Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I have been injured through the negligence of others, what will it cost to hire you to represent me?

A: I only work on a contingency fee basis which means I only get paid if I obtain a settlement on your behalf. If I am unsuccessful you pay me nothing. My fee for a settlement or verdict is 1/3 of the amount collected. This benefits you in that you will have a board certified civil trial specialist with over 40 years of experience and a vast number of successful jury trials, representing your interests for the same rate as someone with far less experience and demonstrated ability.


Q: Is my first consultation free?

A: Yes, you will be charged nothing to meet with me personally and discuss your case in detail.


Q: If most cases are settled out of court, do I really need a trial lawyer to handle my case?

A: Yes, for many reasons: Insurance companies know which lawyers are ready, willing and able to take a case to trial. They also know which lawyers may advertise themselves as personal injury lawyers who never get closer to a jury trial than having their picture taken in front of the courthouse with a briefcase in hand. For insurance companies, verdicts in previous cases matter. It can make a major difference in the amounts offered to settle your case if it could mean a jury trial with a proven litigator with years of experience and a vast number of successful verdicts. You should always ask how many jury trials a personal injury attorney has tried. Being on television does not make a trial lawyer.


Q: What is Board Certification and why is it important?

A: In 1990 the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed the concept of Board Certification of Legal Specialists. The Court referred to the National Board of Trial Attorneys standards as objective and demanding which allows publicly identifying experienced, competent trail lawyers.

This objective standard goes far beyond the ability of a lawyer referring to himself/herself as a trial lawyer. A very limited number of attorneys are in fact able to call themselves Board Certified Civil Trial Specialists. It isn't a certification easily obtained. It cannot be bought, it must be earned.

It requires a great deal of jury trial experience, meeting rigorous ethical standards, receiving recommendations from Trial Judges and opposing counsel along with a full day of written examination.

I have been Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (now the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification) since 1993. I was recertified in 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.


Q: Do you send injured people letters containing packets of materials offering to handle their case?

A: Never. Unsolicited letters from law firms who hire people to review accident reports to discover names and addresses of accident victims invades your privacy at a very sensitive time. Although allowed by our Supreme Court, this type of conduct gives trial lawyers a bad name. You certainly don't need to respond to such a mailing other than depositing such materials in the trash where it belongs.

Disclaimer

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail.