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orenthaljames
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
I've worked with Johnnie Cochran before. Real nice guy. In fact, he got me out of some trouble. Expensive, but worth the money.


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Mr Clean
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
I’m actually Digger Earles

I pretend to be some loser named Coppage


Motorboat
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
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I understand that is the talking point, but it is not reality. A big part of their marketing is the PI wants you to talk to them before you talk to the insurance company. They call the insurance company with a settlement offer that is less than what the value of the case is. If they think the damages are 50K the call and offer to settle for 40K. The insurance company quickly jumps on it.


Even if this made any sense, it is wrong.

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Boom quick results. The last thing these marketing law firms want to do is go to trial. They need to spend that money on tv spots and billboards. They dont't want to go after another $10K that will be eaten up by court costs. Their billable hours are better spent on sales than actual litigation.


Que? Again. you have no idea of what you type.

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As a quick example, I know a girl who was hit by a light fixture in a big box store. She got a super bad concussion, and missed several weeks of work.. One of PI lawyers in town was pushing her to settle for $10,000 bucks... which was less than her lost wages. He needed to settle quick because ads aren't cheap.


Well of her concussion was super bad, then she should have gotten more. You have personal knowledge that he advised her to settle to pay for ads? You're pretty deeply involved to know all of that.



Jake88
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
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This is one of the biggest lies in PI. People that get in car accidents have injuries
It's not a lie. Over my lifetime I've had 4 accidents where others were at fault and I've never been hurt despite a decent amount of damage to the vehicles.

I guess I don't feel like bullshiteting soft tissue injuries and "excruciating" pain.


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Jake88
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
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 but your run of the mill drivers carry 15/30. Most of those accidents result in policy limits which cover medicals with the injured party not getting a whole lot. Yes there are out-liars but most people are not getting windfalls like the commercials promote
But when you find those with fat policies you milk the hell out of them.


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NIH
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
It’s a legislative problem. Lower the jury threshold and raise SOL to two years. Simple.


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BlackAdam
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
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Even if this made any sense, it is wrong.


It is the entirety of the business model. Get them in. Get them out. To do that you settle the case as quickly as you can, by chasing less than the value of the case.

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Que? Again. you have no idea of what you type.


Ok bud. Do you think Gordon makes millions of dollars when his staff attorneys are deposing witnesses, getting expert reports, and doing lawyer shit, OR do you think he makes his money when his staff attorneys are bringing new clients in and settling cases as quick as possible?

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Well of her concussion was super bad, then she should have gotten more. You have personal knowledge that he advised her to settle to pay for ads? You're pretty deeply involved to know all of that.


I was involved. She got terrible legal advice from a settlement firm that does a shite ton of ads, a shite ton of settlements, and very little litigation.



DevilDagNS
Member since Dec 2017
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
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Lower limit to $10k, two year statute of limitations


Thats a start. And lower all these cesspool city/parish courts to at least $10K.


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MorbidTheClown
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
did work for morris bart and michael hingle. they were both dicks..all the time.


Mr Clean
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
Michael Hingle is still alive?


MorbidTheClown
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
no idea. but, i did work for him in the late 90's early 00's


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brbegone
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
. Atty gets 33 to 40 percent depending on contract. So atty gets 16 to 20k off the top of 50k then remainder is used to pay docs/chiro as well as a couple of k’s for court cost. Atty often ends up with more than client
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Jake88
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
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Atty often ends up with more than client
Like a parasite on its host.


Keltic Tiger
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
A friend's daughter worked for Lewis Uglesby (?) & she lasted 2 weeks, apparently a record at the time. She told her dad that he was the most foul mouthed person she had ever been around. This was around the office. Two female co-workers quit while she was there, both after he had cursed them out & threw cell phone at them; apparently his go-to move when pissed.


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HoldenOversoul
South Carolina Fan
South Carolina
Member since Oct 2012
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
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Even if this made any sense, it is wrong.


It is the entirety of the business model. Get them in. Get them out. To do that you settle the case as quickly as you can, by chasing less than the value of the case.

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Que? Again. you have no idea of what you type.


Ok bud. Do you think Gordon makes millions of dollars when his staff attorneys are deposing witnesses, getting expert reports, and doing lawyer shit, OR do you think he makes his money when his staff attorneys are bringing new clients in and settling cases as quick as possible?

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Well of her concussion was super bad, then she should have gotten more. You have personal knowledge that he advised her to settle to pay for ads? You're pretty deeply involved to know all of that.


I was involved. She got terrible legal advice from a settlement firm that does a shite ton of ads, a shite ton of settlements, and very little litigation.


That is not any law firm's business model. There certainly are firms who push for quick settlements, but if they can't get the case settled for whatever their number is, they refer it to an actual litigation firm and get a cut while the other lawyer handles the work. Nobody is going around settling cases for less than medical bills as common practice. You'll see it in the ads - the ones who try cases brag about jury verdicts, the ones who don't brag about large settlements.

Second, Plaintiff side folks work on a contingency fee. Where I am, typically 40% if they file suit, 33% if they settle pre-suit. They may track time to make sure everyone is pulling their weight, but they don't have billable hours. Defense side bills hours in PI cases.

And honestly, I work for a couple of large insurance companies. Defending these wreck cases probably makes up 50% of my work. If you go try to negotiate on your own, they are going to frick you over. They'll have some adjuster who is in no way qualified to review medical bills look at your shit, find some random stuff to cut, then offer you maybe half of what the billed amount was. An attorney will get a much better offer for you 99 times out of 100. The exception are the bull shite cases with no injuries where nobody is getting an offer.

As far as your example of a girl with a concussion getting bad advice - if that story is true, then your friend had a bad lawyer. The legal profession is just like anything else in the world - there are people who are bad at their job. I have a hard time thinking someone with a large PI practice wouldn't know the value of a brain injury case in this day and age though.

You also aren't telling us anything about the venue on your friend's case - die hard conservative areas don't pay for shit, while liberal areas tend to give out huge verdicts regularly.



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ForeverLSU02
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
The E Gaurantee is a nice guy in person


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Got Blaze
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Member since Dec 2013
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
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I’m actually Digger Earles

and I’m Alvin Kamara ... for the record, my attorney partnership fees just increased to $250,000. Pay up Digger or go back to Bunkie


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treysnaves
Member since Oct 2011
950 posts

re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
I worked for Spencer Calahan in college and my dog was so sick I had to take her to the hospital. I called them and they told me to have someone else watch my dog and I hadn’t earned a day off besides working 5 months. Their all huge a-holes


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Red Stick Tigress
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Member since Nov 2005
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
Used to work with Chad Dudley of Dudley & DeBossier before he was a PI attorney.

Some attorneys I've worked for were real a-holes. Chad was not.


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TheOcean
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Member since Aug 2004
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re: People that have met the Billboard lawyers in real life, what are they like?
As a lawyer we need to end PI attorney advertising. It's embarrassing and cheapens the profession. I've also seen first hand where these large PI firms promise the world to clients and then completely frick them over.

ETA: most PI attorneys are miserable hacks. It's arguably the easiest area of law to learn too.
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