10 out of 10
Outstanding personal injury lawyers can be found in every state. Asking friends for a referral to a personal injury lawyer is the traditional way to find one, but your research should not stop there. The internet offers new tools to help you learn about personal injury attorneys who are licensed to practice in your state.
Reading the reviews that clients have given to the lawyers who represented them can help you decide which attorney is right for you. The Avvo website rates lawyers on a scale of one to ten. The rating is based on their accomplishments, experience, and recognition in the legal community. Avvo also allows clients to post reviews of their attorneys and gives attorneys an opportunity to endorse other lawyers.
The lawyers featured in this article — one from each state — were selected because they have a “superb” rating on Avvo and because they devote their practices primarily or exclusively to the representation of personal injury victims. Most importantly, they were chosen because their clients have given them stellar reviews. This article is not an endorsement by Timothy J. Ryan & Associates or by Timothy J. Ryan himself.
Personal injury representation runs in the family for Jon Ethan Lewis. His father practiced personal injury law in Birmingham for half a century.
Carrying on the tradition, Lewis handles car and truck accidents, wrongful death cases, and workers compensation claims. His clients say he is a hard worker who responds promptly to telephone calls and emails. They also praise his professionalism and organizational skills.
Lewis earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1992. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and was named a Top Attorney by Birmingham Magazine. He is a member of The Injury Board and is on the Board of Governors of the Alabama Association for Justice.
Lewis practices with the firm Lewis, Feldman & Lehane, LLC in Birmingham (205-254-3927). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Ward M. Merdes is a board certified lawyer who limits his practice to serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. His Avvo reviews emphasize his caring nature and the concern he shows for his clients’ best interests. Merdes’ trustworthiness is also a common theme in his reviews.
Merdes graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1988. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and is the Alaska State Coordinator for the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a director of the Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the President’s Club of the American Association for Justice.
Merdes’ office is in Fairbanks (877-263-0610). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Impressive courtroom skills contribute to the solid reviews earned by Arizona lawyer Stephen I. Leshner. In addition to handling car and trucking accidents, Leschner represents plaintiffs in medical malpractice and pharmaceutical cases. Clients and peers applaud his ability to communicate with juries and to manage complex litigation.
Leschner is a 1976 graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law. He has repeatedly earned recognition by Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers. Professional memberships include the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice, and the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association.
Leschner’s office is in Phoenix (602-266-9000). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Bruce Mulkey handles medical malpractice cases as well as personal injuries and deaths caused by all other forms of negligence, including trucking and motorcycle accidents. Clients who posted reviews to Avvo admire the integrity of this Arkansas native. They also appreciate his willingness to return telephone calls promptly and to keep them informed of the progress of their cases.
Mulkey studied law at the University of Arkansas, graduating in 1990. The National Trial Lawyers organization named him one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers while an Arkansas newspaper placed him in the Best of the Best attorneys in Northwest Arkansas. Mulkey belongs to the Arkansas Trial Lawyer Association and the American Association for Justice.
Mulkey’s practice is based in Rogers (479-936-4384). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
The Denver Post named Beth Klein one of the twelve most influential women in Colorado. She devotes much of her practice to helping the victims of life-changing injuries through traditional and class action litigation. Reviewers cite Klein’s work ethic and compassion as among her strongest character traits. A parent whose son was injured in a rappelling accident credited her thorough investigation of the facts for the satisfactory result she achieved.
Klein obtained her law degree from the University of Denver in 1987. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers and Superlawyers and received the “Case of the Year” honor from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. She is an invited member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Klein practices with the Boulder firm Klein|Frank, P.C. (303-625-6285). Klein’s Avvo rating is 10.0.
Named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Connecticut by the National Trial Lawyers, Richard P. Hastings represents clients in a variety of personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, motor vehicle collisions, slip-and-fall accidents, and dog bites. His training in the art of mediation and negotiation has prompted clients to commend him for negotiating settlements in cases where insurers claimed the clients had no entitlement to recover compensation.
Hastings graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 1983. He is on a number of “Top Lawyers” and “Best Lawyer” lists. He belongs to the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Hastings is the managing partner in the Ridgefield firm Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP (203-438-7450). Hastings’ Avvo rating is 10.0.
