ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: LEONARD HILL

leonard_hillLeonard Hill is a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer and founding partner at Hill & Associates, P.C., a premier accident and injury firm. Coming from humble beginnings, he graduated Cum Laude from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he was a Golden Key Honor Society member and Dean’s List student multiple semesters. Upon graduating college, Leonard taught middle school for eight years and was featured in the New York Times for his determination to educate and inspire inner city school children in Philadelphia.

While teaching, Leonard attended Temple University School of Law, where he participated in the “world-renowned” Temple University Nita Trial Program. He graduated in 1996 and then obtained an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from the same university in 2006 – a prestigious degree that less than one percent of all attorneys in the United States have obtained.

Leonard founded Hill & Associates in 1999 and has since helped recover over $100 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients. A proud member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and American Association for Justice, Leonard has tried hundreds of cases in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has represented clients in various jurisdictions throughout the United States. His practice areas include car accidents, product liability, police brutality, medical malpractice, and other personal injury matters.

If you have been injured as the result of another party’s negligence or were involved in an accident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, contact a reputable law firm home to a team of attorneys with over 20 years of combined legal experience today for a free legal consultation.

Hill & Associates, P.C.
123 S. Broad St. Ste 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19109
(800) 737-4687

Attorney Spotlight: Remembering Waldo De Castroverde

As the two-year anniversary of Waldo De Castroverde’s passing approaches, we remember him for more than just his legal success. His legacy portrays a fighter who stood up for his people and a visionary for the future of his community.

Waldo De Castroverde’s Past

What made Waldo De Castroverde shine above other lawyers in Las Vegas who promise to stand behind their clients? His dedication to others has been displayed far before his desire to become a lawyer. Waldo De Castroverde moved to the US from Cuba in 1960 and immediately enrolled in the military. As a paratrooper and one of 1400 Cuban exiles, De Castroverde played an active role at the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, which ultimately landed him back in Cuba. At only 19 years old, being held captive in Cuban prison with a 30-year sentence for his Bay of Pigs involvement, Waldo De Castroverde didn’t stop advocating for Cuba’s freedom and democracy. Little did he know that his efforts would land him face-to-face with Fidel Castro, negotiating freedom. Waldo’s vision for advocacy didn’t seize after his release. Moving back to the states, he channeled his passions and pursued his Juris Doctorate from Nevada School of Law, Old College, in 1985. Using his personal experience as an immigrant and prisoner, he chose to specialize in Nevada criminal defense and immigration law. His background and stride for advocacy

Continuing His Legacy

Waldo’s legacy continues to be present in his family lineage. Both Alex and Orlando De Castroverde graduated from law school and are now running their family’s law firm De Castroverde Law Group, based in Las Vegas.

Orlando De Castroverde received his undergraduate degree from California State-Fullerton and was a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling qualifier. He then graduated from the University of Mississippi, magna cum laude with his Juris Doctor. While there, Orlando earned the America Juris Prudence awarded in three of his courses and obtained the highest MBE score on the Nevada State Bar exam in 2000. Right out of school, Orlando joined Waldo’s law firm and immediately the two tried a case together involving a seven-count felony. The verdict? Not guilty. For the remainder of Waldo’s life, the two successfully won various criminal defense cases and became a well-known name in the Reno legal community.

Then, Orlando partnered with his brother Alex to open De Castroverde Law Group, with the goal to carry on the legacy of their father. Whether a client faces criminal charges or has suffered from an injury caused by negligence in Las Vegas, the firm knows that each person deserves aggressive and promising representation. Holding onto the family name, the specialize in personal injury, criminal defense, and immigration cases.

 

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: LLOYD LONG

lloyd_longLloyd Long is an accomplished Pennsylvania criminal appeals lawyeradvocate for the accused and convicted, and partner at Krasner & Long, LLC, one of Philadelphia’s premier criminal defense law firms. At the firm, Lloyd handles each and every appeal or post-conviction proceeding, representing clients throughout the entire state in a variety of matters ranging from murder to robbery to sexual assault. Handling over 200 appellate cases to date, Lloyd’s extensive familiarity with the very complicated rules of procedure on appeal is unmatched and has made him an invaluable legal advocate for his clients.

