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American Association for Justice – Distinguished Service Award

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. client Tim BaileyPlease join us in congratulating, Tim Bailey, on being honored by American Association for Justice with the Distinguished Service Award.

 

According to AAJ, “The Distinguished Service Award recognizes members of the AAJ Board of Governors who during the past year have been of special assistance to the President of the Association.  Recipients are honored for going above and beyond their commitment to the principles of the civil justice system and AAJ’s mission.  Through their leadership, these recipients were critical in membership recruitment, fundraising and issue advocacy.”

 

Tim Bailey has served on AAJ’s Board of Governors since August, 2011.  Attorney Bailey, along with his Partners at Bucci, Bailey & Javins, L.C., fight tirelessly for the rights of workers and consumers throughout West Virginia and all across the U.S.   No fight is too big or too far away for this Firm when it comes to preserving the rights of consumers and workers.    As a descendant of three generations of coal miners Attorney Bailey’s passion for the dignity and safety of workers runs deep.

 

At Advocate Capital, Inc., we’re honored to support committed, passionate Trial Lawyers like Tim Bailey and Bucci, Bailey & Javins, L.C., who dedicate their careers to protecting and advocating for consumers and workers and go the distance- the extra mile to ensure the civil justice system endures for us all.

 

Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services

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Ron Netemeyer Obtains $1.25 Million Settlement for Client

 

Advocate Capital Inc. client Ron NetemeyerCongratulations to Ron Netemeyer, the entire team at Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer and their client, who recently obtained a settlement through mediation of $1.25 Million.

 

The Defendant, who was driving drunk, turned immediately in front of the Plaintiff, causing a collision. The Plaintiff suffered a stroke, numerous fractures, (including a neck fracture), a dislocated right knee, a lesion on her liver, stomach bleeding, severe back pain and jaw problems. She was initially hospitalized for one month, before having to return for additional surgeries.

 

The Defendant was driving his father’s vehicle at the time of the crash and the owner had moved to Mexico. Mr. Netemeyer moved quickly to file a suit against both father and son in Missouri. The Defendants had the case removed to federal court due to diversity of jurisdiction, following the Defendant’s move to Mexico. The federal judge ordered the parties to mediate the case. The case was settled at the mediation for policy limits on 2 insurance policies held by the father.

 

Ron Netemeyer is a partner in the firm of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer based in Columbia, Missouri. Mr. Netemeyer handles product liability cases, railroad crossing accidents, automotive negligence, tractor-trailer accidents, nursing home litigation and medical malpractice matters for his clients. He is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the American Association of Trial Attorneys. He has been practicing law since 1998.  To learn more about the outstanding work done by the firm, click here.

 

Congratulations to Ron Netemeyer and the entire team at Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer on this outstanding result for your client. We at Advocate Capital, Inc. are proud to support trial attorneys as they fight for justice on behalf of their clients.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Protecting Children & Sending Message in Day Care Abuse Case

 

Attorney Rasansky files suit against daycare center, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsDallas Attorney Jeff Rasansky is representing the parents in a case alleging that a North Texas daycare center, Heart2Heart Day Montessori Academy in Willow Park, TX, intentionally withheld water from children in order to minimize the number of diaper changes and used duct tape to restrain children.  Luckily, a daycare worker, appalled by the behavior, took appropriate action by taking photos, reporting the abuse and resigning.

 

Attorney Rasansky points out in a recent news story, “…it’s about sending a message to daycare centers that this type of conduct-this behavior will not be tolerated…”

 

Click the video below for more on this story:

 

 

Thanks to Jeff Rasansky for helping ensure the safety of defenseless children by sending the message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated and for holding this day care accountable.

 

Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services

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1st Annual Pirate Day Luncheon

 

Advocate Capital Inc. pirate day lunch

Aaarrrggh Mateys!

 

To celebrate National (Talk Like) Pirate Day, the Advocate Capital, Inc. team enjoyed our first annual festivity on September 17.  We began with a pirate costume contest and had great participants from all departments.  All employees voted and the Best Costume honors went to Matt Sturdivant.