Gary S. Nitsche handles personal injury cases that range from nursing home negligence to produces liability, as well as car accidents and workers compensation claims. His clients express satisfaction with his attention to detail and with the steps he takes to assure that their health care needs are met. His Avvo reviews describe him as a “strong advocate” and a “pit bull.”
Nitsche is a 1987 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice.
Nitsche is the managing partner at Weik Nitsche & Dougherty in Wilmington (888-605-8301). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
While Armando R. Payas handles a broad spectrum of personal injury cases, medical malpractice is a particular focus. His clients appreciate his willingness to take tough cases, his kind and friendly attitude, and his dogged determination to win justice for injury victims.
Payas is a 1983 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Barry University of Law. He has been recognized as a Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trends Magazine and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Payas is a partner in the Orlando firm Payas, Payas & Payas, LLP (407-641-3291). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Motor vehicle accidents form the core of Ashley Brooke Fournet’s personal injury practice. Many of her clients have been victims of collisions with tractor-trailers or other commercial vehicles. Her Avvo reviews emphasize her ability to move cases forward and to achieve satisfying results. She has been termed “a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with.”
Fournet graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2003. The National Trial Lawyers recently named her one of the Top 40 Under 40. Fournet’s professional memberships include the American Association for Justice and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Fournet is a partner in the Atlanta firm of Taylor|Hughes|Fournet, LLP (770-694-6556). Her Avvo rating is 9.6.
Bill Lawson devotes 90 percent of his practice to personal injury cases, including car accidents. Several clients who reviewed Lawson on Avvo were tourists injured in car or moped accidents while visiting Hawaii. Lawson’s reviewers admire his honesty, knowledge, and energy. Injured tourists also appreciate his ability to settle their claims efficiently after they have returned home.
Lawson earned his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1977. He has repeatedly earned a spot on the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Lawson serves on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Association for Justice.
Lawson’s office is in Honolulu (866-323-6550). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Michael T. Howard handles products liability cases, medical malpractice claims, and other personal injury cases. He also brings “bad faith” claims against insurance companies that deny coverage to the people they insure. Howard’s reviews speak highly of the respect Howard has earned in the legal community and of his ability to explain complex legal issues in terms his clients can easily understand.
Howard obtained his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1999. Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine placed Howard on its list of Top 100 lawyers while Super Lawyers designated him as a Rising Star. He belongs to the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of both the Idaho and Washington State Bars.
Howard manages the Coeur d’Alene office of Winston & Cashatt (208-667-2103). Howard’s Avvo rating is 10.0.
Catherine D. Battista handles personal injury and medical malpractice claims with a particular focus on nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Battista’s Avvo reviews describe her as efficient and compassionate. While she is kind to her clients, they are pleased that she is aggressive in her interaction with insurance companies.
Battista earned her law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2005. Illinois Super Lawyers designated her as a Rising Star while the National Trial Lawyers named her as one of the Top 40 Under 40. She is a member of the Kane County Bar Association.
Battista practices with Argento & Battista LLC in Elgin (847-628-8305). Her Avvo rating is 10.0.
Matthew Schiller’s personal injury practice includes car and truck accidents, wrongful death cases, and workers compensation claims. His client reviews attest to his professionalism, courtesy, and knowledge of the law. Clients say he has done a “great job” for them.
Schiller graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in 2002. The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys gave him a Top 10 Attorney Award while the National Trial Lawyers placed him on its list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Schiller is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
Schiller’s firm is in Indianapolis (317-578-2100). His Avvo rating is 9.8.
It is no surprise that Pete Leehey takes a special interest in motorcycle accident cases, given that he describes himself as an avid biker. Leehey also handles other personal injury and workers compensation cases. Leehey’s clients praise his ability to listen to their concerns as well as his thorough preparation. He puts his clients at ease while demonstrating that he is concerned with them as individuals, not as sources of income.
Leehey graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1984. He has been named as a Super Lawyer and received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Lawyers and the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association.
