Biren Law Group Demands Justice in Complex Spine Injury Case


birenThe Plaintiff worked as a gasoline tank driver and had years of driving experience, but it was while driving his Ford F150 to take his young daughter to school that he sustained severe spinal injuries. As he was exiting from the gated community where he lived, he came to a stop to let children pass who were walking to school. While waiting for the children to clear, the community gate closed on the plaintiffs’ vehicle. It had rained the night before and the gate was wet. While attempting to pull the wet gate off of his truck, the plaintiff’s hands slipped on wet bars causing him to twist and the gate to close on his back resulting in a lumbar back injury. The defense claimed the plaintiff had a preexisting degenerative spine, even though he had never before experienced low back symptoms. After failing conservative care, a spine specialist performed a three level laminectomy.


The case first went to mediation and the defense could have settled initially for $450,000, but instead made an unreasonably low offer. Attorneys Matthew B.F. Biren and Andrew G.O. Biren of The Biren Law Group then developed a mountain of evidence demonstrating the culpability of the defendant — multiple failures by the gate’s maintenance company which caused the gate to malfunction; a properly maintained gate would never close on a vehicle while exiting and even if it did, it should have automatically opened on contact with the vehicle rather than staying clamped on it.


Over the course of the next year, the Plaintiff’s lumbar symptoms returned, only worse – he was beginning to develop neurological deficits. After again failing conservative care, the Plaintiff was left with no alternative other than fusing the three damaged levels. Before surgery could be performed, as a result of back problems and neurological deficits, his leg began giving away and he ultimately suffered a fall, injuring his neck, which would require a one level cervical fusion.


All surgeries were completed before the case was to proceed to trial. After the court made rulings on evidentiary motions that were very favorable to the Plaintiff, the defendant’s primary insurer, who had never offered even the $450,000 that would have settled the case early on, finally agreed to pay its policy. At that point negotiations began with the excess carrier and the case was settled for multiples of the original settlement demand; twice the amount any mediator had ever put on the case.


The Biren Law Group was determined to hold the defendant accountable, building their case and refusing to give up until justice was achieved on behalf of their client. Without the Firm’s expertise and determination, the Plaintiff would have been at the mercy of the defendant who denied accountability and liability.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support the great work of trial lawyers across the U.S. in the fight to ensure justice for consumers. Please join us in congratulating The Biren Law Group and their client!


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


The Carlson Law Firm Achieves Justice for Family Following Life-Altering Baby Brain Injury in Day Care Negligence Case


Advocate Capital Inc client The Carlson Law Firm Julie PeschelCongratulations to Julie Peschel, Partner at The Carlson Law Firm, who was able to achieve justice for the parents of a three- month-old little boy who ultimately lost the battle of his life following a life-altering brain injury sustained at a local day care. The unspeakable tragedy began for this family on August 30, 2013 after their three-month-old son was fed a bottle, placed in a crib and then left unattended.


By the time the day care worker returned to check on the three-month-old little boy, he had aspirated and stopped breathing. Rescue attempts were too late and tragically, the little boy was left with permanent brain injury as a result of the amount of time that had elapsed without oxygen to his brain. The tragedy continued for this family as the three-month-old suffered numerous surgeries, and was unable to breathe or eat on his own. Sadly, he passed away in 2015 due to complications and illness.


Advocate Capital, Inc. clients Carlson Law FirmNothing can restore this family’s hopes and dreams for the infant they lost way too soon as a result of the senseless negligence of a day care. However, with the help of Attorney Julie Peschel and The Carlson Law Firm, the family will be able to raise awareness about infant brain injury and affect systemic change in the hopes that no other family will have to suffer the same tragic loss.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is honored to support the important work of trial lawyers in the effort to affect change and make the world a safer place for us all by demanding accountability and changing behavior.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


Chambers, Noronha & Kubota Team Up for 2016 Orange County Buddy Walk


dsaocMark your calendars! It’s time for the 2016 Orange County Buddy Walk and this year’s event promises lots of fun for the entire family, all on a major league baseball field.


On Sunday, October 30th the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSA|OC) will host its largest annual fund-raising event, the Orange County Buddy Walk at Angels Stadium of Anaheim in California. The Buddy Walk was first introduced by the National Down Syndrome Society as a way to bring together parent organizations across the country and to help raise awareness about individuals with Down syndrome. The Orange County Buddy Walk is one of the largest Down syndrome awareness events in the country bringing together more than 2,500 people.