 

We enjoyed a traditional buccaneer lunch of fish and chips courtesy of Uncle Bud’s.  The team was then treated to fabulous desserts from Sweet 16th Bakery here in Nashville.

 

The highlight of the day was the Treasure/Scavenger Hunt.  All “hands on deck” was the theme as everyone began the hunt for 26 different items – - one for each letter of the alphabet.  The search continued feverishly inside, outside and all around!  The winner crowned was Buffy Escue who gathered all 26 items in just over 12 minutes.

 

Thanks to all who participated in their pirate costumes and hunted like scavengers.  Special thanks to the quality assurance team for planning and hosting the event.

 

Please visit our photo albums on Facebook and Google+ and feel free to tag any of the ACI team you recognize.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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IRS Telephone Scam Continues

 

IRS warns telephone scam, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsRecently, the IRS informed taxpayers that a phone scam continues throughout the country.

 

 

The IRS published five easy ways to spot suspicious calls:

 

 

 

  • Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

 

The IRS’ article also provides tips on what to do should you receive one of these phone calls.  To read the entire publication, please click here.

 

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

Vice President, Finance and Administration

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John Lancione Settles Misdiagnosed Meningitis Case

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. clients Lancione & Lancione PLLCongratulations to John A. Lancione, his team and his clients on this confidential settlement.  This medical negligence case was brought by the parents of a four month old infant who was not properly and timely diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

 

The parents brought their infant to the facility on March 17th, with symptoms of cough and a fever that had reached 105 degrees.  The admitting nurse documented an elevated pulse and respiratory rate.  The attending physician did not see or examine the infant.  He was discharged with a diagnosis of bronchiolitis.  At discharge, he still had a fever of 103.2.  Two nights later the parents returned to the hospital when his condition did not improve, and in fact had worsened. The emergency room attending physician noted some very troubling findings in his notes.  The chief complaint was “cough, respiratory distress, and loss of appetite and fever”.  His vital signs were abnormal.  He was discharged again around 2:30 pm on March 19th, though his parents were not comfortable with the discharge and notified the treating doctors of such.

 

While at home on the 19th and 20th, the infant did not improve.  The night of March 20th, the infant began having seizures.  He was taken by ambulance to the facility where he was ultimately diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.  He developed septic shock, requiring mechanical ventilation and was in a coma.  Imaging studies later showed severe brain damage.

 

The parents claimed the facility was negligent for failing to perform appropriate tests that would have diagnosed bacterial meningitis.  Specifically, the standard of care required that the facility perform a blood culture and a lumbar puncture, which would have revealed bacterial meningitis. He would have been treated and he would not have gone on to suffer severe brain damage and loss of hearing.   This settlement allows for the child to have the 24/7 lifelong care required to provide him the proper quality of life following the negligence.

 

Attorney Lancione, a managing partner in the firm Lancione & Lancione PLL, is a third generation attorney who has dedicated his career to helping others.  During his over 22 years of service, he has earned a national reputation for accomplishments in birth injury litigation as evidenced by him being elected the Chairman of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of American Association for Justice in 2008.  For detailed information regarding settlements and verdicts handled by Mr. Lancione and his firm, click here.

 

As parents and family members ourselves, everyone here at Advocate Capital, Inc. is so thankful for attorneys like John Lancione who work tirelessly to protect the rights of our children.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Free CLE Webinar: “Working on High-Profile Civil Rights Cases with Daryl Parks”

 

Public Justice Speaker Series Daryl Parks, Advocate Capital, Inc. reports

Public Justice is offering a special installment in their monthly Speaker Series tomorrow, September 16th, at 2:00pmET/11:00amPT.

 

This special webinar will feature one of the foremost civil rights litigators in America, Daryl Parks of Parks & Crump, LLC.

 

During this webinar, attendees will learn:

 

•  The social context of police shootings in America.

