Choosing a personal injury attorney from among the thousands of lawyers in California is a daunting task.
Below are some objective questions we recommend asking every lawyer you’re considering to represent you. Our responses are in italics.
What is your record of verdicts and settlements for your clients?
Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen has recovered $500 million for its clients since the firm was founded, and over $400 million in the last ten years alone. If a firm has never had a verdict over $1 million, they will never be taken as seriously by the insurance companies as a firm that routinely wins million-dollar verdicts.
How many years of experience do you have?
Our attorneys have over 25 years of experience, and they have appeared in both California State and Federal Courts.
Have you been rated by Martindale-Hubbell? If so, what is your rating?
Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen is AV-rated (highest rating), which places us in the top 5% of all law firms nationwide. We’re also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. (The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Network evaluates lawyers and law firms in the United States and Canada based upon peer review.)
What percentage of your practice is devoted to personal injury?
100% of our practice is devoted to personal injury–representing injured clients is our only priority. (Many law firms practice personal injury law only part time, as part of a general practice that might also include divorce, criminal defense, and other unrelated fields.
Do other attorneys rely on you for expertise?
The partners at GJEL have educated hundreds of California lawyers. In addition, lawyers throughout the state refer major injury cases (that they are not able to handle) to our firm.
What is your fee structure?
We operate on contingency, which means you pay us nothing unless we win or settle your case.
What law school did you attend?
The attorneys at Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen attended some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, including Stanford, Boalt Hall School of Law at UC-Berkeley, and the University of Chicago.
Who at your firm will be working on my case?
At Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen, a partner will always work on your case. Helping every client is important to us, and we maintain small a small caseload to ensure that each case receives individual attention.
How accessible are you to your clients?
GJEL strives to be within easy reach for all of our clients. If you call between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm on weekdays, you’ll always speak to a live receptionist who will assist you with your inquiry. In most cases, a weekend e-mail will be answered before Monday morning. We have branch offices located throughout California to meet with clients and to take depositions. And we have a full-time messenger who will come to you if you are injured or are otherwise unable to come to one of our offices.
Why Hiring a Nationally-Ranked Law Firm Matters
Insurance companies are well aware of the reputation of every law firm they deal with. The skill and reputation of the law firm is directly related to the amount of money the insurance company offers to settle any given case. The lawyers of GJEL Accident Attorneys have been honored by inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers Northern California, and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Insurance companies are also more likely to settle much more quickly with a top-flight law firm. If they know that the firm is sophisticated, aggressive, and likely to get a major result, they would just as soon resolve it sooner rather than later. We have recovered over $500 Million for our clients over the years. These results are the product of experience, reputation, technical skill and extraordinary staff support. We welcome prospective clients to view our verdicts and settlements, and compare them with the verdicts and settlements of other firms.
Why Experience Matters
Having handled major cases in the plaintiff’s personal injury field for over 25 years, there is virtually no situation the lawyers of Gillin, Jacobson, Ellis & Larsen have not come up against. GJEL Accident Attorneys have won numerous cases against virtually every automobile insurance company operating in California. This means that the insurance companies realize that if they don’t settle the case quickly, fairly, and for top dollar, they are going to find themselves in a court room against a law firm that has a winning track record.