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Thanksgiving Holiday


Copyright : Iveta Aleksandrova AngelovaThanksgiving is a time for family. The Advocate Capital family will be closed for Thanksgiving and the Friday following. All funding requests received  on Wednesday, November 25 will be processed with a Friday, November 27 date.


All payment requests received by 3:00 pm CST on Wednesday, November 25 will be processed with a Monday, November 30 date. All funding and payment requests received after the above Wednesday times and through Sunday, November 29 will be processed promptly on Monday, November 30.


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 the address:


Thank you for being a valued customer. The entire Advocate Capital, Inc. Team wishes you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.


Mary Berst

Director of Finance and Administration


Photo Credit: Iveta Aleksandrova Angelova

How Wearable Technology and 3D Printing Will Impact Litigation


Photo Credit: Claudia MoraAs we approach the chaos of the holiday shopping season, we may consider Fitbits, Apple watches or even 3D printers as great gift ideas for relatives. What you may not realize is how the increased popularity of these items will provide a practical use for lawyers.


In a recent article, Nicole Black of MyCase shared some examples of how “lawyers are already using both types of technology to provide better, more effective representation for their clients.” Here are a few of her examples:


  • In December 2014, a Calgary law firm used its client’s Fitbit data as evidence in a personal injury matter to show that her activity level had significantly decreased since the accident at issue as a result of her injuries.
  • Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, used a rape complainant’s Fitbit data to refute her claims. While she alleged that she’d been asleep when an assailant broke into her home and attacked her, data from her Fitbit indicated she’d been awake and walking around for much of the evening.
  • A few forward-thinking lawyers have already used 3D printing to support their clients’ claims. Thus far, 3D printing has proved particularly useful during the pre-litigation phase of a case, although it will most certainly be used during all phases of litigation.


(View the full article, “Wearable Technology, 3D Printing and Litigation”)


Technology is continuing to evolve and it’s important for litigators to stay up to date. As Ms. Black states, “By understanding the limitations and possibilities of emerging technologies, you’re able to offer your clients the best possible representation.”


Tina Burns

Vice President


Photo Credit: Claudia Mora

Advocate Capital, Inc. Supports Public Justice with #GivingTuesday, December 1st marks the first day of the annual, month-long campaign, #GivingTuesday. During the month of December, supporters are asked to make a special, tax-deductible gift in support of Public Justice.


During the holiday season, it is easy to get caught up in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hustle and bustle, but Public Justice is urging people to change their focus to supporting good causes. If you would like to make a one-time, tax-deductible gift to this great organization, you can do so by completing this quick and easy donation form.


Public Justice LogoThe Public Justice Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable membership organization that supports cutting-edge litigation and educates the public about critical issues. Their mission is to pursue high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses.


Thank you in advance for your support of this great organization who makes it their first priority to Right Wrongs.


Tina Burns

Vice President


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Consumer Rights Protection via Passing of the Arbitration Fairness Act


Copyright: Hieng Ling TieMost people at some point in their life will be given the option “click here to agree,” whether it be in a credit card, wireless phone, or other similar binding agreement. By clicking that option, you agree to the terms and conditions provided by the company you wish to receive service.


The huge issue here is that those terms are conditions are riddled with lengthy content that most likely contains an individual arbitration clause. These clauses bar people from joining together in class-action lawsuits, and force “going it alone” should you choose to sue these large corporations.


To read more about this corporate bullying tactic, you can read a three-part investigative series titled Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice.


The good news is there are proposed bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate that would rid us of these clauses. The bad news is Congress has stalled the process of turning these bills into laws, therefore, stalling the constitutional rights of consumers.


If you would like to join in the movement of getting these bills passed, please sign the petition that tells Congress it’s time to make a change. Follow this link to sign the petition today!


Tina Burns

Vice President


Photo Credit: Hieng Ling Tie



Advocate Capital, Inc.’s Team Hope Volunteers at Second Harvest Food Bank


Advocate Capital Inc. Team Hope Second Harvest


On Tuesday, November 17th, Advocate Capital’s Team Hope volunteered for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee by sorting food for a few hours. As a group, we helped sort and pack 7,622lbs of food and provide 5,863 meals to families in need! We would like to thank all of our employees who took the time to volunteer:


Jaime Bruder

Tina Burns

Buffy Escue

Jeff Glueck

Laszlo Kovacs

Lynn Malone

Tiffany Orth

Karen Piercey

Mike Swanson


View photos from our day volunteering in our Facebook and Google+ albums.