 

•  Strategies for investigating the key facts in a police shooting case.

 

 

•  Strategies for litigating and trying police shooting cases.

 

•  Handling the interplay between criminal actions and civil cases for families and victims.

 

•  Dealing with the media storm in high-profile cases.

 

Daryl Parks has been a member of the Public Justice Foundation since 2005 and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He has appeared on many national television broadcasts including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and Dr. Phil. Nationally known as an attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, Parks is currently working to secure justice for the family of Michael Brown.

 

This free Speaker Series is for “members only” and is another great reason to join Public Justice today!

 

Click here for more details.

 

CLE credit is available for most webinars. See CLE requirements for your state.

(CLE from the following states is available through CLE reciprocity: AK, AZ, CA, CO, FL, ME, MO, NJ, NY, OR and WI. Please check your state’s bar website for more information on reciprocity requirements.)

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Technology News: The Surprising Impact of 1994

 

Technology since 1994, Advocate Capital, Inc. reportsIt is hard to believe 20 years has passed since 1994.  If you are like me, time passes very quickly and before you know it, you are securely enjoying middle age and all of the technological advancements making our lives convenient and fast paced.  I never would have given the year 1994 a second thought.  Turns out 1994 was a year that changed the lives of nearly every single person on Earth.  Take a moment to think about what life was like 20 short years ago.  The progress is nothing short of astounding.

 

Remember “bag phones”, Radio Shack’s TRS80, or The Commodore 64?  How about WordPerfect, Atari, Pong, or the never ending page loads and R2D2 noises of AOL dial up computing (You’ve Got Mail!)?

 

Julie Bort, Editor, Enterprise Computing for Business Insider takes us down a memory lane of sorts in her article entitled “No Google.  No Netflix.  No iPhone.  This Is What Tech Was Like In 1994”.

 

I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, and remember life without the demands of constant emails and connectivity and how glorious it was to “unplug” at the end of each day.  That is exactly what everyone did…well, except for manning the fax machine of course.

 

Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development

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Orange County Trial Lawyers Name 2014 Top Gun Recipients

 

Orange County Top Gun Brian Chase, Advocate Capital, Inc. clientCongratulations to friend and client Brian D. Chase on being named by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association 2014 Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year for Products Liability.

 

According to the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, award recipients have demonstrated exceptional trial skills, as well as commitment to their clients and dedication to the principals of legal ethics.

 

Attorney Chase is being honored with the award based on his work on behalf of client Jaklin Romine in the case of Romine vs. Johnson Controls, et al., (an auto defect seatback case which resulted in the plaintiff being rendered an incomplete quadriplegic) which resulted in a $24.7 million dollar verdict.  The case went up on appeal and the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s ruling that the consumer expectation test was appropriate to prove defect.  This is the first published opinion in California affirming that the use of the test to prove defect was appropriate. A great victory for the consumers of California.

 

With a life-long passion for safety and holding the automobile industry accountable for decisions that cause harm to consumers, Mr. Chase shares his auto product liability experience and expertise in his book “Still Unsafe at Any Speed.”

 

Brian Chase and his Partner, John Bisnar of Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys have dedicated their careers to providing superior client representation to referring attorneys and to their clients, as recently featured in the cover story of the Orange County Edition of Attorney Journal Magazine.

 

Congratulations on this honor and the well-deserved recognition.

 

Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services

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FREE CLE Events from Synergy Settlement Services

 

Free CLE events from Synergy Settlement Services, Advocate Capital, Inc. reports

 

Synergy Settlement Services is hosting FREE CLE events in a city near you.

 

Space is limited. RSVP today to guarantee your spot!

