Posted by CW Leonard
I was involved in an automobile accident and went to several attorneys that had pretty hard sales tactics (and some very unprofessional). At first I thought walking into their firm would be similar to the two other attorneys I had sought out, however, I was very surprised that there was no "hard selling" or contracts I had to sign right away. They gave me an in depth overview of their firm and then said to me "think it over and get back to us." That was music to my ears. The other lawyers wanted me to sign contracts right away, pay different fees, or start immediate work on my case without me having the benefit of doing my due diligence. My case lasted over four years due to the extent of my injuries, however, at every turn they were available to help me by answering my phone calls or emails (I even had their cellphone number to reach them after hours!). They made sure that I made it to every medical appointment and they even attended them with me to make sure that all went all. Initially, the defendant's settlement amounts were below what they felt the case was worth and we decided to seek a jury trial. The trial preparation was so in depth and I was surprised that they knew more about my trial than I did and they had to correct me several times during the trial prep. I have not worked with other lawyers before but I must say the trial prep is very critical when seeking a jury trial and they explained to me the purpose of the trial prep, what I should or should not expect during my examination and cross examination, my trial testimony (which is VERY important), and proper courtroom etiquette. For a person with no courtroom experience I felt prepared as ever. All of the trial prep was in vain though. Negotiations had taken off due specifically to the law firm and their reputation. In fact before the jury was selected they had already more than quadrupled their original offer. In the end the amount I recovered was more than five times the amount of the original offer. The opposing attorney had known of the firm and Michael and wanted to settle at every turn possible. Michael worked strategically and methodically to capture the largest settlement offer for me - I think any other lawyer would have settled for half of what Michael was able to secure for me. Doing this for the first time was quite nerve wracking however I am glad I had a strong and knowledgable team behind me every step of the way that I could talk to at any time.
Posted by Johnny K
Michael took a case that no one else would take. He took it to "further our cause" since my brother and I had worked very hard doing our own research into the case to help our father. The defendants maintained a strict no pay from the start, but due to his knowledge, experience and perseverance (he worked on this case for six years) the case was settled. He is VERY good at his profession, and we are very grateful.