When Attorney Anthony Johnson of Johnson & Vines, PLLC graduated from law school from The University of Arkansas he envisioned himself a business lawyer handling contract disputes and transactional document preparation. All this changed when he received a call from a 19 year old woman who dreamed of being a forensic scientist. She was a passenger in a car driven by her boyfriend on her way to college orientation when her whole life changed in an instant. A vehicle in the utility lane chose to do an illegal turn across the grass median and the interstate with tragic results. This young lady had her arm out the window, which was all but severed as a result of the accident. The ensuing battle Mr. Johnson fought on behalf of his client was not of liability but of insurance company accountability and coverage for the young victim. Multiple insurance companies wanting to pass the buck on coverage and another asserting a lien on most of the recovery really complicated things. In the end, Mr. Johnson ended up fighting until all 5 policies were paid to the client and recovery liens were reduced by 90%.
“My biggest take away from this case was that I knew, without representation, this girl would have not recovered nearly as much as she did with representation. Since that day, we established a rule to always be able to say this for our client: if you would have been in a better place without our representation, then we’ll reduce our fee to make sure it comes true.”
During the battle of the case, Attorney Johnson also learned the value of co-counsel relationships. The above case resulted in the formation of the American Injury Attorney Group. This is a network of lawyers across the country that his firm works with on cases to add additional value to always act in the plaintiff’s best interest and garner the best possible result. Despite their fears about reducing revenue from splitting fees, Johnson & Vines, PLLC has experienced growth and forged great relationships with many of the most talented trial attorneys in the country.
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