 

  • Baltimore, MD – Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 8:30am-1pm – Hotel Monaco, Baltimore (RSVP by September 12)

 

  • Richmond, VA – Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 8:30am-1pm – Hilton Richmond Hotel & Baltimore (RSVP by September 12)

 

  • Washington, DC – Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 5:15pm-8pm – Social Reform Kitchen (RSVP by September 12)

 

  • Tallahassee, FL – Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 8:30am-12:40pm – Governors Club

 

  • Pensacola, FL – Thursday, October 2, 2014 – 8:30am-1pm – New World Landing

 

  • Birmingham, AL – Friday, October 3, 2014 – 8am-1:10pm – Hilton Birmingham at Perimeter Landing

 

  • Charleston, WV – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – 8:30am-1pm – Four Points By Sheraton Charleston

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from industry leaders discussing trending topics including Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance, Lien Resolution Techniques and Ethics, while earning CLE credits. Click on desired seminar location to locate number of CLE credits by state*.

 

To reserve your spot, email Morgan Knox at morgan@synergysettlements.com.

 

Learn more about Synergy Settlement Services by visiting www.synergysettlements.com or call toll free 877.242.0022.

 

Michael J. Swanson

President and CEO

 

*Please note: CLE credits not offered in the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC locations.

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Industry News: Standly Hamilton Wins $27 Million Verdict Against McDonald’s

 

Chris Hamilton of Standly Hamilton, LLPCongratulations attorney Chris Hamilton of Dallas, Texas firm Standly Hamilton, LLP for your $27 Million verdict against fast food giant McDonald’s.

 

February 18, 2012, two teenagers died as a result of lax security at the fast food restaurant. They died in the early morning hours after a car of four teenagers stopped at the College Station Texas location where police were repeatedly called due to fights among patrons. Two of the teens were attacked by a mob of 15 to 20 and were seriously injured after being kicked and stomped by more than 15 attackers. One teen died on the way to the hospital from the injuries he sustained in the fight, and another teen died when the car they were traveling in collided with a car and then hit a pole. Families claimed that McDonald’s was negligent by not providing adequate security at their College Station restaurant location, despite more than 20 calls to police to break up fights in the year leading up to the teens’ deaths. McDonald’s never hired any security personnel and never installed any security cameras to help protect customers.

 

Mr. Hamilton is quoted as saying:

 

We hope this verdict sends a powerful message to McDonald’s and the other companies that protecting customers is more important than late-night revenue. The night these two kids died was a dangerous location, and McDonald’s knew it. Yet they did nothing to prevent their senseless deaths.

 

We should all be thankful for law firms like Standly Hamilton, LLP who work every day on our behalf to protect us from future tragedy like what happened to these innocent teens and their families. No amount of money will bring those teenagers back, but the hope is this corporate accountability will prevent similar acts of violence from happening in the future.

 

Jeff Glueck

Vice President, Business Development

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Executive Order Ends Corporate Immunity for Federal Contractors

 

President Obama signs executive order, Advocate Capital, Inc. reportsAccording to recent news reports, President Obama has signed an executive order, which will take effect in 2016, that will require the approximately 24,000 companies in the US which have federal government contracts to disclose all of their past labor law and other violations.  In addition, the order will put an end to the practice of corporate-paid arbitrators settling discrimination suits for these companies.  According to Paul Bland, the Executive Director of the Public Justice Foundation, the order represents the “biggest step forward in civil rights in the United States probably since the 1991 Civil Rights Restoration Act.”

 

A full report on the order and its impacts can be seen on here and here.

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Michael J. Swanson to Present at Nevada Justice Association Informational Lunch

 

Advocate Capital Inc. CEO Michael J. Swanson presenting at UNLVMr. Swanson will be traveling to Las Vegas next week to appear as a guest speaker at the Nevada Justice Association Informational Lunch.  His presentation “Law Firm Finance 101 – What they don’t teach you in Law School” provides practical guidance for trial lawyers to successfully manage their law firm finances and features content from his book, How David Beats Goliath – Access to Capital for Contingent-Fee Law Firms.  The lunch is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT and is free to all NJA members.

 

Click here for more information.

 

Tina R. Burns

Vice President

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Important Vote on November 4 in California

Vote Yest on Proposition 46, Advocate Capital, Inc. reports

 

 

At the CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association of California) Convention this past weekend, we learned about a very important issue on the ballot for Californians this November known as California Proposition 46.

 

 

In short, Proposition 46 proposes to demand accountability from the medical profession with these changes to existing law:

 

 

  1. Increase the state’s cap on damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million from the current cap of $250,000.
  2. Require drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive tests to the California Medical Board.
  3. Require the California Medical Board to suspend doctors pending investigation of positive tests and take disciplinary action if the doctor was found impaired while on duty.
  4. Require health care practitioners to report any doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence.
  5. Require health care practitioners to consult the state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances.

 

If approved, Proposition 46 would create the first law in the United States to require random drug testing of physicians.

 

Under the current regulations known as the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), which was signed in 1975 by Gov. Jerry Brown, noneconomic pain and suffering damages as a result of medical malpractice are capped at $250,000.   Experts agree that if MICRA was pegged to inflation, the noneconomic cap would now be set at $1.1 million.

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support trial lawyers like the members of the CAALA organization by pledging financial support, spreading the word about this important vote and challenging any/all trial lawyers, vendors and other businesses to join the fight for this important change in the law.  Join us in supporting this worthy cause by visiting http://www.yeson46.org/ to learn more and make a donation.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Free CLE Webinar: “Ask Public Justice’s Executive Director Paul Bland”

 

Public Justice Executive Director Paul BlandThis month’s free webinar from Public Justice is Wednesday, September 10th, at 2:00pmET/11:00amPT.

 

This special Q&A session with Public Justice Executive Director Paul Bland is a great opportunity to let your voice be heard as a member. By attending, members will learn more about Public Justice cases, future plans for the organization under Paul’s leadership and more.

 

Paul Bland has been a senior attorney at Public Justice since 1997 and presented at more than 100 continuing legal education or professional conferences in more than 25 states. As Executive Director, Paul manages and leads a staff of nearly 30 attorneys and other staff, guiding the organization’s litigation docket and other advocacy.

 

This free Speaker Series is for “members only” and is another great reason to join Public Justice today!

 

Click here for more details.

 

If you would like to submit questions to ask Paul during the webinar, please email Maggie Barr after registering. Questions will also be allowed during the webinar.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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John Hawkins Settles Gas Explosion Case

 

Advocate Capital Inc. client Attorney John HawkinsCongratulations to John Hawkins, his colleague C. Logan Rollins, and their client on this confidential settlement.  In February of 2013, the plaintiff rented a camper from the owner.  After loading items into the trailer, an explosion occurred.  A witness nearby stated the plaintiff rushed staggering out of the trailer with severe burns – with the skin melting off his body.  The fire totally consumed the inside of the trailer.

 

Plaintiff suffered severe burn injuries to his face, arms and legs along with inhalation injuries causing acute respiratory failure.  In addition to numerous surgical procedures for grafting, a tracheostomy and gastrostomy were also required to stabilize the plaintiff.  The mechanical ventilation and feeding tubes remain in place and even when plaintiff is discharged from the hospital set-up, he will require extensive treatment in a rehabilitation facility.  It is unlikely that he will be able to obtain gainful employment in the foreseeable future and will also require psychological counseling to overcome his grief, physical incapability and emotional instability.

 

Attorney Hawkins is the managing partner of The Hawkins Law Firm and dedicates his practice to personal injury victims throughout the state of South Carolina.  Prior to founding this law practice, Mr. Hawkins served the citizens of South Carolina as a state Senator and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, crafting the very laws that govern the state today.

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support trial lawyers like John Hawkins as they pursue justice on behalf of people who are injured due to the negligence of others.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Closing Out Summer In Style!