Leehey’s office is in Cedar Rapids (319-540-8940). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
After handling aviation and catastrophic injury cases for a Los Angeles firm, Matthew Bretz returned to his hometown of Hutchinson. His personal injury practice includes car and motorcycle accidents as well as wrongful death cases. Bretz’ Avvo reviews call attention to his tenacious representation, his caring attitude, and his creative use of legal theories that maximize the recovery he obtains for his clients.
Bretz is a 1991 graduate of the Pepperdine University School of Law. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, was listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, and earned a 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. He belongs to several professional associations and is on the Board of Governors of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.
Bretz’ office is in Hutchinson (620-322-4119). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
After leaving the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, where he litigated enforcement actions against pharmaceutical, insurance, and petroleum companies, Tad Thomas returned to private practice in Louisville. He represents clients in personal injury, wrongful death, and class action lawsuits. Thomas’ client reviews on Avvo consistently mention his integrity and his responsiveness to client inquires. Clients also admire his passionate advocacy.
Thomas graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2000. He received an Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and has repeatedly been named a Super Lawyer. He is a former chair of the American Association for Justice.
Thomas Law Office is based in Louisville (877-955-7001). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Devoting his practice entirely to personal injury cases, Bryan Fisher represents victims of car, truck, motorcycle, and boating accidents, industrial accidents, and falls caused by unsafe premises. Fisher’s clients appreciate his ability to understand their pain and to make a difference in their lives. They are impressed by his diligent efforts to obtain fair compensation for their injuries.
Fisher is a 1991 graduate of the Louisiana State University Law Center. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, among several other professional organizations.
Fisher’s firm is based in Baton Rouge (225-766-1234). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Thomas L. Douglas represents clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases in Maine’s state and federal courts. His peers say that he combines intelligence with practicality, persistence, and determination. Clients recommend him because he treats them with dignity, compassion, and respect while using his formidable talents to resolve their claims.
Douglas obtained his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. He was named a Rising Star for several years, and was recently added to the list of Super Lawyers. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and served for three years on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.
Douglas is a co-founder of Douglas McDaniel Campo & Schools LLC, P.A. in Westbrook (207-517-4297). Douglas’ Avvo rating is 10.0.
George P. Patterson is a board certified trial lawyers who devotes much of his practice to representing victims of catastrophic injuries. He has taken hundreds of personal injury cases to trial. His Avvo reviews stress that he places the interests of his clients first. He helps them achieve fair settlements and, in cases that go to trial, takes time to prepare them to testify.
Patterson earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America in 1996. Several publications have named him a “Top 100” lawyer, including Baltimore Magazine and the Washington Post Magazine, and he is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He belongs to the Maryland Association for Justice as well as other professional organizations.
Patterson practices with Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC in Bowie (301-710-9306). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
The discipline that Scott D. Goldberg learned while earning black belts in karate serves him well as a personal injury lawyer. Clients admire Goldberg’s ability to focus on their needs and appreciate the personal touch with which he handles their cases. Victims of dog bites, collisions, and other accidental injuries speak glowingly of Goldberg’s management of all aspects of their claims.
Goldberg is a 1987 graduate of Suffolk University Law School. He has earned Avvo’s “Client’s Choice Award” and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys.
Goldberg’s law firm is in Boston (857-264-2110). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Having worked for an insurance company during law school, Heather Joy Atnip understands the workings of the insurance industry. Now she sues insurance companies on behalf of her personal injury clients and for clients whose coverage claims are wrongfully denied. Clients praise her for staying on top of her cases. Her reviews also express gratitude for the care and concern Atnip shows for the welfare of her clients.
Atnip graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2006. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and was named Woman of the Year by the National Professional Association of Women. Atnip is on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice and belongs to the Michigan Brain Injury Association.
Atnip & Associates PLLC is located in Rochester (248-716-6195). Atnip’s Avvo rating is 10.0.
After doing volunteer work with physically and mentally challenged teens, Shiela K. Donnelly-Coyne decided to make a career of helping injured people. Her clients who posted Avvo reviews consider her to be a true advocate for the cause of justice. They recommend her as a fighter who listens to and cares about her clients. Her peers are especially impressed with her knowledge of the law regarding trucking accidents.
Donnelly-Coyne received her law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1993. She is a board certified specialist in trial law and has repeatedly been recognized as a Super Lawyer. She belongs to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and is on the Board of Governors of the Minnesota Association for Justice.
