Tom Conlin and his team represented me in a slip and fall incident that occurred in late 2010 at a Minneapolis hotel. I broke my jaw in three places, underwent three separate surgeries and endured a rather protracted and painful recovery. He was recommended enthusiastically to me by some of the top trial lawyers in the State of Minnesota - a recommendation, I soon learned, that was richly deserved.
Mine wasn't an easy case; in fact, it took Tom and his team over a month to agree to even accept me as a client. At our first meeting, I insisted that he only take the case if it had merit, and after extensive research and interviews, he agreed that it did. That said, from the outset, he warned that the circumstances surrounding the accident (a relatively surprising, treacherous and very well reported evening ice storm) might make either settlement, or a verdict in my favor, difficult. In fact, summary judgement against me was a very real possibility.
We agreed on a very standard 1/3 contingency fee (after expenses) and Tom got to work right away. He interviewed me, other witnesses, gathered hospital records, retained a weather expert and slowly built my case. He contacted the property on my behalf and actively engaged with their insurance company. Early in the process we met with the property's insurance company to describe exactly what happened; Tom prepared me and made me feel both comfortable and at ease.
We waited a considerable amount of time before making a settlement offer - Tom wanted to wait until I was completely recovered and finished with my medical work and dental reconstruction before proceeding. During that 15-month gap, Tom kept me abreast of all developments and periodically checked in to be sure I was recovering well.
In the fall of 2012 Tom made a settlement offer on my behalf - an offer that he knew would be rejected but established a fair starting point. He did an excellent job of setting my expectations throughout this process - never too high and never too low. Just very cautious and realistic...a crucial skill when dealing with someone like me: a person with no legal background, no experience working with attorneys, and no preconceptions about what a "good offer" might be.
He negotiated brilliantly and we secured a settlement in December of 2012 - a very good settlement, I'm told, by friends in the trial lawyer community. I trust these friends implicitly and, after initially explaining the circumstances surrounding my case, they thought my chances for an advantageous outcome were slim, at best.
In addition to obtaining a very good settlement, Tom also negotiated with my health insurance company on my behalf and secured a subjugation waiver for just $.02 on the dollar. Essentially, I was able to keep nearly almost all of my share of the settlement - money that we're now saving as we guard against long-term medical difficulties related to my injury.
It should be noted that just recently, in a slip and fall case that occurred on the VERY NIGHT of my accident in 2010, a Minnesota appellate court upheld a trial court judge's summary dismissal of the injured plaintiff's case. Had Tom not negotiated an out-of-court settlement. I almost certainly would have suffered the same fate.
Tom Conlin and the team at the Conlin Law Firm represented me with compassion, diligence, a mastery of the law, and a professionalism that injured individuals most certainly deserve - but rarely find - in their attorney.
I give him and his team my highest recommendation.