I currently have the premier Trucking accident firm in south Ga, and possibly the state. Discovery is the key to trucking cases. They are not simple garden variety car wrecks. These cases require a detailed mastery of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules Of Evidence.
Lately, insurance/trucking defense firms are showing a penchant for removing cases with diversity citizenship to the federal arena, expecting to find a more conservative judge and jury, and a Plaintiff's attorney who is unfamiliar with its formality. Plaintiff's attorneys should know what to do when removal occurs, especially with regard to expanding discovery that is otherwise limited in the federal context.
Trucking defense law firms hire some of the most effective and polished lawyers in the country. They are good at what they do - minimizing the compensation due to an injured or dead plaintiff. They are also excellent at stonewalling legitimate discovery requests relating to the driver's or company's safety history.
A good Plaintiff's lawyer must have the staying power and drive to get to that "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow. Too many lawyers will undersettle a case or should have referred the case at the outset to a more competent and better funded lawyer. A typical trucking case will take about three years to get to trial and cost the attorneys upwards to $100,000.00, depending on the seriouness of the injuries.
You should ask a prospective attorney two questions: How many trucking cases have you handled in your career? and how many have you taken to trial? The bottom line is that you should know your attorney's track record before you hire him or her.
Languages Spoken: Spanish, Italian
Licensed since 1984
Ralph and I have been opponents in many serious injury matters. Ralph has represented the Plaintiff, while I defended the case. Ralph is a tenacious litigator and is a strong advocate for his clients. Ralph is always professional, prepared, and has the interest of his clients at the forefront of every decision. Ralph has earned the respect of his colleagues and the Judges.
Charles Willcox Employment & Labor Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I have known Ralph both professionally and personally for many years. This is a lawyer who sees a person in each client, and not just a case. He truly cares about his clients and their cause. Ralph is a an experienced litigator and a zealous advocate who will try to achieve the best results possible for his client. He is the type of lawyer that every person in need of legal assistance should have on his/her side.
Jane Srivastava Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1984||05/08/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2011|
|Pro Bono Award||Ga Legal Services Corporation||1990|
|Municipal Court Judge||City of Albany, Ga||2004 - Present|
|Partner||Brown and Scoccimaro, P.C.||1985 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Interstate American Trucking Lawyers Assoc.||Member||2003 - Present|
|Marine Corps League||Member in good standing||1987 - Present|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member in Good Standing||1985 - Present|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Trucking Section||Member||1984 - Present|
|Confidential v. International Transit, Superior Court Dougherty County, 98-cv-2423-2||Settled after failed mediation $3.8 million|
|Spell v. All Coast Intermodal Services, Inc, Superior Court of Lowndes County, 2005-CV-256||$995,000.00|
|Hill v Ga. DOT, Superior Court of Randolph County, 2001 CV 046||$2.6 million.|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education -ga||Discovery in Tractor Trailer cases||2000|
|Thomas Jefferson School of Law||Law||Juris Doctorate||1983|
|University of Nevada-Las Vegas||English||BA||1980|
|Workers Compensation||Workers Compensation for the Immigrant Worker||2003|
|Discovery in a Trucking Case||Discovery In a Trucking Case||2003|