 

Advocate Capital Inc. Jamaican Me Crazy BingoBoy, it is hard to be believe Labor Day Weekend is already here…the un-official end of summer for 2014!  As a show of appreciation to all of our hardworking associates (even those remote employees), the  Business Development Team hosted our first annual Jamaican-Me-Crazy Bingo lunch for all employees.  We enjoyed a lunch of savory Jamaican jerk chicken and traditional sides while we spun the Bingo wheel for cash and gift card prizes.  As a company we grew 17% in the last 12 months, and the business development team is poised to deliver our busiest August in company history.  We could not accomplish any of this if not for the hard work and dedication of our Nashville employees.  They all live and deliver our mission and value proposition of helping our customers get even better results for their clients.

 

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

 

On behalf of everyone at Advocate Capital, we wish you a glorious long weekend full of rest and relaxation with your family and friends.  We are looking forward to autumn, football, and finishing the year strong.

 

Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development

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Choulos and Client Receive Policy Limits on the Brink of Trial

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. client George ChoulosCongratulations to longtime colleague George Choulos and his client on this outstanding settlement.   Defendants repeatedly denied liability, had offered -0- up until the week before trial, and then accepted plaintiff’s statutory policy limits offer.  Rounding out the plaintiff’s team was Scott Righthand, also located in San Francisco.

 

The motorcycle-automobile accident that is the subject of this litigation occurred in 2007 in Gilroy, California.  The plaintiff was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle in the northbound lane of travel.  The defendant driver was operating his Mercedes automobile ahead of the plaintiff, also in the northbound lane of travel.  Defendant admitted that he was unfamiliar with the area, en route to a party, and recognized the party house AFTER he had already passed it.  Suddenly and without warning, the defendant made an unsafe, last-minute U-turn.  The plaintiff was faced with an emergency situation and in an attempt to possibly avoid the collision, he chose to veer left into the southbound lane of travel.  Unfortunately, the motorcycle collided with the Mercedes causing catastrophic injuries to the plaintiff.  The defense hotly contested liability on the basis that the plaintiff was following too closely until the very end when Plaintiffs’ team of experts convinced them they were likely to lose at trial.

 

The plaintiff was rendered a paraplegic and suffered permanent brain damage.  Plaintiff incurred out-of-pocket medical expenses in excess of $1.9M.  He was unable to return to work and it is believed that he will never be able to maintain gainful employment.  Future medical expenses are estimated at $11MM+.

 

Mr. Choulos is a partner at Choulos, Choulos & Wyle.  While handling all types of catastrophic injury cases, the firm is renowned for its experience in handling motorcycle and bicycle accidents, as well as pedestrian accidents and brain injury claims.  Clearly, this expertise and experience made a huge difference in this case with the defendant denying liability all the way up to trial.  To read more about motorcycle case results and ALL case results by the firm, click here.

 

Advocate Capital, Inc. is thrilled to support the important work done by trial lawyers around the country and in particular, those like Choulos, Choulos & Wyle who have the experience and wherewithal to fight for injured citizens even when justice is 7 years in the making.

 

Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President

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Labor Day Holiday

 

Labor-DayIn observance of the Labor Day holiday, our offices will be closed on Monday, September 1st.  All payments, fundings and other transactions received on this day will be processed promptly on Tuesday, September 2nd.

 

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.

 

Thank you for being our valued customer. The entire ACI Team wishes a safe holiday to all of our customers, staff and their families.

 

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

Vice President, Finance and Administration

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Advocate Capital, Inc. Extends Special Referral Promotion Deadline

 

Advocate Capital Inc celebrates 15th AnniversaryAs you may have read in a recent press release, Advocate Capital, Inc. launched a special promotion increasing referral bonuses by 50% for a limited time. The deadline for this promotion has now been extended to November 1, 2014.

 

This means for all referrals received from outside the company by the new November 1 deadline that become our clients by December 31, 2015, we will pay the referring party a $1,500 bonus.

 

This special promotion celebrates Advocate Capital’s 15th year of standing behind trial attorneys by showing appreciation for our referral sources. Referrals from our existing customers and friends in the industry remain our leading source for new clients.

 

Details about the Advocate Capital, Inc. referral bonus promotion are available at http://www.AdvocateCapital.com/Referral-Program.html or by calling 1-877-894-9724.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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CAALA Annual Las Vegas Convention

 

 

2014 CAALA Vegas

Will you be attending the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’ Annual Las Vegas Convention at the Wynn Las Vegas on August 28-31?