A Philadelphia native, Lloyd grew up and was educated in the area. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University and Rutgers Law School, where he was the law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office in Camden and gained experience drafting legal memos, briefs, and motions for federal prosecutors. Lloyd excelled at Rutgers, graduating with honors in the top 10 percent of his class and was given the Richard Barbour Memorial Award for Public Service. Additionally, he was the Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy.

After graduating law school, Lloyd took a position as an appellate prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where he handled a large number of appeals to both the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Court, and litigated many post-conviction relief cases.

In addition to being selecting as a Super Lawyer, Lloyd has a perfect 10 AVVO rating, and was selected as a Top 100 Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. A self-proclaimed law nerd at heart, he reads all of the published criminal decisions by Pennsylvania’s appellate courts, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court weekly.

I chose this area of practice because it gives me the opportunity to help people and protect constitutional rights.”

If you have been convicted of a crime, timing is imperative. There are deadlines in appellate and post-conviction practice that the law refers to as “jurisdictional in nature,” meaning if you miss a filing deadline, your opportunity to appeal or file for post-conviction relief may be forever gone. If you lose your direct appeal, you have a very limited time in which you may file for post-conviction relief under Pennsylvania’s Post Conviction Relief Act or federal habeas statute. Because these deadlines are the most unforgiving, getting Lloyd involved early is extremely important. To learn more, contact Krasner & Long, LLC today for a consultation.

Krasner & Long, LLC
239 S Camac St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 731-9500

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: CHRISTOPHER ESKEW

chris eskewChristopher Eskew is a talented Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer whose passion for his home state of Indiana, dedication to his clients, and courtroom experience have all translated into a successful track record that speaks volumes to his strong work ethic. He has handled various criminal defense cases ranging from drug crimes to burglary and established Eskew Law, LLC with the single goal of helping the people of Indiana who are struggling with issues they cannot handle on their own.

In 2000, Chris received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from DePauw University, where he was an active member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and played football all four years for the Tigers. After graduating from college, he took an interest in criminal law and developed a passion for helping people who were unfairly or wrongly accused of crimes, which led him to enroll in law school at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, IN. While attending law school, Chris helped at the Criminal Defense Clinic, acting as a student attorney and assisting real clients. Additionally, his participation in Moot Court allowed him to refine his legal brief writing and oral argument skills.

Chris graduated from law school and took the Indiana bar in 2006; he was admitted to practice law in Indiana, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana later that year, and is licensed to practice criminal defense in all federal, appellate, and county courts in the state of Indiana.

Although he founded Eskew Law, LLC in 2011, Chris has focused his legal career on criminal defense for nearly a decade. In 2007, he began his legal career at the Marion County Public Defender’s Agency and then went on to work as a partner at three different firms from 2008-2010 before opening his solo practice, Eskew Law, LLC in 2011. His firm has since grown and now houses several full-time lawyers.

Chris remains active in both the local and national criminal law communities and has devoted his professional focus to criminal law, with 100% of his practice dedicated to criminal and DUI defense. He is a member of the Indiana Bar, Indianapolis Bar, and the American Bar Associations, and continues to further his knowledge of legal issues by attending relevant seminars like the National Criminal Defense College’s Trial Practice Institute held in Macon, GA.

Since earning his law degree, Chris has been awarded numerous prestigious accolades including The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Advocacy of DUI Defense’s Top 100 DUI Attorneys in the State of Indiana, and Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, among others.

If you are facing criminal charges in Indianapolis or anywhere else throughout Central Indiana and need aggressive representation you can count on, contact Christopher Eskew and his team today for a free consultation.

Eskew Law, LLC
1 N. Meridian Street, Ste 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 974-0177

Attorney Spotlight: Corey A. Bundza

Accident attorney Corey BundzaCorey Bundza is a Daytona Beach personal injury attorney and managing partner of the respected and successful law firm, Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. But such a sought-after reputation didn’t come overnight, of course; he’s commanded it during his now sixteen years of practicing law.

