About GJEL Accident Attorneys
As partner Andy Gillin is fond of saying, “We love fighting for the little guy.” We all began our careers in public service, and while the cases have gotten larger and more complex along the way, that hasn’t changed our firm’s focus.
The one-on-one relationship between attorney and client is truly important to GJEL. Unlike many other law firms, our discipline is to maintain a constant emphasis on quality over quantity. Catastrophic injury cases require extraordinary attention to detail. The only way to allow for that focus is to be extremely selective.
Our selectiveness allows us the time to work every aspect of the case and to develop a personal connection with you. That connection gives us extra fight and determination to overcome the deep resources that corporate defendants and insurance companies possess.
We return all phone calls immediately and solve every problem we can, whether it is directly related to the case or not. We maintain friendships with our clients long after we’ve won their cases.
- Over 99% success rate.
- Over $950 Million recovered for our clients from insurance companies and corporate defendants.
- Ranked among the top law firms nationwide by our peers.
- Respected and seen as a formidable opponent by insurance companies.
- Known for helping our clients with their medical, vehicle repair and replacement, rental car and other bills from day one.
- Our attorneys attended Stanford, the University of California, the University of Chicago, and other major universities.
- Experts in accident reconstruction.
- An authority for other firms and lawyers-noted for the speed and skill with which we resolve our clients’ cases.
- Free Consultations whenever and wherever is most convenient for our clients.
- Paid only upon the successful resolution of our clients’ cases-no up-front fees.
Our Experienced, Compassionate Staff
We help clients get back on their feet and get their lives back. People go through a lot when they sustain an injury, both emotionally and physically, and the number of medical specialists our clients see is often overwhelming.
Our clients also need help figuring out damage issues with their cars or motorcycles, they need help getting investigative reports and medical records, and oftentimes securing a rental vehicle. In general, our clients need help getting back on their feet and returning their lives to normal.
That’s where GJEL’s staff comes in. We let our clients focus on what is really important-their health. We set up appointments with doctors and medical specialists who will provide you with the absolute best care. We coordinate accident investigations. We communicate with your health insurance company. We follow up with the insurance company of the person who hit you, as well as your own car insurance company. In a nutshell, we handle all the details of your case, so that you can focus on your health and your family.
Every member of our staff is a humble, approachable, friendly, and compassionate person. From your first phone call or email to our office, I know you’ll have the same impression.
We welcome any and all questions about individual cases. Initial consultations are free, and if we can’t help you, we’ll do our best to direct you to additional legal resources. My staff, my partners, and I look forward to speaking with you.
Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis, Larsen & Lucey
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We Are An Award California Personal Injury Law Firm
GJEL Accident Attorneys was just rated a top personal injury law firm by Best Lawyers for 2021 and 2022. We have also recovered over $950 million dollars with a 99% success rate for victims who have been injured or killed in accidents.
A Brief History of GJEL Accident Attorneys
GJEL Accident Attorneys have a 99% success rate, are featured in the Best Lawyers in America, have been selected as California Super Lawyers, and are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell-but our firm comes from humble beginnings.
GJEL was founded by partners Andy Gillin and Ralph Jacobson in 1970’s. The two met in East Palo Alto working at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, a non-profit that provides free legal services to low-income people and their families. After becoming friends and working together for three years, they decided to form their own firm, and GJEL was born.
Andy and Ralph have always been committed to “fighting for the little guy,” and that hasn’t changed one bit over the years. The firm grew, and partners Luke Ellis, Jim Larsen, and Kristin Lucey joined the team. The cases have gotten bigger and more complex, but the firm still stands up for the rights of injured people against large insurance companies. All the attorneys are careful not to take on more cases than they can handle because building connections with clients and giving each case the full attention it deserves enables us to represent our clients in a more effective manner. Though GJEL could theoretically handle more cases, only so many cases can be handled the right way, and handling cases the right way is something we’re committed to, personally and professionally.
One of the advantages of practicing personal injury law is that it allows GJEL to take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not charge our clients until we win or settle their case. This structure is critical to the health of our legal process, because it allows individuals, no matter their income level, to take on major commercial enterprises and nation-wide insurance companies, even if they cannot afford the up-front cost of hiring a lawyer.
We’re committed to our clients and the Northern California communities in which they live and work. I encourage you to read some of the things our clients have had to say about us over the years-they offer the most insight into what it’s like working with GJEL. We hope you’ll never need an accident attorney, but we want you to know we’re here to help if you do. In the meantime, visit our blog often to find out what’s going on at GJEL and in the communities we serve.
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