Our friends at Chambers, Noronha & Kubota are proud sponsors of DSA|OC. Having served as a sponsor for this fantastic organization for 13 years, the Orange County Buddy Walk is one of their favorite events. CNK started supporting DSA/OC when their Office Administrator, Janette Mattson, gave birth to her daughter who was diagnosed with down syndrome. DSA/OC has supported Janette, her daughter and her family in so many ways that she also was compelled to give back to the organization by serving on the DSA|OC Board of Directors and is the current President.


“The DSA/OC Buddy Walk is one of the greatest events in Orange County,” says Gary Chambers, Managing Partner of Chambers, Noronha & Kubota. “This organization is the best place for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to obtain information and support. We have seen this first hand with how much they have done for Janette’s family.”


Can’t make it for the walk and festivities on the 30th? You can still join the fun by helping DSA|OC meet this year’s event goal of $200,000.00. Click here to donate toward Rebecca Mattson and Her Rebels or go to to learn more about this amazing and fun organization and their other events.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


Photo Credit: DSA|OC



QuickBooks® Desktop 2017 Version Now Available


Copyright : Muhammad RibkhanContingent-Fee law firms enjoy many value added benefits when they join the Advocate Capital, Inc. program, including complimentary access to QuickBooks support and discounts toward the purchase of QuickBooks products. With that, we work to keep our clients up-to-date on new releases as they become available.


Intuit announced in September the release of QuickBooks Desktop 2017. In this article, Charlie Russell of the Accountex Report provides a great overview of the newest features.


Intuit supports the most recent 3 year period so the release of 2017 signals that intuit will soon discontinue support for 2014 versions. Those using the Payroll feature will be most impacted when support for 2014 is discontinued as payroll updates, payroll tax calculations and direct deposits will no longer function properly. 2014 Users will have payroll capability through December 2016 and likely for a brief period thereafter (referred to as the sunset period); however, if you’re using the payroll feature you will want to begin considering an update soon.


Need help deciding?


QuickBooks Premier Users: click here to compare the 2017 Premier features to prior year versions.


QuickBooks Pro Users: click here to compare the 2017 Pro features to prior year versions.


Quick tip:  Don’t know which version of QuickBooks you’re currently using? With QuickBooks open, Click F2 on your keyboard to display product information.


If you’d like more information about special pricing or support available to Advocate Capital, Inc. clients, contact your Account Representative or email us at


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


Advocate Capital Inc. Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor


Photo Credit: Muhammad Ribkhan

A More Cost Effective Solution to Litigation Funding Investments


Copyright : kbuntuPrompted by high-profile celebrity cases, you may have noticed a lot of recent news or talk about litigation finance or litigation finance investment vehicles. What is litigation finance?


Litigation finance often involves hedge funds or other investment vehicles with lending structured toward a particular case or group of cases as a means to fund the costs and often fees associated with a specific cause of action or litigation. The wheels of justice turn slowly and as anyone in the business knows, there is no such thing as “a sure thing.” In short, case costs can be extraordinary, there are inherent risks and funds can be tied up for long periods of time. Most litigation investment vehicles mitigate the risk of an unfavorable outcome and the possibility of the long-term investment by lending at high interest rates.


There is however, a much more strategic and cost effective approach to litigation cost funding. Advocate Capital, Inc. has been providing strategic financial solutions to Plaintiffs’ attorneys for nearly two decades at rates that represent a win-win for both the law firm and their clients. In fact:


Our mission is to help an ever-increasing number of plaintiff lawyers get even better results for their clients.


What makes the Advocate Capital, Inc. solution different and more cost effective than other litigation financing investment vehicles? It’s simple. AdvoTrac®. We provide commercial lines of credit to contingent-fee law firms – some of the best and most successful law firms all across the U.S. Our clients utilize the established line of credit to fund all of their case costs as opposed to one or two big cases, significantly minimizing the risks (and cost) inherent to funding one or two big cases. Through our proprietary software, AdvoTrac®, we are able to track the case costs on an individual case-by-case basis, allowing the law firm to recover the borrowing costs as an ordinary case cost, resulting in a net borrowing cost to the law firm of < 1%. This strategic approach spreads risks, significantly minimizes costs for the law firm and the client and frees up the hard-earned revenue lawyers have tied up in case costs.


Want to learn more about how the Advocate Capital, Inc. product can make a difference for your law firm and your clients? We would be happy to share even more strategic financial benefits available to Advocate Capital, Inc. clients. Call 877.894.9724 or click here to learn more.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice-President, Client Services


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Ross Law Group Makes Change in Employee Pay for Large ISD


Advocate Capital Inc. client Daniel RossCongratulations to the employees of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) on a recent victory in the way employees are paid. Employment Law attorneys, Ross Law Group, under the direction of founder Daniel B. Ross, a long-time champion for the rights of employees, represented sixty employees of HISD in an action brought against the district regarding improper application of wage and hour laws.