Bundza graduated from Florida State University with his B.S. in Communication in 1997. While staying true to his Florida roots, he officially began his legal journey on rival territory, earning his Juris Doctorate from University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. In between managing classes, exam prep and a few hours of sleep, Bundza also worked as a clerk for the Honorable Larry G. Turner. He passed the Florida State Bar in 2000.

Similar to most attorneys, Bundza didn’t start his career as partner, but unlike most personal injury lawyers, he did start by defending his modern day opponent. He formerly represented some of the country’s largest insurance companies and their clients in automobile negligence and medical malpractice lawsuits. Bundza credits some of his current success to this prior experience; he knows how insurance companies and their attorneys think, evaluate, and act on cases, offering his clients unique insights and an undeniable courtroom advantage.

Today, Bundza recognizes most insurance companies have an unlimited budget when hiring attorneys and attempt to keep their profit margins high by paying out less than the claim is worth. Eventually reaching his capacity for defending these powerhouse companies, Mr. Bundza joined forces with fellow personal injury attorney Michael Rodriguez, top-tier paralegals, clerks, and support staff to open Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. in 2007.

Bundza dedicates his practice to representing those injured from someone else’s negligence. His end goal is to relieve some of the overwhelming experiences associated with accidents, medical bills, and painful recovery times. Bundza relentlessly and aggressively advocates for his clients, handling the minor, major, and in between details of paperwork, property damage assessments, rental cars, disability, personnel issues, injury claims, and anything else required for their case.

Combine his attention to detail, prior insurance defense experience, and longstanding relationships with courtroom staff and judges, it’s no surprise Bundza’s name is behind a plethora of high settlements and verdicts. He recovered $450,000 for one client who suffered neck injuries during softball practice; $325,000 for a client who suffered bone fractures and facial injuries after a bar fight; and obtained $100,000 for a client who suffered a wrist injury after a car accident.

When looking for a personal injury firm with experience, resources, and results, don’t hesitate to contact Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. Bundza and his firm offer free consultations from their office or your home or hospital room and represent all injury clients on a contingency basis.

 

Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A.

444 Seabreeze Blvd,

Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Phone: (386) 252-5170

Toll Free: (866) 785-5740

Attorney Spotlight: Craig Knapp

Knapp & Roberts is a personal injury law firm based in Phoenix, Arizona with extensive experience helping victims retrieve the compensation they deserve after an accident.

Who Is Craig Knapp?Craig Knapp

Craig Knapp, the founder of Knapp & Roberts has been wildly successful throughout his entire career and has accomplished numerous achievements. The Phoenix personal injury attorney has over 20 years of experience handling complex injury matters and has successfully litigated multi-million dollar, high profile cases in Arizona. He was recently recognized as 2016 Lawyer Of The Year by Best Lawyers for his work in personal injury litigation for plaintiffs and was named a Southwest Super Lawyer from 2011-2015.  In the legal community, Craig is highly active in the Arizona Association for Justice, where he has served as a State Delegate, the Vice President as well as the President for the board. He also frequents the campus of Arizona State University, where he graduated from in 1986, and he speaks at lecture halls on mass tort litigation as well as continuing legal education.

Giving Back

Aside from being highly recognized in the legal community, Craig Knapp and his team at Knapp & Roberts have taken major strides to get involved in the and disabled community. Developmental disability has personally affected the families at the firm and they have collectively made it a goal to give back to this community whenever they can. Knapp & Roberts has taken on various pro bono cases associated with children being neglected or injured because of their disability. Recently, an elementary school student with and ADHD attended an overnight school field trip to a science camp in Arizona, and while at camp, the student was physically harassed and bullied. Knapp & Roberts didn’t hesitate to take on this case, representing the parents of the student and filing a claim against the school. The lawyers also participate in various fundraising events that support disabled organizations throughout Arizona. Generation Rescue, Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, and Zoowalk for Autism Research are just a few of the charities they work with that support the autistic community.

Now they have gone a step further; Knapp & Roberts has created two opportunities that benefit those who also dedicate their time to the disabled community.

