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Amy Johnson Named 2017 Paralegal of the Year


Authored By: Iris Garrett


As seen on MarketWatch and Yahoo! Finance.


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


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


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


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


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


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



Sean Claggett, Nevada Trial Lawyer of the Year


Sean Claggett, Nevada Trial Lawyer of the YearCongratulations to our great friend and client Sean K. Claggett on his recent selection as Nevada Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Nevada Association for Justice.


Mr. Claggett is the founding member of the Claggett & Sykes Law Firm in Las Vegas.  He started the firm in 2005 with a single client and one employee.  Today, the firm has 18 employees, including six attorneys that handle hundreds of cases.


In 2016 the firm was nationally recognized for the jury verdict in Hendrickson v. Lowe’s, in which his client—a mother of three who suffered permanent injuries—was awarded over $13MM from Lowe’s Companies.  Courtroom View Network identified this verdict as the 4th most influential U.S. verdict of the year.  We also featured the case on the Advocate Capital, Inc. blog.


While Sean Claggett is a fierce litigator and advocate for his clients, his contribution to the practice of law does not stop there.  Not only is Mr. Claggett UNLV alumni, but he teaches Law Practice Management at the Boyd School of Law as an adjunct professor.  He received the school’s most prestigious alumni award in 2010 as the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Alumni of the Year.


However, his dedication does not end teaching at the law school.  Mr. Claggett also serves on the faculty of the prestigious Keenan Ball Trial College where he instructs other trial attorneys across the country.  Sean has also been recognized by Legal Aid of Southern Nevada for his pro bono work.   Mr. Claggett is currently pursuing a class action lawsuit on behalf of veterans with the goal of forcing the Department of Justice to provide mental health benefits for military personnel.


Perhaps the contribution Sean Claggett is most proud of is the community service involvement in Las Vegas.  The Claggett family is often found donating time, energy and money to several local causes including Three Square Food Bank, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, and the Shannon West Homeless Youth Shelter.  The Claggett & Sykes Law Firm was also named a finalist for Best Family Owned Business for Philanthropy by Nevada Business Magazine.


Our hats are off here at Advocate Capital, Inc., and thank you Sean Claggett for your unwavering dedication to justice and selfless service to your community.



9 Hidden Costs of Self-Funding Your Cases


Join President and CEO Michael J. Swanson as he discusses 9 hidden costs of self-funding your case expenses.


Mike will host the hidden costs webinar on June 14th 2017 at 1 PM CST/11:00 PT.


When you sign up for Mike’s webinar, you’ll also receive the webinar recording after it’s complete.


Sign up today:



Law Firm Finance 101 Webinar Registration Open


Webinar This WeekWith an in-depth understanding of finance and the right tools, your guidance will help your contingent-fee law firm operate at its fullest potential. We invite you to join our May 17th webinar with President and CEO Michael J. Swanson to learn the most relevant financial concepts for plaintiff attorneys and pinpoint the challenges contingent-fee law firms face when seeking capital. Also, Mike will discuss the pros and cons of the 10 most common forms of capital utilized by contingency-fee lawyers.


You’ll get steps you can take to improve the financial health of your firm.


Space is limited, so register for the May 17th webinar now:



Law Firm Finance 101 Webinar on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 with Michael J. Swanson:

  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM Central (Chicago)
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM Pacific (Los Angeles)
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM Eastern (New York)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00PM Mountain (Arizona)

Nominations Now Open for the 2017 AAJ Paralegal of the Year Award Sponsored by Advocate Capital, Inc.


As seen on MarketWatch and Yahoo! Finance.


AAJ / Advocate Capital, Inc. Paralegal of the Year Award

Nominations for the 2017 AAJ Paralegal of the Year Award are now open. Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to sponsor this prestigious award for the sixth consecutive year, and we hope that it continues to shed light upon the crucial role paralegals play in our civil justice system.


The AAJ Paralegal of the Year Award Sponsored by Advocate Capital, Inc. is granted to one exceptional individual who consistently makes contributions to the paralegal profession and acts an inspiration to other paralegals through their knowledge of the law, perseverance in cases, and superior skill set. The ideal candidate must also demonstrate a commitment to both continuing legal education and their community through volunteering.


Any AAJ Paralegal Affiliate who has been a member for a minimum one year is eligible to receive the 2017 Paralegal of the Year Award, but they must be nominated by another AAJ Paralegal Affiliate or an AAJ Attorney member in good standing. If you know someone would like to nominate, please submit a completed entry form to Jennifer Rafter at Entries will be accepted through Friday, May 26th.


(Download the 2017 Paralegal of the Year Award nomination form here)


The winner of the 2017 Paralegal of the Year Award will be selected by June 16th and will receive the award at AAJ’s 2017 Annual Convention on July 22-25th in Boston, Massachusetts. Complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations, and registration will be provided.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is the premier provider of strategic financial products and accounting services for successful trial law firms. It has served the plaintiff bar for more than 17 years from its headquarters in Nashville, TN and now enjoys a client base that extends nationwide. For more information, visit or call 1.877.894.9724.