Donnelly-Coyne is a partner in the St. Paul firm of Paige Donnelly, Ltd. (651-222-2797). Her Avvo rating is 10.0.
Gunn graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2006. He was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and received an Excellence Award from the American Association for Justice. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Mississippi Association for Justice.
Gunn works with the law firm of Corban Gunn Van Cleave in Biloxi (228-207-3109). His Avvo rating is 9.6.
Zane T. Cagle handles personal injuries in admiralty matters as well as more traditional cases involving collisions with cars and trucks. Clients are impressed with his enthusiasm, his investigative skill, and his availability to answer all their questions promptly. Cagle’s peers confirm that he is highly respected in the legal community.
Cagle graduated from the Washington University School of Law in 2002. He is licensed to practice in Illinois as well as Missouri. Super Lawyers has recognized Cagle as a Rising Star and the National Trial Lawyers placed him on its list of Top 40 Under 40. He is a member of several organizations, including the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.
Cagle’s law firm is in St. Louis (314) 276-1681. His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Licensed to practice in both Montana and North Dakota, Cynthia K. Smith has earned the respect of her peers for her work in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Client reviews on Avvo say that Smith is a knowledgeable and careful lawyer. Clients also report that she is a passionate advocate for the rights of injury victims.
Smith received her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 1990. She has been designated as a Mountain States Super Lawyer and is a past president of the State Bar of Montana.
Smith practices with the firm of Jasper Smith Olson P.C. in Missoula (406-445-1138). Her Avvo rating is 10.0.
Motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, and falls due to unsafe conditions are among the personal injury cases that Jeffrey Lapin handles. Lapin’s client reviews reflect the belief that Lapin wants to achieve the best results for his clients while keeping them informed and giving them useful advice. Clients say they trust Lapin and appreciate his supportive nature.
The University of Nebraska College of Law gave Lapin his law degree in 1997. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates and of the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys.
Lapin’s office is in Lincoln (402-421-8033). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Defending insurance companies during the early stage of her career gave Nadia von Magdenko an “insider’s perspective” into the tactics that insurance companies use to avoid settling personal injury claims. Her clients cite her knowledge and experience as key factors that prompt them to refer friends who are in need of a personal injury attorney. Her reviews also call her “a strong advocate” who “fights for her clients.”
Von Magdenko graduated from UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law in 2000. She has received a Top 10 Attorney Award from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and a Client’s Choice Award from Avvo. She is a member of Citizens for Justice and of the Nevada Justice Association.
Von Magdenko’s office is in Las Vegas (702-385-1600). Her Avvo rating is 9.8.
Charlie Donahue uses the skills he learned at the famed Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College to represent clients in serious personal injury and medical malpractice cases. His designation by the Spence College as a “Warrior for Justice” is reflected in his Avvo client reviews. The first principle Spence teaches is the importance of knowing the client as a person so that juries will understand the impact of an injury on that person’s life. Donahue’s clients say that he does that with a caring and attentive approach to representation that results in substantial settlements and verdicts.
Donahue graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1983. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and of the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association.
Donahue’s office is in Keene (844-899-9845). His Avvo rating is 9.9.
Growing up in a family of lawyers that include his grandfather, father, and uncle, Thomas F. Shebell, III learned that lawyers can make a difference by fighting for the underdog in medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Shebell’s clients praise the third generation lawyer for taking difficult cases that other lawyers reject. They are also pleased with Shebell’s ability to make intelligent decisions that guide them to satisfying results.
Shebell earned his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University in 1991. He furthered his trial skills by attending the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. He is certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Shebell has been recognized by Super Lawyers and was included in the National Trial Lawyers’ list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and several other professional organizations.
Shebell’s firm, Shebell & Shebell LLC, is in Shrewsbury (732-312-5336). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
A former state representative in the New Mexico House of Representatives, Mark Caruso has turned his attention from politics to the representation of clients in personal injury cases. In addition to vehicular accidents and medical malpractice cases, he handles pharmaceutical cases, particularly those involving clients who have been injured by diet drugs. Clients appreciate the tough approach he takes toward negotiation with insurance adjusters. They say that Caruso is committed to assuring that they receive a fair recovery.