Students with Autistic Siblings Scholarship

A child’s autism diagnosis affects all family members in various ways, including their siblings. That’s why Knapp & Roberts is offering a $2,500.00 scholarship for college students who grew up with a sibling with autism. Our firm knows the financial struggles a family can endure- medical costs, assisted classes, specialized care, etc.- so we want to help give back. For the full prompt and submission information, visit the Siblings with Autism Scholarship page.

Scholarship for Students Pursuing a Special Needs Education Degree

Are you planning on or currently pursing a degree in special education? Not only do the lawyers at Knapp & Roberts appreciate your dedication, but we want to help. Our firm is offering a Special Education Degree Scholarship, a $2,500.00 opportunity for students who best embody why pursuing this degree is so important to them.

With the goal to raise awareness and support the special needs community, Craig Knapp & the personal injury lawyers at Knapp & Roberts have really set themselves apart from the rest. Their dedication to the courtroom parallels their advocacy efforts and community initiatives, which is commendable and truly valued.

For more information about the firm, contact Knapp & Roberts at (480) 991-7677

Knapp & Roberts

8777 North Gainey Center Drive, Suite 165

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: JESSE JACOBS

Jesse JacobsJesse B. Jacobs is a Vancouver personal injury lawyer at the NW Injury Law center, but before returning back to his hometown to practice law, he began his career as avid traveler and teacher abroad. After graduating from Washington State University in 2007 with a degree in Business Administration, Jesse returned as a lecturer to Nantong University in the coastal Chinese province of Jiangsu, where he had studied abroad during his undergraduate years. Proficient in Chinese, he stayed here as an instructor for 3 years, where he taught multiple subject s for up to six classes a semester.

Upon returning to the United States in 2010, Jesse began attending the Seattle University School of Law where he served as both a Teaching Assistant for courses in Contract and Criminal Law and as secretary for the Law and Development Institute. He returned to China briefly to study law in the country’s financial hub of Shanghai where he obtained his certificate in Comprehensive Chinese Law from a joint program between Willamette University College of Law and East China University of Political Science. In his last few months of school before graduating Magna Cum Laude, Jesse served as a legal intern in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General.

Before joining the team at the NW Injury Law Center in 2014, Jesse worked as a solo practitioner in Seattle where he focused on plaintiff personal injury claims and became an active Eagle Member of the Washington State Association of Justice. Currently, he practices alongside his father, Don Jacobs, who founded the NW Injury Law Center in 2002. When not practicing law, he enjoys spending time outdoors in Vancouver by hiking, fishing, and perusing the famous Vancouver Farmer’s Market.

If you have been the victim of negligent behavior or were in an accident in Vancouver, Washington, contact an experienced law firm that has been helping injury victims in the Pacific Northwest for over 35 years today for a free case evaluation.

NW Injury Law Center

514 West 9th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 695-1624

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: JAMES W. KNOWLES JR.

James W. KnoInt_profile_jamesjrwles Jr. is an Omaha personal injury attorney at Knowles Law Firm in Nebraska but the legal community and city of Omaha have been staple parts of his life since birth. As his name implies, Jim was born to James Knowles Sr. who returned from military service to receive his law degree from St. Louis University in 1954. By the time Jim was a young child, his father’s legal career was growing quickly enough that he eventually decided to open his own practice, Knowles Law Firm, in 1967. Today, Knowles Law Firm remains one of the preeminent personal injury firms in Omaha with Jim and his brother Robert as the managing partners.

Jim’s personal career, however, began at the University of Miami where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration in 1978. He then went on to attend Creighton Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1981. Also while in law school, Jim passed the CPA exam and received his Certificate of Public Accountancy which he still holds. After then passing the bar exam, Jim joined his father at Knowles Law Firm in 1981 and began working primarily on insurance defense matters. Over the last 20 years, Jim has shifted away from insurance defense and works primarily on the plaintiff side of personal injury cases with a focus on car accidents, wrongful death, and product liability. He has experience trying cases at both the state and federal level as well as in the Nebraska Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

In his personal life, Jim and his family are also well accustomed to the field of law. He met his wife Rjean while they were both students at Creighton Law School and afterwards she practiced for several years until retiring to raise their three children. Continuing the legal lineage, two of those children, Matthew and Benjamin, currently practice as personal injury lawyers at Knowles Law Firm after also attending Creighton Law School. Aside from his law practice, Jim enjoys breeding and racing horses while spending time on a family farm in Kentucky.

