Client Victories

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“Foreseeable Tragedy” Leads to $10.5M Settlement



William M. Paoli and Court B. PurdyWe would like to say congratulations to our friends William M. Paoli and Court B. Purdy of Paoli & Purdy, LLP for their recent settlement of $10.5 million, $9.5 from the City of Los Angeles and a million from other defendants.  The Plaintiff (age 15) was hit and killed by a cab while she was attempting to cross the street with her friends near Dockweiler State Beach at Vista Del Mar Road.


While the defense relied on opinions of investigating officers stating that Naomi and her friends were at fault for “jay walking,” the Paoli & Purdy team demonstrated that the highway was hazardous for pedestrians. Beachgoers regularly park in the area and are forced to cross the dangerous highway returning to their vehicles. The area has a lack of crosswalks available and at the time of accident, there were no street lights operating on the roadway.


The area had a history of collisions and unsafe conditions for pedestrians, including fatalities. This history meant that the City had knowledge of the problems yet had done nothing to resolve the issues. The City Council approved the settlement, with a 12-0 vote.  As of this post, Mr. Paoli has been notified that the City has placed temporary “No Parking” signs in an effort to keep pedestrians from crossing at Vista Del Mar to reach their vehicles.


This case was featured in the Verdicts & Settlements section of The Gavel, as well as the Los Angeles Times website. The team at Paoli & Purdy, LLP have handled thousands of personal injury matters involving millions of dollars in compensation, while maintaining the highest level of excellence in customer service. The dedication and personal attention they focus on each case has led to their considerable successes.


Everyone here at Advocate Capital, Inc. appreciates the hard work done on behalf of the parents of this minor Plaintiff as well as the safety for all beachgoers and pedestrians in the City of Los Angeles. Thank you for your dedication and all that you do.


Donna A. Jones

Senior Vice President


Ron Netemeyer and Jill Harper Secure a $45 Million Judgment for Client



Ron Netemeyer and Jill HarperCongratulations to Mr. Ron Netemeyer, Ms. Jill Harper, and their client on receiving an outstanding bench award!


Mr. Netemeyer’s and Ms. Harper’s client, a 25-year old man, obtained justice after suffering a severe injury while playing in a large inflatable ball in a local Missouri mall.  The man went to the mall with his family and visited the Knockerball establishment with his nephew. While in the “Knockerball,” the man suffered a spinal fracture and spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis.


A “Knockerball” is a large inflatable clear rubber ball with a built-in shoulder strap harness. Participants are fitted and strapped in the ball and can play soccer, perform stunts, and crash into other participants.


Netemeyer and Harper claimed the employee at the establishment failed to fit, harness, and instruct their client on the use of the Knockerball. The complaint filed against the company included negligence, strict products liability and premise liability.  The defense failed to timely answer the claim although given an extension by Netemeyer and Harper. After reviewing the young man’s life care plan, medical bills, and economist’s report, the judge awarded the man approximately $45 million.


Mr. Netemeyer firmly believes in the utmost service to his clients, his community, and his country. He is a member of many civic organizations and contributes to a great number of charitable causes. Ron was a non-commissioned officer and served nine years in the Missouri and South Carolina Army National Guard. Ron earned both his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Missouri. He is a member of the American Association of Trial Attorneys, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and the Boone County Bar Association.


Ms. Harper continues to provide great results and customer service for her clients. She focuses her practice primarily on personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and worker’s compensation cases. She is a graduate of the University Of Missouri Columbia School Of Law, is a member of the Boone County Bar Association, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Missouri Bar Association, and is an approved Missouri Fraternal Order of Police attorney.

Harper, Evans, Wade, Netemeyer, is Located in Columbia, Missouri, and serves clients throughout the state in personal injury claims, family law matters, and criminal defense. The firm’s lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience and have a team of skilled legal professionals that stand ready to help you.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support the firm Harper, Evans, Wade, Netemeyer, and all plaintiff attorneys as they pursue justice on behalf of those injured through the fault of others.


Michelle Rigsby

Executive Client Manager


Amy Johnson Presented with Paralegal of the Year Award Trophy


Authored By: Iris Garrett


Mike & Amy with POTY AwardFor the past six years, Advocate Capital, Inc. has sponsored the American Association for Justice Paralegal of the Year Award in the hopes that it will shed light on the crucial role paralegals play in our civil justice system.


As the sponsor, our team not only gets the opportunity to see one exceptional individual be nominated and selected for this prestigious award, but Advocate Capital also gets to present them with the award trophy at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention.


This year’s convention was held in Boston, and several members of Advocate Capital’s management team, including CEO and President, Michael J. Swanson, attended the show and met the Paralegal of the Year winner, Amy Johnson.


Johnson serves on staff at Yarborough Applegate Law Firm in Charleston, SC, and was nominated for the award by the firm’s co-founders, David Yarborough and William Applegate. They say she is more than qualified to receive the award because of her tremendous support for their staff, her dedication to the paralegal profession, and her active service to the community.


Our Advocate Capital team also recognized Johnson’s award-winning qualities upon meeting her at the AAJ Convention and were delighted to see CEO Michael Swanson present her with the award trophy during a special ceremony at the show. Johnson, who was escorted by her husband, Jeff, said she was both humbled and honored to receive the award.


If you would like to see pictures of the award presentation, visit our Facebook page! You can also learn more about the Paralegal of the Year Award and past winners by clicking here.


Ed Bell Inducted Into Inner Circle of Advocates



Ed BellAdvocate Capital extends congratulations to our great friend and client, J. Edward Bell, III, on his induction into The Inner Circle of Advocates.  This prestigious organization consists of the top 100 Plaintiff lawyers in the United States.


The Inner Circle of Advocates was founded 45 years ago to share information, promote the profession, learn new innovations within the industry and teach other legal professionals.


The lawyers invited to participate are limited to the absolute best in their craft.  This nationally known organization has strict qualifications for membership including:


  • Three or more $1 million verdicts or one verdict in excess of $10 million within the last five years;
  • Extensive litigation experience of a least 30 trials (presiding judge and opposing counsel are interviewed to rate the candidate);
  • A stellar reputation among peers.


Mr. Bell’s use of technology in the courtroom and his cutting-edge facility, including a one-of-a-kind science and research laboratory for accident and crime scene reconstruction, make him a perfect fit for The Inner Circle of Advocates.  Mr. Bell is tenacious in his quest for justice on behalf of victims who have suffered horrific injuries due to the negligence of others.  The important work done by Mr. Bell and the members of The Inner Circle leads to recalls, regulations and safety improvements that benefit each and every one of us.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support the work of trial lawyers like Ed Bell as he furthers his commitment to help the injured and shares his wealth of knowledge with other Plaintiff attorneys.


Malpractice! $7.75M Awarded In Pressure Sore Case


Tom RhodesCongratulations to our friend Tom Rhodes and Robert Brzezinski of Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. who played a significant role in securing justice for a New Mexico man who developed acute pressure sores during a lengthy 2011 ICU stay at Presbyterian Hospital located in Albuquerque. Mr. Rhodes served as co-counsel with attorneys Randi McGinn and A. Elicia Montoya of McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A.


Terrible story. While admitted at the hospital, the plaintiff Mr. Webb was unable to care for his own needs and was forced to rely on the intensive care unit staff. In six short days, wounds started to develop due to inadequate repositioning of his body. These ‘pressure sores’ developed into significant stage 4 ulcers…one of which is still not fully healed.


Thanks to the work of Mr. Rhodes and his colleagues, they were able to hold the hospital accountable for their negligence. While no amount of money will fully compensate Mr. Webb for what he endured, the hope is that this type of pain and suffering can be prevented moving forward.


Everyone here at Advocate Capital, Inc. appreciates the important work done by this team of talented litigators who have dedicated their lives toward achieving justice for so many. Thank you for what you do!


You can read more about this case here.


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.



Attorney Robert Solomon Awarded in New Jersey’s Top 50 Verdicts


Authored By: Iris Garrett


Robert SolomonAdvocate Capital, Inc. would like to congratulate our friend and client, Attorney Robert Solomon. Not only did his New Jersey law firm, Robert A. Solomon, P.C. score a $450,000 verdict in the medical malpractice case, McGovern v. Lowrey, but it was recently named one of the state’s Top 50 Verdicts of 2016.


Attorney Solomon’s award-winning case dates back to an incident in September 2012. He says it was during that time that his client underwent a colostomy reversal. However, her relatively minor procedure resulted in a very serious problem when her surgeon failed to remove a portion of the pain ball catheter he had inserted during the operation. Three months after being discharged from the hospital, Solomon’s client was forced to remove the forgotten catheter when it suddenly exploded through her skin. This caused her to develop multiple infections along the incision line and endure countless hernia operations to correct the issue.


Before jury selection could begin, Solomon says the defendant offered to settle the case for $50,000 despite his and his client’s demand of $300,000. Solomon says they even conducted a focus group (which cost another $11,000) to determine if that figure was sufficient, and the group valued the case one step further at $400,000. That’s when Solomon says he knew it was time to take the case to court.


Attorney Solomon says by the end of the trial, he had spent an additional $15,000 on exhibits and expert surgical witnesses, on top of the cost of the focus group. However, that investment would earn him and his client a reward of nearly 10 times more. The jury returned a verdict of $450,000, and the judge added another $50,000 to cover medical expenses, making for a total of a half million dollars. Solomon says he could not have done it without the help of Advocate Capital, Inc.’s Case Expense Financing.


We are proud to partner and support plaintiff trial lawyers like Attorney Robert Solomon, and we acknowledge the work his firm is doing in the fight for justice. Solomon has extensive knowledge in personal injury and wrongful death cases and has represented injured people and their families in New York and New Jersey for nearly 40 years.



Booth|Koskoff Secures $2.7MM Settlement for Injured Worker


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Congratulations to the team at Booth│Koskoff for their recent $2.7 Million settlement on behalf of a client, injured in a traumatic brain injury case. In 2013, the client and a co-worker were installing bracket scaffolding at a residential construction site in Orange County. Bracket scaffolding is installed on the side of the home and attaches to the framing of the building; not built from the ground up like traditional scaffolding.


The particular bracket scaffolding used (the “Whalen-Jack”) was determined to have several design and manufacturing issues. It was designed by a contractor with no engineering credentials and supported by two (2) simple welds. There was nothing to provide reinforcement support in the event the welds failed. The manufacturing of the Whalen-Jack scaffolding was outsourced to a facility in China, and the quality of the welding was found to be severely lacking. Although the original design of the scaffolding was modified to provide some protection in the event of critical weld failure, the original poorly -designed scaffolding was never recalled. In fact, the unsafe units were still being sold.


The company that marketed and sold the Whalen-Jack had no applicable insurance. Booth│Koskoff sued the distributor of the product, White Cap, as well as the manufacturer. The distributor is accountable under strict liability principles, even if they did not take part in the design or manufacture of the defective product. Further, because White Cap, a large and well-known construction supply company, did not perform due diligence on the product before they agreed to sell it, Booth│Koskoff also pursued a negligence theory against them.


Due to the defective product, the Plaintiff fell twenty (20) feet, striking his head. His jaw and foot were fractured. It was unclear whether he lost consciousness. A CT scan was normal. Follow up neuro-psychological testing was mostly normal. He was discharged from the hospital after only six (6) days and transferred to a rehab facility for six (6) more days.


Upon his return home, his wife could see that his behavior had changed. He was acting strange, having extreme fits of anger and exhibiting destructive behavior. He no longer wanted to leave the house or socialize. In time, the worker’s comp case manager intervened and arranged for Plaintiff to enter an outpatient brain injury rehabilitation program, where he received a diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury.


The most difficult part of the lawsuit was demonstrating the magnitude of effects the brain injury had on him and his family. His behavior was often out of control and had fundamentally changed. The effects on the family were devastating.


Defense counsel took an aggressive approach to the case, taking over fifty (50) depositions, not including experts. They brought up an old criminal conviction of the Plaintiff. Counsel even speculated that he was using drugs, despite no evidence to support the allegation. The defense team attempted to blame Plaintiff and tarnish his reputation, even with clear evidence of the defective construction.


Thankfully for the Plaintiff and his family, Roger Booth and his team refused to back down. Their steadfast dedication to justice has given the Plaintiff and his family financial stability while allowing him to keep most of his workers’ compensation benefits and receive payment for his medical care.


Everyone here at Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support the tireless work done by trial lawyers like Booth│Koskoff every day to ensure our access to the courtroom.


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.



Attorneys’ Mark Taylor and Anjulie Ponce Get Justice for Wrongful Amputation


Authored By: Krista Kemmerly


Advocate Capital, Inc. extends  congratulations to our friends and clients, Mark Taylor and Anjulie Ponce. The Texas-based lawyers of Powers Taylor LLP have just recently helped Dallas local, Tanya Valentine, obtain a jury verdict of $989,000 after the wrongful amputation of her leg.


This all began when defendant, Dr. John Stasikowski, mistook a staph infection for osteomyelitis 14 months after Valentine underwent ankle correction surgery. This presumption led to the wrongful amputation of Valentine’s leg. The defense tried to move forward by insisting Valentine’s prior ankle pain was so severe that it would have led them to recommend amputation.


Due to the hard work and dedication of Taylor and Ponce, they were able to disprove this theory, entitling Valentine the $989,000 verdict after the traumatic experience she endured.


If you would like to read the full article, click here.


Advocate Capital, Inc. is proud to support plaintiff attorneys like Mark Taylor and Anjulie Ponce who consistently fight for justice. With over 20 years of experience with plaintiff litigation and a founding member of Powers Taylor, LLP, Attorney Taylor excels in his practice focused on personal injury, commercial litigation, and medical malpractice cases. Attorney Ponce has been with Powers Taylor since 2014 focusing on personal injury and medical malpractice cases.



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