Caruso is a 1982 graduate of the Pepperdine University School of Law. He has won Client Distinction Awards from Martindale-Hubbell/Lawyers.com and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is licensed to practice in California as well as New Mexico.
Caruso’s office is in Albuquerque (505-404-6489). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Joseph G. Dell’s practice is devoted exclusively to the representation of clients in personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability cases. Many of Dell’s Avvo reviews are from clients who had unhappy experiences with other lawyers before turning to Dell to complete their cases. His clients are impressed by his work ethic, his attention to detail, and his ability to move cases forward until they are resolved.
Dell received his law degree from St John’s University School of Law in 1991. He has been named a Super Lawyer, was included in the 2013 New York Magazine list of Top 100 Verdicts/Settlements, and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a member and a former director of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Dell is a founding partner of Dell & Dean, PLLC, in Garden City (516-880-9700). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
John M. McCabe grew disenchanted the insurance industry when, early in his career, he defended insurance companies. He realized that he would more ably serve the cause of justice by representing victims who are injured by the negligence of drivers, doctors, and product manufacturers. McCabe’s Avvo reviews speak about his passion for justice, his unwavering commitment to his clients, and his meticulous attention to detail. Clients also extoll his honesty and his willingness to take on big companies and their insurers.
McCabe graduated from the Campbell University School of Law in 1994. He was named to the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Lawyers in America, has been included regularly in the American Trial Lawyers Association’s list of Top 100 Lawyers in America, and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer. He is the chair of the Auto Torts Executive Committee of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and is a member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.
McCabe’s office is in Cary (919-666-6310). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Marc David Lenahan helps severely injured clients in both North Dakota and Texas. His clients have often experienced catastrophic injuries due to collisions with big rigs, toxic chemical exposure, and dangerous equipment. He travels to the client rather than insisting that they travel to his office. Lenahan’s Avvo reviews state that he is a skilled negotiator, an efficient litigator, and a dedicated professional.
Lenahan graduated from the Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law in 1998. He is regularly listed as a Super Lawyer and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He also belongs to the American Association for Justice and a number of other professional organizations.
Lenahan’s North Dakota office is in Minot (877-990-3736). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Medical malpractice, construction accidents, and collisions with commercial trucks are significant components of Steve Crandall’s personal injury practice. Successful results are the common theme in Crandall’s Avvo reviews. His clients attribute their satisfying verdicts and settlements to Crandall’s careful preparation, his ability to find respected expert witnesses to support his clients, and his confident attitude.
Crandall graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1994. He is a board certified civil trial specialist. Cleveland Magazine named him a Top 5 lawyer in Cleveland while Super Lawyers consistently ranks him in the Top 100 Ohio attorneys. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum and is on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Crandall’s firm is CPW Law, LLC in Chagrin Falls (844-279-2889). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Patrick Wandres is a trial lawyer who devotes most of his practice to personal injuries that arise from car, truck, bicycle, and boating accidents. His clients respect him because he is trustworthy, knowledgeable, and attentive to their needs. Wandres was once an Eagle Scout and his reviews suggest that he still adheres to the Scout Promise to help other people at all times.
The University of Oklahoma College Of Law gave Wandres’ his law degree in 2006. Wandres has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and is on the National Trial Lawyers Association list of Top 40 Under 40. He belongs to the Oklahoma Association for Justice and the Cherokee Nation Bar Association.
Wandres is a partner in the Tulsa firm Wandres Law P.C. (918-921-8809). His Avvo rating is 9.9.
Jennifer Coughlin represents victims of motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and sexual assaults. She views negotiation as both an art and a skill. Her Avvo reviews attribute her ability to negotiate favorable settlements to her outstanding ability to communicate, both with and on behalf of her clients. The reviews note that she loves her job as well as the challenge of seeking justice for injury victims. Clients also appreciate her willingness to help them even if they do not have a “big dollar” case.
Coughlin graduated from Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School in 2006. Super Lawyers named her a Rising Star and the Cascade Business News listed her as an Accomplished Business Leader Under 40. Coughlin is a Guardian Member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.