Claimants asserted that they were not being paid in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) when performing work at HISD’s athletic stadiums. Attorney Daniel Ross agreed and filed suit against the district in April of 2014. After a long battle, Ross and associate attorney Tom Padgett were able to negotiate a settlement on behalf of the settlement class members.


In addition to the victory on behalf of the members, the action forced the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to change the way employees are paid – a positive change that will impact HISD employees for many years to come.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support the great work of employment lawyers, like long-time friend Dan Ross, who fight for employees every day, making a real difference in the world in which we live!


Join us in congratulating Attorney Daniel B. Ross on making a difference not only for this specific group of claimants, but for Houston ISD employees for many years to come.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


South Carolina Association for Justice 2016 Annual Convention Success


Advocate Capital Inc. Lisa Wagner with Ed BellLast week my colleague, Donna Jones and I had the privilege of heading to Hilton Head Island to attend the South Carolina Association for Justice 2016 Annual Convention, held each year at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.


It was a fantastic opportunity to visit with existing friends and clients and meet with some of the best trial lawyers in the Country. The convention kicked off on Thursday and included an opportunity for CLE and social activities for trial lawyers and their families.


The highlight for me was the Awards Gala Breakfast held on Saturday morning.  SCAJ President, R. Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick  hosted the ceremony. As a native of the Carolinas, it was a particularly heart-warming experience to hear from each of the speakers and award recipients. These are truly caring men and women who are passionate about protecting the rights of consumers and ensuring the doors of justice remain open to citizens everywhere.


Thank you to SCAJ and its members for making my colleague, Donna Jones and I feel like a welcome part of your organization. You certainly lived up to the long-established reputation of the Southern Hospitality.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


American Association for Justice 2016 Annual Convention is in the books


AAJ Post Blog 2Lisa Wagner, Donna Jones, Tina Burns and I really enjoyed seeing so many of our valued clients and friends in Los Angeles during the 2016 AAJ Annual Convention.


For us it was a nice break from the oppressive humidity that comes with summer in Nashville. This year’s set up was a bit different than years past, but that allowed us to spend some much needed quality time with so many of our long term customers.


If you stopped by to say hello, THANK YOU! It was great meeting you!


If you intended to, but ran out of time…no worry. We will see you next year in Boston for the 2017 AAJ Annual Convention. Perhaps we could walk the Freedom Trail, catch a Red Sox game at Fenway (a bucket list item for me), or grab some chowwwwda at Quincy Market with you. Chowder is always tastes better with friends!


Either way, we are looking forward to it!


Jeff Glueck

Vice President – Business Development


South Carolina Association for Justice Annual Convention


SCAJ Annual Convention

Will you be attending the SCAJ 2016 Annual Convention in Hilton Head, SC on August 4-6?


Lisa Wagner and Donna Jones will be representing Advocate Capital, Inc. during the convention. Stop by Booth #9 and discover The Advocate Flexline™, our brand new product combination that gives contingent-fee law firms the most powerful funding solution ever available.


The 2016 SCAJ Annual Convention is a three day event at the Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa combining Continuing Legal Education, Business Networking, and Family Fun. Featuring more than a dozen seminars delivered by leading legal experts, the convention provides members a chance to qualify for 12 CLE credits which includes three ethics credit.


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


Asbestos Litigation Expert Simona Farrise Speaking at American Association for Justice Convention


FarriseSimona Farrise, founder of The Farrise Law Firm, known as one of the top 50 Female Lawyers in California, a nationally sought after public speaker in the areas of law, and likely most well-known for her success in Asbestos litigation, will be speaking at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Los Angeles.


Attorney Farrise’s topic will feature Cross-Examination of the Purveyors of Doubt Science as part of the Asbestos Litigation Group CLE Program held during the 2 – 5:10 p.m. session today.


Attorney Farrise has been representing victims of asbestos-related disease for more than two decades and the CLE program provides an opportunity for her to share her experience and expertise in this important area of the law.


In addition to her success in asbestos litigation, Attorney Farrise is also well-known for holding corporate giants accountable, as in a recent $8M verdict she was able to achieve in a wrongful death case against Janssen Pharmaceutical involving the use of Risperidone, an injectable form of Risperdal.


We look forward to visiting with many friends and clients as AAJ kicks off. AAJ members can click here to see the full event schedule.


Lisa Wagner

Senior Vice President, Client Services


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