 

Donna Jones and Lisa Wagner will be representing Advocate Capital, Inc. at booth #233 throughout the convention. Stop by and discover how our case expense funding product can help you get even better results for your clients.

 

CAALA Vegas Convention is “the largest convention of trial attorneys in the nation.” This convention, hosted at the Wynn Las Vegas, features networking events, over 100 exhibitors and education sessions presented by top trial lawyers, jurists and legal consultants from across the country. Attendees can earn up to 20 hours of MCLE in just one weekend in Vegas!

 

Don’t forget to visit our booth and enter our raffle for a chance to win a Pebble Steel Smartwatch!

 

We hope to see you there.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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We’re Growing!

 

Advocate Capital Inc. now hiringAdvocate Capital, Inc. is growing!  In our efforts to continue our high level of customer service, we are currently recruiting for a new Accounting Specialist to add to our Accounting Team.  If you or someone you know in the Nashville market is interested, please submit your resume for consideration!

 

Click here to view the job posting.

 

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

Vice President, Finance and Administration

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Celebrating 15 Years with Sid Gilreath

 

2014 marks Advocate Capital, Inc.’s 15th year of standing behind trial attorneys. To celebrate our anniversary, President and CEO Michael J. Swanson recently interviewed our first customer who is still a customer, Attorney Sid Gilreath of Gilreath & Associates, PLLC, about his experience with Advocate Capital over the past 15 years.

 

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New “Dark Posts” for Facebook Pages

 

New Dark Posts for Facebook, Advocate Capital, Inc. reportsFacebook has released a new form of posting for Pages that allows managers more control of targeting. Unpublished posts, or “dark posts,” can improve your page’s ability to test content, according to a recent article by advertising professional Emily Wilson.

 

Ms. Wilson states that in the past Facebook would only “allow Page Managers to limit their posts to specific groups of fans” with targeted posts, but the new “unpublished posts give Page Managers total control over who sees what message.” This new form of posting is unique because you can create posts strictly for promotion purposes targeting a specific population without them showing up on your Page.

 

Remember moderation is crucial for any form of advertising. “Promoting unpublished posts that have nothing to do with what your Page offers, what your product does, or what your brand is about are misleading and will only result in your losing fans and Edgerank,” adds Ms. Wilson.

 

Be sure to read Ms. Wilson’s complete article, “Unpublished Posts: Using “Dark Posts” On Facebook To Test Content” to learn how to get started.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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Free CLE Webinar: “Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure”

 

Rules of Discovery webinar, Advocate Capital Inc. reportsThis month’s free webinar from Public Justice is Monday, August 25th, at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT.

 

This webinar will focus on the proposed changes to the rules of discovery. Presenters Stuart Ollanik of Ollanik Law, LLC, Beth Terrell of Terrell Marshall Daubt & Willie, PLLC, and John Vail of John Vail Law, PLLC will help participants understand “what is changing, and what lawyers need to do to best represent their clients in the face of a changing discovery landscape.”

 

During this webinar, you will learn how to:

 

  • Use changes in the case management process to get more discovery at less expense.
  • Keep the historic changes to Rule 26 – the heart of the discovery rules – from barring the doors to justice for our clients.
  • Show judges that “proportionality” and “cost-shifting” language should not be used to make the injured party bear the defendant’s discovery costs.
  • Use a new tool to uncover stonewalling.
  • Navigate the new sanctions standard.

 

This is a special non-Speaker Series webinar. Registration is open to the public. Don’t miss out! (Register Online)

 

Click here for more details.

 

CLE Credit Provided

*CLE credit can be applied to AK, AK, AZ, CA, CO, FL, ME, MN, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OR, TX, and WI. States with no CLE Credit: CT, DC, MD, MA, MA, MI, SD.

 

Tina Burns

Vice President

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