With this knowledge, you and your attorney can present your claim in a way that will properly motivate the insurance company to deal fairly with you and make you a reasonable offer of settlement. It is important that you understand what the lawyer will do for you and what you will need to do for yourself. We believe that as our client, you are entitled to have the following rights. Will he explain his fee and insure that it is fair? Often, even in cases that involve a third-party IME, or CR 35 examination, I am able to resolve the claim through settlement.Read More
Workplace Accident Claim
In order to avail the benefits provided by workers’ compensation, you are required to prove that the injury or illness is related to your work. Rephrased in legal jargon, the unfortunate event must be “arising out of employment and occurring during the course of employment,” commonly abbreviated as AOE/COE. Know the rules that dictate whether or not an employee’s injury or illness is work-related and covered by the workers’ compensation.
Illnesses and diseases that develop because of constant strain on the worker are covered by the workers’ comp. Diseases related to work as well as psychological or physical illnesses resulting due to long-term exposure to stress and strain are all covered by the workers’ comp. However, in such instances, there is a difficulty in attempting to prove whether the illness is work-related or not. Different states have different rules for such situations. For more information, you are required to check out the employees’ rights booklet provided by your employer that lists down the injuries and illnesses that are covered by workers’ compensation.
The AOE/COE requirements appear simple enough. However, many events that occur in the workplace can be of a dubious nature. Here we list down some common occurrences that may allow you to avail the benefits provided by the workers’ comp.
If, however, fooling around or breaking rules in the workplace is excused by the employer, or is a commonly accepted behavior in the workplace, the courts consider injuries sustained during such times as work-related injuries and workers’ compensation benefits can be availed.
Seek a lawyer
Many times a worker's injury or illness may be of a dubious origin, a gray area when it comes to understand worker's comp coverage. In these special circumstances, it is always worth seeking a lawyer’s expertise. The lawyer may be able to tell you whether or not you qualify for the benefits. As a lawyer is aware of your state laws he may be the best counsel in such matters.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Andrew J. Gibbs
- Kevin David Barr
- Stephen B. Goethel
- Anthony P. Gentile
- Michael E. Gatto
- C.J. Graves
- Alison F. Soloff
- Donald C. Randolph
- Mark Chalos
- L. Todd Kelly
- Daniel J.I. Goldberg
- Craig W. Carlson
Andrew J. Gibbs
Andrew is a trial lawyer and focuses his practice on complex real estate, construction and corporate litigation, and serves as general counsel to over 20 homeowner associations. Andrew also has extensive experience pursuing and defending personal injury actions. Andrew has been lead counsel in more than 75 trials and arbitrations in Colorado. Andrew is a also certified mediator.Andrew grew up in Tucson, Arizona, received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in and his BA from the University of Arizona in where he majored in communication with a double minor in business and history. Andrew studied international comparative law at the University of Nairobi in Nairobi, Kenya. Andrew has been an adjunct legal studies instructor at Parks College in Thornton, Colorado (since closed) and was a teaching fellow for the Masters in American & Comparative Law program at University of Denver Sturm College of Law.Andrew is a member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, and is a business partner member of the Community Associations Institute. Andrew has been actively involved in the local community where he volunteered at Wyatt Edison Charter School, an inner city Denver elementary school. Andrew is served as Chairman of the Board and on the Advisory Committee for NAMLO International, an international aid organization that focuses sustainable economic development in Nepal and Nicaragua. Andrew also serves on the Board of Directors for a for-profit action sports facility.
Kevin David Barr
Kevin David Barr is a partner with the Bryant, Higby, & Barr Chtd. law firm in Panama City, Florida. A highly rated trial lawyer with extensive experience in several legal areas, Mr. Barr devotes his practice to representing the rights and interests of both plaintiffs and defendants who face serious and complex legal challenges involving any of the following:,· General civil litigation,· Criminal defense,· Personal injury and wrongful death,· Medical malpractice,· Commercial litigation,A 2007 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in business management, Mr. Barr returned to his alma mater and attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law. A deans list scholar, he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2010 and his license from the Florida Bar the following year. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.Upon receiving his license to practice law, Mr. Barr served three years as an assistant state attorney, where he gained invaluable insight into Floridas criminal justice system. Not only did this experience provide him with the ability to create effective defense strategies for the accused, it also helped him hone his trial skills, which serves him well as he fights on behalf of innocent accident victims and commercial clients in court.During the course of his career, Mr. Barr has represented numerous corporations and municipalities, including the city of Panama City, the Northwest Florida Surgery Center and several prominent insurance companies. He is a member of numerous local, state and national bar associations and serves as the 14th Judicial Circuits representative on the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Goevrnors.A native of Panama City, Mr. Barr supports his community through his involvement with a number of local charitable and civic organizations.
