly hit by a vehicle making an illegal left turn. The outcome of this accident resulted in a broken thumb and surgery for the motorist. It was also necessary for him to undergo three months of occupational therapy, leaving him unable to perform his work obligations. The driver’s insurance carrier offered him $7,000 to settle the claim, but that would not have even covered his medical bills. After teaming up with Morin, she was able to fight the insurance company with him and secure a settlement that would cover his medical expenses and compensate his loss of income.


Congratulations to Sally Morin for going the extra mile to help her clients! We are honored to have her as one of our clients.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Capretz & Team Secure Changes to Proposed NFL Concussion Settlement


Advocate Capital Inc. Client James Capretz teamAdvocate Capital, Inc. friend and client James T. Capretz, of Capretz & Associates, in representing former NFL quarterback Preston Jones and others similarly situated, successfully argued to a federal judge to issue a ruling that the proposed NFL concussion settlement should incorporate changes including credit for seasons played in the NFL Europe league.


According to an article featured in a recent Los Angeles Daily Journal article by Don J. DeBenedictis:


Under the original NFL settlement plan, veterans of the World League of American Football and is successors, the NFL Europe League and the NFL Europe League, were counted within the plaintiffs’ class – but they would receive no credit for season played in Europe in calculating their benefits.


James Capretz became aware of the exclusion when retired NFL and NFL Europe league player, Preston Jones, requested Capretz review the proposed concussion settlement agreement. He discussed the settlement with other attorneys and found the exclusion to be not fair or reasonable. Jim stated, “I decided there was a basic wrong here, and no one could explain why.” Capretz and his colleague, Don K. Ledgard focused on the European League exclusion in their objection to the settlement and their persistence paid off. The Judge recommended changes to the settlement that should include credit for the Europe league seasons, should cover more deceased players, remove a funding cap on certain medical testing, and provide a hardship waiver for the appeal fee.


The NFL payout with the proposed new additions could range from $765 million to almost $1 billion.


Capretz & Associates  has a diverse portfolio of cases specializing in mass tort and class action litigation. The firm is located in Newport Beach, CA representing clients throughout the US. Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to collaborate with trial lawyers like Capretz & Associates as they seek justice for clients and work to insure that our civil justice system serves everyone.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


Michael J. Swanson Interviewed by’s Larry Bodine


Larry Bodine, Editor in Chief of, interviews Advocate Capital, Inc.’s President and CEO Michael J. Swanson about how plaintiff lawyers can finance the expenses of a case.



During the interview, they discuss how case expense financing works, what makes Advocate Capital, Inc. different and Mr. Swanson’s book, How David Beats Goliath: Access to Capital for Contingent-Fee Law Firms.


(Read the full interview article on


Tina Burns

Vice President


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