Team Hope is still hosting our Virtual Food Drive where we have set a goal to raise $500 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. The virtual drive will run through the month of November, so there is still time to donate and help us reach our goal!


We would like to give a huge thank you to all who have donated to a great organization that helps those in need in our community, especially during this holiday season.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Simona Farrise Holds Janssen Pharmaceutical Accountable in Wrongful Death with $8M Verdict


FarriseCongratulations to Attorney Simona Farrise of the Farrise Law Firm of California for taking on pharmaceutical giant Janssen Pharmaceutical and holding them accountable for the death of 25 year old Leo Liu. Leo Liu was used in a human drug experiment in Janssen’s quest to develop Risperidone, an injectable form of Risperdal. Simona Farrise took the case in 2009 to represent the parents of Leo Liu and to bring Janssen Pharmaceutical to justice. After nearly six years of intense litigation led by attorney Simona Farrise, a jury spoke returning a verdict of $8.0 million on behalf of the mother of Leo Liu and found Janssen 70% responsible for the death.


At the age of 19 Leo Liu developed a sudden onset mental disorder and was subsequently diagnosed with schizophrenia. By 2009, Leo was 25 and desperate for help to reclaim the happy, active life he enjoyed prior to his diagnosis. Despicably, Leo Liu was persuaded by Janssen’s clinical investigator to participate in a human drug experiment Janssen was conducting on schizophrenics to gain FDA approval of a new form of its long time drug Risperdal.


In separate actions concerning the same drug, Johnson & Johnson and three of its subsidiaries agreed to pay $2.2 billion dollars to resolve criminal and civil claims for improper off-label marketing practices involving the use of Risperdal. Despite that, Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, pushed forward with the clinical trial of the injectable form of the drug known as Risperidone. Leo Liu was about to become their next victim.


On February 22, 2009, despite an abnormal screening EKG and abnormal lab results at screening, Leo Liu was entered into the human experimental trial and a couple of days later injected with Risperidone. Hours following the injection, lab results indicated panic level abnormal liver test results and continuing EKG abnormalities, yet the Janssen investigator who was vetted, hired and paid by Janssen to conduct the experiment, took no action to get Leo desperately needed medical services. On February 25th just two days following the injection, Leo Liu was sent to a local hospital by Janssen with none of their information about the heart and liver problems and he died very soon after arrival at the age of 25.


As Simona Farrise so accurately puts it,

I have to make the distinction that this is not medicine, the injection was not given to help him or to cure him. It was designed for Johnson and Johnson to be able to sell a new formulation of an old drug legally protected by a patent from any competition and make money.


We are honored to support trial lawyers throughout the U.S. like Simona Farrise who demonstrate the legal acumen, expertise, passion and the commitment to justice in taking on corporate giants like Janssen. Simona Farrise pushed forward for many years to seek justice on behalf of Leo Liu’s family, who died needlessly while carelessly being used as part of a human drug experiment. Click here to view news coverage on the verdict.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


Eberstein & Witherite, L.L.P. Named to Top 100 Places to Work


Dallas_Morning_News_Top100_2015horxCongratulations to friend and client, Amy Witherite, owner of the Dallas, TX based personal injury law firm Eberstein & Witherite, LLP, on the Firm’s recent designation as a 2015 Top 100 Places to Work.


After being nominated, Firm employees participate in a survey and responses are benchmarked against responses from employees of other nominees in the same size category.


Focusing on building a brand and a successful practice is simply smart business, but Amy Witherite gets the big picture and extends her focus to building an award winning work environment for a team of excellent lawyers and staff members committed to getting the best result possible for injured people and small businesses. Building a great business includes dedication and focus to overall organizational health. Employees have spoken and Eberstein & Witherite, LLP is a winner!