Albert G. Stoll Jr. Achieves Justice


Albert G. StollAdvocate Capital friend and client, Albert G. Stoll, Jr.  represented a single mom and her three children in a gross negligence case against an owner of a 40-unit apartment complex. The owner of the complex had a long history of code violations and had previously been sued both civilly and criminally for substandard housing conditions. Despite previous lawsuits, warnings from city inspectors, multiple tenant complaints, and a previous felony conviction, the owner continued to ignore long established health and safety codes resulting in severe and permanent injuries to a mother and her two young children.


One early summer morning, the mother left two of the three children sleeping in the apartment while she took the oldest child to school. Shortly after the mother and oldest child left, one of the younger children awoke feeling dizzy. Feeling confused he made his way to the family room and sat on the couch. As he sat down, he experienced a burning pain on his backside. He then noticed then the kitchen was on fire and the apartment filled with smoke. He began yelling for his family that he was burning. By this time, his sister had awoken to the smell of burning plastic and smoke. Hearing her brother’s screams, she yelled out to her brother. The young boy was able to feel his way through the smoke-filled apartment, back to his bedroom where he met his sister. Covered in soot and realizing they were trapped in the apartment, the sister convinced her brother they needed to jump from the two-story bedroom window to escape the fire.   At the same time, the children were jumping to safety; the mom arrived back home finding her apartment on fire. She frantically raced into the burning apartment to search for her children. She made it to the young daughter’s bedroom only to realize her children had jumped to safety. She was able to escape the apartment but suffered smoke inhalation.


As a result of the fire, the two young children suffered severe internal and external burns and were placed in medically induced comas. The young boy suffered second, and third degree burns to his head, neck, face, arms, hands, torso, legs, buttocks, feet and internal respiratory burns. The young daughter suffered burns to her arms, scalp, and injury to her eyes.  The firefighters and medical personnel who treated the children stated they did not expect the young boy to survive due to the extent of his injuries.  The young boy has undergone twenty plus surgeries and will need future surgeries as he continues to grow.


The emotional, mental and physical pain and suffering of the young family could have been prevented if the owner had installed adequate smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. During the city’s investigation into the fire, multiple tenants complained of hazards in and around the property. The investigation would reveal an open gas leak in the common yard, no carbon monoxide detectors in any of the units, and 37 of the 40 units lacked smoke detectors in the bedrooms. The building did not have a system-wide alarm, and the majority of the units had malfunctioning stoves.


Despite the gross negligence on behalf of the apartment complex owner, the insurance company pushed for a trial, attempting to place blame on the tenants. Albert G. Stoll and his team took over 50 depositions; and hired eight different experts including the former State Fire Marshall. On the eve of trial, the insurance company settled for a seven-figure settlement.


A tragedy that did not have to happen if the owner would have taken the proper preventative measures. Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support trial lawyers like Albert G. Stoll Jr. as he pursues justice on behalf of his clients. Albert G. Stoll, Jr’s firm handles a variety of personal injury and employment law cases in the San Francisco Bay area. To learn more about Albert G. Stoll, Jr.’s firm and the outstanding results they have achieved, click here.



Meet Advocate Capital, Inc. Client Michael Cowen


Watch President and CEO Michael J. Swanson interview Attorney Michael Cowen of Cowen Mask Blanchard. Attorney Cowen says Advocate Capital, Inc.‘s case expense financing has helped his Texas firm get even better results for their clients.



Michelle Rigsby Newest Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor


Michelle Rigsby QuickbooksCongratulations to Michelle Rigsby on obtaining the QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor status.  With this additional milestone, Michelle will be even more effective assisting our law firm clients with routine account management expertise as well as practical accounting.


Michelle now joins Senior Vice President Donna Jones on the QuickBooks support team.  If you are an Advocate Capital, Inc. client, not only do you receive discounts on user licenses and software upgrades but free Quickbooks training and support as well.



If you have questions regarding your existing Advocate Capital account related to Quickbooks, please contact your Account Manager, call our office toll-free at 1-877-894-9724, or send us a message by clicking here.


If you are not an Advocate Capital, Inc. customer, we hope you join our family of clients very soon!



How To Grow Your Personal Injury Law Firm The RIGHT Way


Learn how to improve your business, so you can achieve better results for your clients. Join CEO and President Michael J. Swanson as he presents “How To Grow Your Personal Injury Law Firm The RIGHT Way” in a free webinar on April 12th. Plus, Mike will personally answer your questions.


Sign up for the April 12th webinar by clicking here. Once you register, you will receive a bonus download of a Growth Case Study. We look forward to seeing you there.


For your convenience, listed below are the April 12th Webinar times for each time zone.

  • 1:00 PM Central
  • 11:00 AM Pacific
  • 2:00 PM Eastern
  • 12:00 PM Mountain



“9 Hidden Costs” March Webinar

Authored By: Rachel Markin


Every day we hear from our clients about the benefits of using our strategic case expense funding program. It’s wonderful to know how our product has helped trial attorneys and their clients across the country.


We are pleased to announce a free webinar on March 8th with our President and CEO, Michael J. Swanson. The webinar will cover the “9 Hidden Costs of Self-Funding Your Case Expenses.” Mike will define important financial terms and personally answer questions about your firm’s needs.


The free “9 Hidden Costs of Self-Funding Your Case Expenses” webinar is a great opportunity for your firm and you to learn more about law firm finance. When you register for the webinar, you will also receive an instant download of Sample Fee Agreement Language.


Space is limited. Click here to reserve your spot now. :






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