Coughlin’s is a partner in Brothers, Hawn & Coughlin, LLP, located in Bend (541-382-5885). Her Avvo rating is 10.0.
Judy Greenwood began her career as a public interest lawyer. Now she serves the public by helping victims of medical malpractice, with a particular emphasis on birth injuries. Greenwood’s clients consider her to be a caring advocate for justice who handles sensitive issues with sympathy and compassion. Her Avvo reviews say that Greenwood keeps her clients fully informed and works hard to protect their interests.
Greenwood earned her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1975. She was named one of the Top Lawyers of Pennsylvania by the National Law Journal, one of the Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast by Arrive Magazine, and one of the Top 100 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Greenwood is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Justice and the Women’s Law Project.
Greenwood’s law firm is in Philadelphia (215-557-7500). Her Avvo rating is 10.0.
Mike Bottaro has spent his entire professional career representing personal injury victims. Many of his Avvo reviews are from clients who felt bullied by insurance adjusters until Battaro and his staff gave them peace of mind by handling all aspects of their claims. Clients say Bottaro works tirelessly to obtain fair settlements.
Bottaro graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2000. Super Lawyers repeatedly named him a Medical Malpractice Rising Star and Martindale-Hubbell gave him its highest rating. Bottaro is on the Board of Governors of the Rhode Island Association for Justice.
Bottaro’s law office is in Cranston (401-383-5007). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
In addition to handling personal injury and products liability cases, Kenneth Harrell assists employees who were injured at work with their workers compensation claims. Clients appreciate his dedication and feel that he is giving them his undivided attention. Several reviewers mention that Harrell made them feel like they were his only client. Avvo reviews also stress Harrell’s honesty and integrity.
Harrell attended law school at the College of William and Mary, graduating in 1988. He was named of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in South Carolina by the American Trial Lawyers Association and has been honored as a Super Lawyer. Harrell belongs to the South Carolina Association for Justice and is a past president of the Injured Workers’ Advocates.
Harrell practices with the Joye Law Firm, LLP in Charleston (843-554-3100). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
No South Dakota personal injury attorney with client reviews has been rated “superb” by Avvo, but Bob Moore, with a rating of “excellent,” meets all the other criteria for inclusion in this article. After beginning his career as an insurance defense lawyer, Moore’s firm decided in the 1980s to limit its practice to the pursuit of justice for personal injury victims. Clients cite Moore’s experience and reliability as their reasons for recommending his services to other personal injury victims.
Moore graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1971. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and the National Trial Lawyers named him a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in 2012. He is a member of South Dakota Trial Lawyers.
Moore Faust Injury Law Group is based in Rapid City (605-343-4357). Moore’s Avvo rating is 8.1.
Impressed by the lawyer who battled to secure the compensation that his injured father deserved, Rocky McElhaney decided at a young age that he wanted to help ordinary people fight against powerful insurance companies. He handles a variety of personal injury cases as well as workers compensation and social security disability claims. His clients enjoy watching his aggressive efforts to defend their right to compensation. They say that McElhaney practices law for their benefit and always puts the interest of his clients ahead of his own.
McElhaney is a 1999 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. The National Trial Lawyers Association has repeatedly included him in its list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers and in its list of Top 40 Under 40. He has also been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. McElhaney serves on the executive committee of the Tennessee Association for Justice and is on the board of directors of the Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
McElhaney’s office is in Nashville (615-541-1901). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Mario de la Garza represents victims of catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and deaths caused by trucking accidents, industrial accidents, medical malpractice, and other acts of negligence. His Avvo reviews paint the picture of a caring and concerned lawyer. Clients praise de la Garza’s courtroom skills and demeanor, including his ability to make jurors understand the pain his clients have endured.
After graduating from Harvard, de la Garza attended the Northwestern University School of Law, where he earned a law degree in 2003. He has been named one of Houston’s top personal injury lawyers by Houstonia Magazine and by H-Texas Magazine. He was also named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. De la Garza is on the advisory board of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston and belongs to several other organizations, including the Houston Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.