Eberstein & WitheriteIn addition to being a great leader, Amy Witherite is also recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as a lawyer in the Nations’ Top One Percent for 2015. Texas Super Lawyers has named her as one of the 50 Best Women Lawyers in Texas and she has been selected repeatedly by her peers as a Texas Super Lawyer.


Please join us in congratulating Attorney Amy Witherite on being recognized not only as a superior lawyer for injured people and small businesses, but also as an award winning organizational leader!


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


Photo Credit: Business Wire



Democrats Warn Consumers are Losing Their Rights


Copyright : zerborWe have blogged many times in this spot about the negative impact of arbitration clauses on consumers’ right to a trial by jury.  In a recent article in The Hill, Lydia Wheeler reports that congressional Democrats “are calling on regulators to protect consumers’ right to settle disputes with companies in court.” Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) “joined legal experts with the American Association for Justice on Monday to highlight a New York Times investigation that found more and more companies are stripping consumers of the ability to file class-action lawsuits.” According to the Times report, “companies have devised a way to circumvent the courts through arbitration clauses.” The clauses “typically state that disputes about a product can only be resolved by privately appointed individuals or arbitrators, rather than through the court system, and bar consumers from bringing group claims through the arbitration process. ‘These dishonest agreements force consumers to unknowingly give away their rights,’ said Linda Lipsen, CEO of the American Association for Justice. ‘Arbitrators are not required to follow the law and their decisions are almost impossible to appeal.’”


The full article in The Hill can be read here.


The New York Times report can be read here.


Indiana Trial Lawyers Association 51st Annual Institute


ITLA_LogoLisa Wagner and I were so pleased to participate in the ITLA’s 51st Institute in Indianapolis Indiana last week.


This was our first year exhibiting at this event and as I drove up to the convention center I was awe struck with just how BIG Lucas Oil Stadium is.  What an amazing venue for a football game that venue must be!


Lisa and I had the opportunity to meet so many attendees during the conference.  Thank you all for stopping by our booth to say hello.  You all made us feel so welcome.


Congratulations Lee Christie of Cline Farrell Christie & Lee for winning the Trial Lawyer of the Year award!


We look forward to being back next year, and seeing you all again.  Until then, Go COLTS!


Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development


Brown, Moore Obtains $7.5M Judgment in Medical Malpractice Trial


Advocate Capital Inc. clients Brown Moore & AssociatesCongratulations to our friends at Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC and their client on this outstanding jury verdict!


The 50-year-old plaintiff sought treatment to remove a polyp in her colon. She underwent surgery and was released a day after the procedure despite reporting difficulty urinating, and labs indicating sepsis. The plaintiff returned to the hospital eight hours after discharge complaining of symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and an inability to urinate. The original surgeon’s colleague admitted the plaintiff with a diagnosis of urinary retention. Despite the plaintiff’s rapidly deteriorating condition and her meeting the hospital’s written criteria for severe sepsis, the treating doctors did not order tests to diagnose sepsis. The plaintiff received a sepsis diagnosis after a consultant ordered a blood culture. The plaintiff transferred to a different hospital where she would spend months on life support, eventually recovering enough to have a third surgery. During this third surgery, the new surgeons discovered a 3mm hole at the original surgical site.


The Brown Moore team successfully argued that the defendant surgeons failed to render appropriate care by not locating the source of the sepsis. Plaintiffs argued the sepsis origin was a bowel leak where the colon was surgically reattached to the small intestine after the first surgery (partial colectomy). The defendants claimed the hole developed after the plaintiff’s transfer to the second hospital. They attempted to bolster their claim by pointing out the development of an abscess seen on the plaintiff’s radiology films. Brown Moore countered with an article produced by one of the defense experts. The article pointed out that most patients who suffer a leak, like the plaintiff, would develop peritonitis rather than an abscess. Brown Moore further showed that the plaintiff was diagnosed with peritonitis by the original defendant surgeons.


The highest pre-trial offer made by the defendants was zero. After a two-week trial, and less than two days of deliberations, the jury found in favor for the plaintiff and awarded her $7.5M.


