TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF BEING A VOLUME LAWYER
I see television ads and other ads being run by lawyers with little or no experience with Iowa law. For the most part these are not lawyers promoting value in providing legal services. These are what I call volume lawyers and law firm mills. They want a thousand cases so they can pick the best cases and use the rest to pay the monthly ad bill. These are legal factories, not boutique law firms providing valuable legal services. They want all the cases they can get their hands on.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MAKES
- They settle cheap because they have to.
- Your case is a file number.
- They won’t take your telephone calls because they have too many irons in the fire.
- The never teach you about the law, lawsuits and discovery.
- They have no time to teach.
- They do not prepare you for your deposition. Instead they just say, “Tell the truth.”
- When you find yourself online looking for answers, rather than once again being frustrated because your questions go unanswered by the lawyer you hired, you realize that you hired a volume lawyer.
- When you call me asking for legal advice and trying to hide that you have a lawyer, you definitely hired a volume lawyer.
- Volume lawyers provide legal services in files that are half-full.
- The Lombardi Law Firm is a boutique firm serving people, not advertising agencies.
IT IS ALL ABOUT PRIDE
As a lawyer who prides himself on doing quality work, my law firm is not chasing a big monthly ad bill. We do advertise, but we also turn many cases away. Our business model is not one that tries to shoe every horse in the barn.
FOR MANY LAWYERS IT IS ABOUT THE AD-WORD AND TV AD BILLS
We do not settle your case because we need to settle four cases every month to pay for a huge advertising bill. My law firm settles your case if the compensation being offered is fair and that takes time. We do not rush your case.
NOT EVERY CASE IS BIG, BUT EVERY CASE IS IMPORTANT
Not every case settles for more than $100,000 or even a million dollars or even six million. Not every case is big in terms of dollars and cents. And the value can’t really be determined until the medical treatment has concluded and your medical condition stabilized.
Volume lawyers take every case and then dump those having little value irrespective of what is fair. Volume lawyers practice law as if it were a factory assembly line.
WHY YOU NEED TO CHOSE WISELY –
- Why You Need To Think About What We Just Said
In any lawsuit you have one shot to win. There are no do-overs unless you are the one in one thousand who, after you lose at a trial, are awarded a new trial through an expensive and lengthy appeal. Quadriplegia, paraplegia and brain damage are the worst injuries you can ever suffer. They are worse than death, because you will get to live each and every day with a severe permanent injury that they cannot change.
OUR TIMELY CLIENT CASES ARE OUR PRIORITY
Once we take cases those clients are our priority. And so don’t go to someone else, become unhappy and then decide to switch to the Lombardi Law Firm. We will talk to you about your case, but depending on our schedule and work load, we may reject your case. Time is of the essence and when a trial is set a few months from your call to us, we aren’t likely to be very excited about taking over. When other lawyers have taken depositions we are stuck with what thye did.
And when you call us three years after the accident, key evidence is likely missing and cannot be gathered or preserved.
Too late is too late and at that stage, we just are not interested in giving our real clients a bad experience.
THE LOMBARDI LAW FIRM
We pride ourselves in telling you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you want to hear. We like doing our own investigation, when we can. And we like taking on the case within days of the accident. We like a challenge and so difficult fact situations do not bother us. We have handled construction, mining, motorcycle, ATV, falls from heights, scaffolding, construction equipment back-over, car, semi-trucks, pedestrian, interstate highway collisions, burn, electrocution, lock-out-tag-out violations, wrong-side surgery, wrong-way collisions and many other types of cases resulting in surgical intervention, death, loss of sight, loss of limbs, quadriplegia, paraplegia and brain damage.
YOU CAN NEVER CALL TOO EARLY
Right after the accident is when the at-fault person’s insurance adjuster is calling for a recorded statement. DO NOT GIVE A STATEMENT WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. This is one of the most important things you do in any case. You can ruin liability by saying the wrong things. Ignorance is no excuse. Not knowing the elements of a personal injury case and how to establish liability is not an adequate excuse. So get advice as early as you are able and certainly before making statements to insurance adjusters, including your own.