Stephen B. Goethel
Virtually every client we represent has been through a devastating ordeal as a result of terrible medical care. Many have lost a spouse, immediate family member or loved one. Usually, without exception, the medical system has totally failed themor failed to listen to them. One of the true rewards of the work we do is being there for the client, hearing their concerns and getting answers to the question why things went so wrong; all designed to help them put their lives back together as best possible.” Steve Goethel,Mr. Goethel is a partner at the highly-respected Ann Arbor, Michigan, law firm of Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC and the Center for Medical Truth and Justice. He has been litigating medical malpractice and personal injury cases for over 30 years. He has numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts holding negligent doctors, hospitals and health care providers accountable for injuries caused to victims of malpractice.Mr. Goethel has been named repeatedly to Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms in America and Top Lawyers. He is listed among Michigans top lawyers by Crains Detroit Business Magazine. He holds an AVrating from Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating available for both legal ability and legal ethics, a rating he has held for over 15 years. He takes pride representing the interests of the underprivileged and common individual against the large, corporate interests in health care and insurance industry.Steve earned his bachelors degree from Michigan State University. He then worked as a judicial clerk in the Oakland County Circuit Court while attending law school at night. It was while working as a judicial clerk that he gained his passion for medical malpractice cases. Far and away the most gripping trials were medical negligence, or medical malpractice cases. The effect on victims was profound, the medicine interesting and trial dynamics fascinating. The lawyers trying these cases were among the best in the business.Mr. Goethel graduated with his doctorate of law in 1979 and joined the Oakland County Prosecutors Office. After working there for a year, he left to join Carlin, Rano & Goethel where he began to focus on protecting the rights of the victims of negligence. In 1983 Mr. Goethel joined OBrien, Moran and Stein, a pre-eminent group of nationally known trial lawyers that gave him the ability to concentrate on protecting the rights of medical malpractice victims.Since 1983 Steve has handled hundreds of malpractice cases in virtually all areas of medicine from neuro-surgery to birth trauma; from misdiagnosis to wrongful death. He has achieved multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements throughout Michigan and across the country.He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Association for Justice as well as the Michigan Association for Justice where he sits as a member of the Executive Board. He is also an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he teaches Medical Malpractice Law.AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Anthony P. Gentile
Attorney Anthony P. Gentile is a founding partner of Godosky & Gentile, P.C. in New York, New York. Mr. Gentile focuses his practice on personal injury and serves clients throughout the New York metropolitan region. He litigates cases involving aviation accidents, brain injury, birth injury, construction accidents, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, trucking accidents and wrongful death.Mr. Gentile holds a bachelors degree from Fordham University, a law degree from St. Johns University School of Law and has been licensed to practice law since 1972. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.Over the course of his career, Mr. Gentile has helped plaintiffs recover substantial verdicts and settlements. Because of his excellent track record as a renowned trial attorney, he has earned an AV Preeminent rating by the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in Americaand has lectured for many organizations and educational institutions such as Peking University in China.Mr. Gentile is extremely active in the legal community. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the New York County Lawyers Association, the Columbian Lawyers Association of the First Judicial Department, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, he is a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and sits on the American Arbitration Associations panel of arbitrators.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Michael E. Gatto
Michael E. Gatto is an attorney at Van Blois Law. From the firms office in Oakland, California, he focuses his practice exclusively on complex personal injury litigation, representing area clients in cases involving medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, defective products and wrongful death. Mr. Gatto has also handled cases involving elder abuse and nursing home negligence.As an undergraduate, Mr. Gatto attended The University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1990. He then pursued his legal education at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1994. After graduation, he served as a deputy attorney with the Pima County Attorneys Office, where he handled criminal misdemeanor and felony prosecutions. While there, he was involved in more than 150 bench trials and nearly 100 trials in front of juries. Admitted to practice in Arizona and California, Mr. Gatto is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.In order to stay abreast of current developments in his practice area and to forge relationships with fellow attorneys, Mr. Gatto is an active participant in several organizations, including The State Bar of California and the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Gatto has also written several articles for Plaintiff magazine, an independent publication for plaintiffs civil trial attorneys in Northern and central California. Topics have included cross-examination, premises liability and spinal injuries. In 2014, he was lead counsel in a medical malpractice trial that ended in a jury award for his client in excess of $12 million, which is believed to be the largest medical malpractice verdict in the history of Contra Costa County.
A partner at Graves & Swanson LLC, C.J. Graves focuses his practice on civil litigation, handling cases involving a wide variety of matters. From the firms office in Portland, Oregon, he provides astute representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan region.The types of cases that C.J. has handled have included personal injury claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, sexual abuse and premises liability. C.J. also has experience in advocating in court for people who are going through a divorce and who are unable to reach an accord on their own on related issues such as custody and visitation, the division of retirement accounts and other complex assets, and alimony and child support. His employment law background has encompassed the representation of both companies and employees in claims involving wage and hour violation, discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge, and he often assists employers in the preparation of employment and noncompete agreements as well as in the development of policies designed to prevent unlawful hiring and workplace practices.Majoring in English and psychology, C.J. attended the University of Portland, where he was the editor of the schools Writers Magazine before receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 2010. His legal education came at Lewis & Clark Law School, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2013. While he was there, C.J. served as the associate editor of the Animal Law Review and was the president of the schools Business Law Society as well as the secretary of its Family Law Society. After graduation, C.J. was an associate at a Portland-area law firm and then spent two years in his own practice before co-founding his current firm in February 2017. He is admitted to practice in Oregon, and his professional memberships include the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and the Multnomah Bar Association.
Alison F. Soloff
My passion for injured children is something which drives my work. Children who have been injured wrongfully are innocent victims and deserve more than ordinary representation. They deserve a strong, devoted passionate voice. I am the guardian of their loss, and I take this commitment very seriously.,One of the firms co-founders, Alison F. Soloff has combined a life-long interest in trial law and medicine into a practice that focuses primarily on medical malpractice. Her work particularly emphasizes protecting children who have been the victims of medical negligence. She also accepts cases in other complex personal injury litigation, including slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, recreational accidents, products liability and child sexual abuse.A 1979 Rutgers University graduate, Ms. Alison F. Soloff received her law degree from Temple University in 1981. She is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey.Ms. Alison F. Soloff is a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Board of Governors for 2007-2013. She has been honored by selection as a Top Lawyer” in Pennsylvania from 2005-2013– an honor that is awarded to only the top 5 percent of all Pennsylvania attorneys. Ms. Soloff has also received an AV Peer Review Rating through Martindale-Hubbell, a distinction awarded by her law peers recognizing her for her expertise, integrity, and professional stature and was named one of the 500 leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America by Lawdragon.Alison F. Soloff is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers, Leadership Forum, and has tried complex cases throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey, both in State and Federal court.In May, 2011, she was an invited lecturer by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers on the topic: Representation of Crime Victims in Pennsylvania.” Learn more about Ms. Soloff and her firm by visiting the firm website at ,www.soloffandzervanos.com,
1525 Locust Street, 8th Floor,, Philadelphia PA 19102
Donald C. Randolph
As the senior partner at his firm in Santa Monica, California, Donald C. Randolph dedicates his practice to personal injury litigation and also has extensive experience handling criminal defense matters. Serving clients throughout southern California, including San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties, he has obtained over $23 million in personal injury verdicts and settlements since 2010 alone.After receiving his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy in 1969, Mr. Randolph earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. After law school, he worked as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and then as a deputy public defender for the Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office before going into private practice. Since 1983, Mr. Randolph has been certified as a specialist in criminal law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. He is admitted to appear before all state and federal district courts in California as well as the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 9th and 10th Circuits.As a measure of the esteem in which Mr. Randolph is held by his peers, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him its prestigious AV-Preeminent rating and listed him in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is a member of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Consistently engaged in his community, Mr. Randolph is a long-time member of the board of the American Youth Soccer Organization and, along with his wife, is the founder of a program for young soccer enthusiasts with special needs.AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
1717 Fourth Street, Third Floor, Santa Monica CA 90401