Attorneys R. Kent Brown , Jon R. Moore, and Paige Pahlke work tirelessly to obtain the best possible results for their clients. This personal injury firm with more than four decades of experience is located in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is honored to partner with firms like Brown Moore & Associates PLLC as they pursue justice on behalf of those injured due to the negligence of others.


Congratulations again to Brown Moore & Associates and their client on this exceptional verdict!


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


For All Those Who Served


Copyright : Stephen McsweenyNovember 11th is a special day for several reasons.


•   1918: World War I officially ended by the signing of the Armistice by the Allies and Germany. Hostilities officially ended at 11:00 am.


•   1920: The burials of the unknown soldiers take place simultaneously in Westminster Abbey, London, at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.


•   1921: President Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.


•   1940: Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle, known as the ‘Jeep’.


For us all, November 11th is the day we pause to remember our nations Veterans and the sacrifices they collectively made for this country to be the most prosperous nation in the history of man. Many lives lost, sacrifices made. For all those who served in our Armed Forces, everyone here at Advocate Capital, Inc. takes pause to salute YOU with our deepest thanks for your service.


You can read more about the history of November 11th here.


Happy Veterans Day.


Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development


Photo Credit: Stephen Mcsweeny

Tools to Minimize Your 2015 Tax Liability


Copyright : Scott Van BlarcomThe IRS stands firm on the ruling that client case costs are considered a receivable for accounting and tax purposes and are not a tax deductible expense. However, the Advocate Capital, Inc. Case Expense Funding product provides a solution to help contingency fee lawyers to minimize their annual tax liability.


As we quickly approach year-end, Advocate Capital, Inc. clients can fund client case costs, using the proceeds generated from the funding request to make tax deductible payments before year-end, minimizing the Firm’s current year tax liability.


Below are just a few examples of tax deductible expenditures a Firm can make using the cash they have access to by funding their client case costs before year end:


  1. Year End Bonuses
  2. Charitable Contributions
  3. Maximize 2015 Retirement Account Contributions (click link for 2015 limits)
  4. State & Local Tax Payments (including Property Taxes)
  5. Unpaid Medical Bills
  6. Purchases for certain Section 179 Property (maximum section 179 deduction for 2015 is $25,000.00)


Make the time to ask your tax adviser about other tax deductible expenditures you can make before year end to minimize your individual 2015 tax liability. The dollars you save may be your own!


The Advocate Capital, Inc. Case Expense Funding product provides countless strategic financial solutions for Plaintiff Lawyers; minimizing the annual tax liability, is just one of many solutions. To learn more about how the Case Expense Funding product can benefit your clients and your practice, contact your Account Manager or click here for contact information.


Lisa Wagner
Senior Vice President, Client Services


Photo Credit: Scott Van Blarcom

Michael Guajardo Receives John Howie Award


Advocate Capital Inc. client Michael Guajardo Congratulations to Michael Guajardo of Guajardo & Marks, LLP on receiving the 2015 John Howie Award by the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. The John Howie award is given to attorneys, and their clients, who face adversity during their pursuit of justice in a specific case.


Attorney Guajardo and his client were recognized for their sexual assault case against Southern Methodist University. Guajardo stated, “I am thankful to our client for trusting our firm to protect their right to justice during an incredibly personal and difficult time.”


Guajardo & Marks, LLP is a Dallas-based firm that seeks to help catastrophic personal injury victims seek the compensation and legal help they deserve. The firm is dedicated to providing their clients with the best service and care during their difficult time.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support lawyers such as Michael Guajardo who fight for their clients rights and stand for justice.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Advocate Capital, Inc. Hosts Food Drive


Advocate Capital Inc. Team Hope Food Drive Second Harvest Food BankDuring the entire month of November, Advocate Capital, Inc.’s Team Hope will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Hunger impacts the lives of 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children, and we are doing something about it!


In addition to our food drive here in Nashville, we will be hosting a Virtual Food Drive for anyone to donate at any location. Through the Virtual Food Drive, donors have the option of either online grocery shopping their donations or making a specific dollar amount donation. For every dollar donated, four meals are provided to hungry children, families, and seniors in the Nashville community!


If you would like to donate via the Virtual Food Drive, click here!


November is a month to celebrate and give thanks, so please help us make the holidays a bit more special for those in need, and give them something to be thankful for. All donations are greatly appreciated!


Tina Burns

Vice President


Advocate Capital, Inc. Fall 2015 Newsletter is Here!


Advocate Capital Inc. Fall 2015 NewsletterThe Fall 2015 Edition of Advocate Capital, Inc.‘s Quarterly Newsletter is available. This quarter’s newsletter features a video of our Client of the Quarter John Fisher of John H. Fisher, P.C., Injury Board Day of Action, Tips to Manage Your Online Reputation, 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 Fall 2015 Newsletter)


Tina Burns

Vice President


Arizona Trial Lawyers Association Sidney T. Marable Advanced Trial Advocacy Conference is a Wrap!


AZTLAThe Arizona Trial Lawyers Association Sidney T. Marable Advanced Trial Advocacy Conference was all treats and no tricks over the Halloween weekend. Both Dan Taussig and Barry Epstein represented Advocate Capital during the two day conference.


The fun-filled weekend was jam-packed full of visiting clients, meeting new vendors, and conversing with potential clients. We were greatly impressed by the Arizona Trial Lawyer Association’s delivery of a successful conference.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is privileged to support trial lawyers all over the country and the work they do to help their clients.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Free Webinar Presented by Advocate Capital, Inc. and Synergy Settlement Services



Free webinar Advocate Capital Inc. Synergy SettlementsAdvocate Capital, Inc. and Synergy Settlement Services are teaming up to offering a free webinar, “Law Firm Finance 101 & Protecting Medicare and Medicaid Interests in PI Settlements”, on Tuesday, November 17 at 2 p.m. (EST).


This webinar will feature two informative sessions:


Law Firm Finance 101, presented by Advocate Capital, Inc.’s President and CEO Michael J. Swanson, will offer educational content on a variety of financial and business management topics relevant to the operation of a contingent-fee law firm.


Protecting Medicare and Medicaid Interests in PI Settlements, presented by Synergy Settlement Services Chief Executive Officer Jason D. Lazarus, J.D., LL.M., CSSC, MSCC, will explore the ever changing and challenging landscape surrounding Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance, the preservation of needs based public benefits will be covered and how these two areas can insulate against costly malpractice mistakes when it comes to keeping government benefits in place post settlement.


(View full size flyer)


Don’t miss your chance to hear from the experts. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please RSVP by November 13 to


(FL CLE credit pending approval)


Tina Burns

Vice President


Paying It Forward


Advocate Capital Inc. Donna Jones Pay It ForwardDonna Jones (right) was recently recognized by Debbie Ivey (left) as our newest Pay It Forward award recipient.


Donna was acknowledged for being professional, patient and understanding. Her willingness to help when needed and go the extra mile for our clients make her an invaluable member of the Advocate Capital, Inc. team.


Congratulations, Donna!


Tina Burns

Vice President


Advocate Capital, Inc. Voted Best Litigation Funding Company


Copyright : Ivan RyabokonAdvocate Capital has been voted Best Litigation Funding Company in the Daily Business Review’s Best of Awards. In over 52 categories containing several hundred eligible firms, Advocate Capital was voted number one!


At Advocate Capital, it is our mission to help an ever-increasing number of plaintiff lawyers get even better results for their clients. We would like to give a big thank you to all who voted for us! It is an honor to receive this momentous award from the South Florida community.


The Daily Business Review will be publishing the survey on their November 17th issue.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Photo Credit: Ivan Ryabokon

Indiana Trial Lawyers Association 51st Annual Institute


ITLA_LogoWill you be attending the ITLA’s 51st Annual Institute in Indianapolis on November 5-6?


Jeff Glueck and Lisa Wagner will be representing Advocate Capital, Inc. at booth #5. Stop by and discover how our case expense funding product can help you get even better results for your clients.


The 51st Annual Institute will take place at the Indiana Convention Center. This two-day seminar provides exceptional CLE presented by nationally-recognized trial attorneys and other experts. Earn up to a year’s worth of CLE hours including ethics and learn important changes in Indiana law while networking with hundreds of other ITLA members.


