CHOOSING A LAWYER
If you have a personal injury case you will have a range of choices... and it's hard to tell who to select. Whatever you do: meet with the lawyer who may represent you if at all possible in person.
There are some very good lawyers in Tidewater, but - if you are considering me - here are some things you may want to know.
A prosecutor has the highest burden of proof known to the law: beyond a reasonable doubt. Criminal and civil law are different, of course, and the standards of proof are lower in a civil case. But I bring the same mindset I had as a prosecutor to personal injury cases, and I will set about proving your personal injury case in the same way.
Negotiation is a wonderful thing - and as you might expect the vast majority of cases are resolved by agreement - so if I can settle a case in less time and with less expenses that is a great benefit to my client. But I have no hesitation about putting a case in front of a judge or jury if a settlement offer is not what it should be.
Unsurprisingly, a lawyer's willingness to try a case is DIRECTLY related to the offers made by insurance companies.
I communicate the way you do. Email? Of course, it's one of the best ways to convey information. Texting for a simple question? I text with clients frequently. Need a large document, like your medical records? We'll send you a Dropbox or Net Docs link. If you are out of town or just need a face-to-face meeting and can't make it to the Office, Skype and Google Hangouts are not a problem. Or you can call me on my direct line, which is 757-671-6057. Either way I get back in touch with clients quickly.
In the same way I value technology as a means to communicate, I value it in the courtroom. If you go to a jury trial with me, expect to see me walking around the courtroom with my iPad, wirelessly pulling up photos and jury instructions with TrialPad, and otherwise doing everything possible to give jurors something closer to (real court is never like TV) the experience they expect from a trial. Technology does not replace good lawyering - at best it only enhances it - but it makes it easier to deliver information in an effective way.
YOUR INDIVIDUAL CASE MATTERS
I've been practicing over a decade and I'm 38 years old, so I am not new to this...but not all of my hair is grey yet, either. Yes, I am competent to handle tractor trailer collisions and catastrophic injury cases, but I value all my cases, and will give you the same service no matter the ultimate value of the case. I believe that if I handle 100 cases over the course of the year, regardless of size, that is 100 relationships with people and their families I've built.
I take very seriously the confidence that my clients show in me when they choose me to be their lawyer, and - while case results are determined by facts and law - I make sure they get exactly what they deserve from an attorney in terms of representation.