A Trial Attorney for the Injured,The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabrasers Nashville office, Mark P. Chalos is a top litigator working on complex civil cases in federal courts in Tennessee and across the United States. Mark represents individuals who have suffered catastrophicpersonal injuries, and families whose loved ones died because of the negligence or misconduct of others.Over the past 20 years in practice, Mark has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct, including the representation of 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room (achieving a $1.28 million jury verdict) and of a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). Mark also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client whose company was ruined by the wrongful conduct of a key supplier.To help fight the opioids catastrophe that has devastated communities across America,Mark represents large and small counties, cities, Native American tribes, and health benefit providers,in litigation that seeks to make our communities safer. In connection with the firms court-appointed leadership role in the national opioids litigation, Mark has been selected to serve on the team preparing for the historic first trials in the litigation. Mark has also been interviewed by various national media outlets regarding the fight to keep our families and communities safe from the opioids catastrophe.Mark has served in a court-appointed national leadership role on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee on behalf of Tennessee patients killed or left permanently injured followingepidural steroid injections administered from contaminated medication, manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in 2012. More than 14,000 patients across the U.S. were injected with the contaminated medication, a treatment designed to relieve back pain, which led to a widespread outbreak of potentially fatal fungal meningitis. In addition to serving on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the NECC multidistrict litigation, Mark served as the Federal/State Litigation Liaison for the Plaintiffs.Mark also works on product defect cases against numerous U.S. and foreign corporations making and selling allegedly defective or dangerous consumer products. Some cases involve products causing unfair economic loss while others involve products causing serious injuries or fatalities. Marks product defect cases include failing automobiles and trucks, mold-plagued front-loading washing machines, and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices.Mark has been appointed to leadership roles in numerous complex civil proceedings, including: Co-Lead MDL Counsel inIn re Whirlpool Front Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation,, MDL 2001 (N.D. Ohio); Plaintiffs Steering Committee, Federal/State Litigation Liaison, inIn re New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation, (fungal meningitis/infections), MDL 2419 (D. Mass); Plaintiffs Steering Committee and Co-Chair Plaintiffs Expert Committee inIn re Navistar Diesel Engine Product Liability Litigation,, MDL No. 2223 (N.D. Ill); and Plaintiffs Steering Committee inIn re Ford Switch Fire Litigation,, Texas state MDL, Travis County, Texas, Cause No. D-1-GN-08-000901. He also represents clients in many centralized litigations across the country.An active member of the legal community, Mark serves on the Tennessee Association for Justice Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the organization. Mark has also served on the Tennessee Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee (Co-Chair), Nashville Bar Association YLD Board of Directors, and the Editorial Board of theNashville Bar Journal,. On the national level, in the summer of 2015, Mark was appointed Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Public Education Committee and Member of the AAJ Public Affairs Committee. The Public Education Committee works on initiatives promoting knowledge of Americas civil justice system and trial bar mission. The Public Affairs Committee gives advice on policy options, tactics, and strategies with regard to trial lawyer matters.Mark and his co-authors recently updated their acclaimed book,Litigating International Torts In United States Courts, (Thomson Reuters West, 2017 ed.), a practical resource for legal practitioners and judges. Mark also regularly blogs on legal issues and issues of the day for trusted online legal publications and organizations. He has also published a number of articles in journals, including articles in the national publicationsTRIAL Magazine, andThe Trial Lawyer, on holding foreign companies accountable for injuries they cause in the U.S. and is on theLaw360,Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board, providing feedback onLaw360s, news coverage of the legal world, including case updates, policy developments, attorney information, litigation facts, and trends in various industries.Mark is a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics. He has also been cited by top-tier media outlets includingThe New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, NPRs Morning Edition, The Associated Press, CNN, CBS This Morning,, andMSNBC,. Recently, Mark acted as legal analyst for a series of articles inThe Tennessean,regarding a nationally-significant privacy trial based on illegal videos taken of a woman in a Nashville hotel by another hotel guest and distributed on the internet, leading to a $55 million jury verdict for the plaintiff.Mark has been named among The Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Top Lawyers,Nashvilles Best Lawyers,andNashville Business Journals, Best of the Bar.Mark has been included in The Best Lawyers in America via peer vote nationwide in the fields of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs,from 2012 through 2017. Mark was named in theNashville Business Journals, Best of the Barfrom 2015-2017 and to the Top 100: 2015 Tennessee Top Lawyers,a distinction for attorneys with the highest evaluations statewide. Mark was named an American Bar Foundation Fellow in 2016. The organization is dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law and membership is limited to 1% of attorneys in each state. Also in 2016, 2017, and again in 2018, Mark was listed as one ofNashville Posts,lawyers In Charge,particularly after he helped lead national litigation for victims of a deadly meningitis catastrophe that killed 64 people in 2012 and thereafter, and for his ongoing work on opioid litigation in response to the nationwide crisis.