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


We hope to see you there.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Advocate Capital, Inc.’s Team Hope Participates in Race for the Cure



Advocate Capital, Inc. Team Hope Race for the Cure 2015


On Saturday, October 24th, Team Hope Raced for the Cure at the annual Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Komen Race for the Cure in Greater Nashville. Advocate Capital was represented by 21 walkers and runners total!


Team Hope raised a total of $1,769 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation! Thank you to all who participated and all who made a donation to the Advocate Capital team. It was a truly inspiring event to wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


If you did not have a chance to donate prior to the Race, but still would like to, you can make a donation here!


Click on our Facebook and Google+ albums to view our pictures from the event.


Tina Burns

Vice President


Employees Raise Awareness During Think Pink Party


Advocate Capital Inc. Think Pink Party

On Friday, October 23, the Advocate Capital, Inc. office came together for our monthly employee appreciation lunch to kick off Team Hope’s participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure here in Nashville, Tennessee.


The office and employees all supported the cause with décor and apparel themed appropriately “Think Pink”.  The office was full of pink items, including a personalized banner and balloons.  All employees voted and the “Best Dressed” award went to Tiffany Orth.


We enjoyed hot chicken and sides from Hattie B’s, a local specialty of Nashville.  We also dined on tasty pink desserts including cupcakes, candy, and fresh strawberries.


The highlight of the day was the office team building event.  The teams competed in our First Annual Interoffice Relay.  The games included a pumpkin hop, putt-putt golf, water pong, dice walk, and ended with the “push a peanut drill.”  Team 2 comprised of Lisa Larkin, Tina Burns, Lynne Cushing, and Shirley Johnson celebrated the win with a best time of 1:29:01!


View photos from the Advocate Capital, Inc. Think Pink Party in our Facebook and Google+ albums.


Thanks to all who participated in the festivities and more importantly for helping Team Hope  raise awareness for this amazing, worthy cause.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


Matt Dubin Releases New Resource for Consumers


Maximizing Your Injury Claim DubinAdvocate Capital, Inc. friend and client Matt Dubin, of the Law Offices of Matthew D. Dubin, has recently released his new book “Maximizing Your Injury Claims.”


This book is written in non-legal language to help consumers learn what they need to know when dealing with insurance companies and the legal system to get the settlement they deserve.


In an interview with President and CEO Michael J. Swanson, Matt discusses why he wrote this consumer focused book:



If you are in the Seattle area, join Matt Dubin for his book release party tonight at Hotel Monaco from 7-10 p.m. This is free event featuring music, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and book signing. For more event and ticket information, visit the Eventbrite page.


Advocate Capital, Inc. congratulates Matt Dubin on the success of this excellent resource for not only injury victims but all consumers.


Tina Burns

Vice President


New Mastermind Group – Just a Few Seats Remain!


Mastermind GroupMy friends John Fisher and Larry Bodine are hosting a new mastermind meeting for plaintiff lawyers in Chicago next month.  The event will be an all-day meeting at the Union League of Chicago on Thursday, November 19th, 2015.


John and Larry are experts in the management and marketing of plaintiff law firms and I know this will be a very valuable meeting for all in attendance.  You can find more information here and you can click here to register.


Larry told me that there are only two seats left, so register today!


Michael J. Swanson

President and Chief Executive Officer


Proposed Federal Rules Would Make Suing a Nursing Home Easier


Copyright : agenturfotografinWe have blogged in this space many times about the impact of arbitration clauses on consumers’ access to the court system.


In a recent article, National Public Radio reports that the federal government “is now considering safeguards that would regulate the way nursing homes present arbitration agreements when residents are admitted,” but “more than 50 labor, legal, medical and consumer organizations have told the government that’s not enough,” and “they want these pre-dispute arbitration agreements banned entirely.” NPR notes that 34 US senators and attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia “also have called for banning the agreements.” The proposed federal regulation “would require nursing homes to explain these arbitration agreements so that residents or their families understand what they’re signing,” and “would also make sure that agreeing to arbitration is not a requirement for nursing home admission.”


The full article can be read here.


Photo Credit: agenturfotografin

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