If you need legal assistance from a law firm that brings almost 50 years of legal experience to the table, look no further than the team at Knowles Law Firm. Contact them today for a free consultation.

Knowles Law Firm

First National Bank Building
11404 W. Dodge Road, Suite 450
Omaha, NE 68154
(402) 431-9000

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: JOE LOPEZ

Jose Luis ‘JJoe Lopezoe’ Lopez is an experienced personal injury attorney in Austin who opened his own practice in 2015 with the goal of becoming one of the premier injury law firms in Texas. Joe’s story began in El Paso where he was born and raised seeing the plight of injury victims throughout various communities in Texas. With a diverse background and bilingual skills, Joe knew that he could help build strong relationships and become an advocate for all injury victims that needed assistance.

Graduating from St. Edward’s University in 2000 with a degree in business finance, Joe attended St. Mary’s University and received his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University in 2003. He began practicing in Austin shortly thereafter in order to build up his experience litigating all different types of personal injury claims. Today, he is admitted to practice in Texas county courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

As the lead trial attorney at his firm, Joe Lopez Law, he specializes in all types of claims, ranging from spinal and brain injuries to wrongful death and workplace hazards.  In 2013, he was selected to be a member of the invite-only National Trial Lawyers Top 100 while also being asked to join the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates which honors experienced attorneys who have recovered $2 million or more for an individual client. Most recently in 2015, Joe was selected by Super Lawyers as one of their Rising Stars in Texas and belongs to numerous other attorney groups, including the American Association for Justice and Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

In his free time, Joe enjoys driving his 1977 Ford Bronco, fishing with his son, and staying involved by volunteering for community events in Austin.

If you need legal assistance from an attorney with a proven track record and personal approach, contact Joe Lopez Law today for a free consultation.

Joe Lopez Law
1502 West Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
512.580.9962

ATTORNEY SPOTLIGHT: THE MERRIGANS

Sweeney Merrigan Law LLPIf imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then there is a lot of respect between the legal team at Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP. Co-founded by brothers, Peter and Tucker, and their father, Thomas, the Merrigan family has dedicated both their lives and legal practice to becoming some of the most respected personal injury lawyers in Boston.

Although all three are licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, each member of the Merrigan family found their own way to achieving the same goal of opening a family owned and operated injury firm. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Thomas Merrigan attended the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he graduated in 1976 and returned back to Massachusetts immediately thereafter to practice. In addition to many years as a litigator, Thomas has twelve years of experience serving as a First Justice in the Orange District Court and has won numerous awards, including the Warren Burger Trial Court Judge of the Year Award. Furthermore, he has also been trained as a mediator, earning certificates from the Harvard Law School Negotiation Project and MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, thus giving him a unique combination of skills when it comes to all aspects of litigation.

Peter Merrigan began his journey at James Madison University in Virginia and then attended the New England School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude. During his time in law school, he received the Cali Excellence for the Future Award for his work in the study of negotiation and Constitutional Law as well as serving as an assistant District Attorney at the West Roxbury District Court. For his achievements after passing the bar, Peter was recently named a 2015 “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorney” by National Trial Lawyers and belongs to the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.

Tucker Merrigan received his bachelors in political science from Tufts University in Medford, where he was captain of the lacrosse team, earning both All-American and Scholar All-American honors. Following in his brother’s footsteps, he attended the New England School of Law where he served as a member of the Student Bar Association and graduated with Dean’s Honors. Also like his brother, he was named a “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorney” by National Trial Lawyers for his excellence in the courtroom.

If you need assistance from a dedicated team of lawyers who build trust and strong relationships, contact Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP today for a free case evaluation.

Sweeney Merrigan Law LLP
268 Summer Street, LL
Boston, MA 02210
contact@sweeneymerrigan.com
(617) 391-9001