L. Todd Kelly
L. Todd Kelly is a Trial Lawyer and Partner in The Carlson Law Firm. ,Board-Certified, in Personal Injury Litigation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Todd represents plaintiffs throughout Texas and the United States in matters involving serious personal injuries and death, sexual assault, human trafficking, trucking collisions, medical negligence, and non-subscriber work-related injuries. His successful record of obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements for his clients has led to Mr. Kellys invitation to become a member of both the Million and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, as well as his 2013 induction into the Texas Lawyers Hall of Fame. Todd believes in civil justice, and the fight for the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a group of lawyers and judges formed around its mission to protect that right.Todd received his Juris Doctorate from Penn States Dickinson School of Law as a member of the Woolsack Honor Society in 1995. Todd is admitted to practice in Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Pennsylvania. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th and 5th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.Prior to joining the Carlson Law Firm, PC, in 2012, Todd served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Major before his honorable discharge in 1998. Since that time, he has been in private practice with plaintiff litigation firms in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Texas. Highly regarded by his peers, he is listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (Top 1% Nationally); and has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Frequently asked to share his experiences with others, Mr. Kelly has given lectures on arbitration matters at the University of Delaware and the University of Texas School of Law, and has presented seminars at local and state Trial Lawyer Associations. He remains active in several professional organizations, including the F-Warriors (serving as the representative of Region 4), the Capitol Area Trial Lawyers Association (serving as the secretary-treasurer), the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (as a member of the board of directors) and the American Association for Justice, among other legal organizations. Todd is also the director of the advisory committee to the Central Texas office of M.A.D.D.AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
Daniel J.I. Goldberg
The image of a Top Lawyer generally involves a grey beard, top dollar suits, fancy pants office building, and an assortment of law firm regalia, including mugs & polo shirts. But apparently, theres a place for guys like me. How? Why? I dont claim to know. All I can relate is my approach Ive used since I began practicing law.Start off with the client and their story. First ask: how can I help?... Then listen, understand, question, grasp, and ask the same question of yourself: how can I help?The law is critical to figure out what remedies, if any my cilent may have. But a dualing consideration is whether this client should litigate through the problem/controversy, or if theres a peaceful alternative. Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.– Abe Lincoln. Can anyone argue with that man? But his words are as true today as back in the mid-1800s.The art of compromise, however isnt as simple as Rodney Kings famous words: Cant we all just get along? Knowledge of the law, diplomacy, balance, strategy, effort, and determination are all needed in order to best position ones client for a successful compromise, whether before suit if filed or right before a verdict is read.If a fight is worthy of being fought, however, and no compromise is feasible, then all of that earlier preparation and qualities only help ensure victory. But all along the attorney should keep asking himself how can I help acheive not only victory - but more importantly the clients goals.What else? Oh, a good sense of humor, patience, tenacity, and a healthy dose of insanity may help a litigator succeed & enjoy his life. And that I do - Ive had the honor of representing hundreds of individuals, businesses & non-profits in their efforst to right wrongs & improve their standing, all while learning from my clients, colleagues, opposing attorneys & others.While it is a shame that litigation is so often resorted to, it is an unavoidable by product of human nature: people will wrong others; misunderstandings will arise; individuals will screw up; etc. And if there is a way for an attorney to help remedy that (without making the problem worse), then what greater calling can there be (for a guy unwilling to learn medicine...)?
Craig W. Carlson
As a partner at The Carlson Law Firm, Craig W. Carlson brings decades of experience fighting for his clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, military law, product liability and mass torts in the Killeen, Texas, area. His time in the military has given him a working knowledge of military law, but he is also adept in handling civilian trials throughout the state. He has experience with mass torts and medical malpractice cases across the country.Mr. Carlson received his bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the Nebraska College of Law in 1989. The same year, he became licensed to practice law in Nebraska. He enlisted in the United States Army JAG Corps, serving as a claims officer, prosecutor, and trial defense officer from 1989 to 1994, and shortly after, he became licensed to practice law in Texas. Mr. Carlson is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.Widely recognized by his peers, Mr. Carlson has earned an AV Preeminent rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He additionally holds a Superb rating from his peers through Avvo. Having represented clients in cases resulting in substantial settlements and awards, Mr. Carlson is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.In order to continually improve his practice, Mr. Carlson participates as a member of multiple legal organizations, including the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the American, Bell County and Fort Hood bar associations. He is additionally a member of the Christian Legal Society, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, L.L.C. and the Association of the United States Army.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.