De la Garza practices law in Houston with Tucker, Barnes, Garcia & de la Garza, P.C. (713-766-5783). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
In addition to serving the public as an elected representative in the Utah House of Representatives, Michael K. McKell devotes most of his law practice to helping personal injury victims and injured workers. McKell’s Avvo reviews indicate that clients have repeatedly referred their friends to McKell when they need personal injury representation. Clients characterize McKell as “extremely honest” and “a straight shooter.”
McKell graduated from the University of Ohio Law School in 2005. He was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and was included in the Utah Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine. McKell serves on the Board of Governors of the Utah Association for Justice.
McKell’s firm, McKell Christiansen Wise, PLLC, is based in Spanish Fork (801-798-9000). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
David I. Schoen has spent more than three decades representing personal injury victims in a wide range of cases, including medical malpractice, products liability, skiing accidents, and collisions. He attributes his success to his willingness to take cases to trial when insurance companies are being unreasonable. According to his Avvo reviews, clients respect his tenacity and are impressed by his ability to obtain substantial compensation after other attorneys advised them to accept minimal settlements.
Schoen graduated from Western New England College School of Law in 1979. He has been listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. Schoen received the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell and the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO.
Schoen’s office is in West Windsor (802-230-4193). His Avvo rating is 9.9.
Kevin Duffan devotes his practice exclusively to the representation of injury victims with an emphasis on medical malpractice. His clients comment that he treats them as individuals, respects their right to make decisions about their case, and keeps them updated about the progress of their cases. They also report that Duffan works tirelessly to achieve good results.
Duffan obtained his law degree from William & Mary Law School in 2004. Super Lawyers designated him as a Rising Star and the National Trial Lawyers placed him on its list of Top 40 Under 40. Among other professional organizations, Duffan belongs to the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.
Duffan practices with Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan in Hampton (757-788-8162). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Although she got her start as a real estate lawyer, Shelly K. Speir found her calling in 2000 when she joined a firm that emphasizes personal injury litigation, including burn injuries and brain injuries. Her Avvo reviews mention her down-to-earth attitude, her attention to her clients’ needs, and her professionalism. Clients also respect her fearlessness and strength as a litigator.
Speir graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in 1997. Seattle Met Magazine recognized her as one of the Top Attorneys in Washington. Speir has also earned a Super Lawyers designation. Speir serves on the board of the Washington State Association for Justice.
Speir practices with Troup, Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy, Durkin & Speir, Inc., P.S. in Tacomah (253-564-2111). Her Avvo rating is 10.0.
Former insurance defense attorney Jeffery L. Robinette devotes part of his practice to suing insurance companies that refuse to pay the legitimate claims of the people they insure. The majority of his practice consists of helping personal injury victims recover compensation from insurance companies. Clients are impressed with his courtroom expertise and his commitment to achieving the best outcome. Avvo reviewers also comment upon his kindness and sensitivity.
Robinette received his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1991. He is board certified in trial advocacy and was recognized as one of the Top 2 Percent of Lawyers Nationwide by the American Society of Legal Advocates. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and of the Brain Injury Association of West Virginia.
Robinette is the founder of the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, based in Morgantown (877-271-5924). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Joseph M. Troy began his career as a personal injury lawyer before being elected as a circuit court judge. He later left the bench to become a partner in a personal injury law firm. His clients commend his knowledge and experience, particularly in making strategic decisions that are informed by his experience as a judge. Avvo reviewers also describe him as ethical, intelligent, empathetic and hard-working. One client said that he had lost hope in the legal system before finding Troy.
Troy earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1980. He was rated one of the Top Attorneys in Wisconsin by Milwaukee Magazine and was named a Top Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association. He serves on the board of directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin Litigation Section.
Troy is based in the Appleton office of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. (920-843-9286). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
Although he also handles civil rights cases, the majority of Tyson Logan’s litigation practice is devoted to personal injury and wrongful death cases, including railroad accidents and oil field explosions. On Avvo, Logan’s clients talk about how he relieves their stress by assuring that they are thoroughly prepared to testify in depositions and trials or to participate in mediation. His clients say he is a great communicator and a true professional.
Logan was named a Mountain States Rising Star by Super Lawyers and was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial lawyers. He is a member of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.
Logan is a partner in the The Spence Law Firm, LLC, in Jackson (307-733-7290). His Avvo rating is 10.0.
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