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Receiving Outstanding Service Award

Receiving the Outstanding Service to the Bar Award as a Georgia Personal Injury Trial Attorney

Kevin Patrick received the Outstanding Service to the Bar Award at the annual meeting of the State Bar of Georgia. Service to others is an integral part of the legal profession. As a personal injury trial lawyer in Georgia, I, likewise, firmly believe in the importance of service.  Kevin Patrick Law serves injured clients. The firm also serves to the State Bar of Georgia.

Engagement in the State Bar of Georgia as a Personal Injury Trial Lawyer

First of all, one of the hallmarks of my firm’s injury practice is cultivating meaningful professional relationships. These relationship are forged with other Georgia lawyers and members of the judiciary. We all serve the State Bar of Georgia. By engaging in the bar as a personal injury lawyer, I found that it not only helps my client’s injury cases, but also elevates my firm’s stature in the Georgia legal community. Fellow Georgia lawyers and judges know that my firm only takes legitimate personal injury cases in Georgia. Furthermore, my firm handles personal injury cases the “right way.” High ethical and professional standards are paramount to Kevin Patrick Law.  Simply put, you won’t see Kevin Patrick Law running adds on TV or using paid actors to tout personal injury settlements.

Reflections on the Outstanding Service to the Bar Award

When I received the Outstanding Service Award from the State Bar, the award reaffirmed my commitment to the Georgia legal profession. Next, I looked-up the definition of service. Service means actively helping or doing work for someone. Just as Kevin Patrick Law strives to actively help our personal injury clients, I strive to engage actively in the State Bar of Georgia. For example, Georgia Bar activities include teaching incoming law students about professional responsibility. There is also mentoring for younger Georgia lawyers. Most importantly, I am a resource for community service projects. I like volunteering at shelters and food banks. While the award is a culmination of over a decade in practice, I firmly believe as a Georgia trial lawyer that service never stops. I look forward to many more years of service to the legal profession in Georgia.

A Personal Injury Success Story for a Georgia Army Veteran after an Automobile Accident

Helping a Georgia Army Veteran in a Personal Injury Case after an Automobile Accident

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a personal injury trial attorney in Atlanta, Georgia is the unique ability to help others that have been hurt in automobile accidents. We especially like to help veterans of the armed services because of their sacrifices to our country.  (Check out another one of our stories here.) As a Georgia lawyer, I truly recognize the difficulty that being in automobile accident places on a person’s life.  For example, there can be mounting medical bills. Injured people also may need future medical treatment. There additionally is just the interference with daily life after a car accident. Despite these challenges of being hurt in a car accident, I am sharing with you one of our success stories from an automobile accident trial we had back in March.

Background to the Automobile Collision

Our client is a former Army veteran.  He was born in New York , but grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Simply put, a great guy! One thing that is near and dear to him along with his family in Georgia are Atlanta sports teams. When our client was driving to the Atlanta Hawks’ first round playoff game back in 2015, a car pulled out in front of him on Northside Drive. It was a bad auto-accident. The Atlanta Police Department and the paramedics came to the scene after the accident. As you can see too, car wreck caused a lot of damage to our client’s vehicle because the airbags deployed right after the collision:

A picture showing the airbag after our client has an automobile accident in Georgia.

The airbag deployed after the automobile accident.

Medical Treatment after the Car Accident

Our client was taken to the hospital by ambulance given the seriousness of the automobile accident. He was triaged at the hospital after the wreck and then had some follow-up care with doctors.  Medical treatment after an automobile accident oftentimes includes physical therapy, electrical stimulation, hot/cold therapy, and sometimes other procedures and surgery.  In our personal injury case, the treatment lasted a few months. Our client fortunately had a pretty good recovery after the car crash. There, nevertheless, was some lingering pain in his neck and back from the accident.

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Georgia

The insurance company, however, didn’t take responsibility on behalf of their driver for causing this car wreck. It was sure disappointing for our client. But fortunately though, we have a great system of justice for personal injury cases in Georgia. So next, we filed a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver in Georgia. Once again, the other driver didn’t take responsibility for the car accident, but rather, this time the driver blamed it on “John Doe.” During the civil process for a personal injury case in Georgia, we have discovery. The parties in the case exchange information about the car accident. We were able to establish that “John Doe” didn’t contribute whatsoever to the collision!

Personal Injury Jury Trial & Automobile Accident Verdict

The insurance company eventually made it very low settlement offer to resolve our client’s personal injury case. Fortunately though, our client had the courage reject this settlement offer for his auto-accident. We decided to take his Georgia injury case all the way to trial before a jury. I told our client that he served our country. There’s no way we would ever sell him short for his bodily injury settlement. This accident case ultimately went to a civil jury trial in Fulton County. The Georgia jury listened attentively to our client’s story. And then, the jury came back with the verdict in our client’s favor!

Interestingly, Georgia personal injury law allows us  to move for a second trial right after the first to see whether or not the insurance company’s position were indeed frivolous. The judge rightly allowed us to present evidence of all their denials, defenses, and delays. The jury didn’t deliberate long about attorney’s fees under Georgia law. The jury’s verdict form said, “Give him everything that he asked for.”  They too were frustrated by the failure by the defense to take responsibility for the automobile accident. The jury, nevertheless, was instructed to put in the exact number amount on the verdict form, but had a hard time remembering the amount of attorney’s fees so we eventually settled for a confidential amount with the insurance company. All is well that ends well…

Donating Our Attorney’s Fees to Recognize Georgia Veterans

Instead of keeping the Georgia attorney’s fees from the automobile accident case, we thought the right thing to do would be to donate these fees on behalf of our client. He is reenlisting in the service. There is a Veteran’s Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. They are building a Veterans Memorial Bell too. We thought — What better way we thought to recognize our client than to donate the attorney’s fees for this bell honoring his and other’s military service?  So on Memorial Day, we officially donated our attorney’s fees from this personal injury case to the this organization.

We’re so proud to represent a member of the armed services in his personal injury case. Our client can now reenlist knowing that his country and our judicial system remains strong and values his sacrifice and commitment our country. To all members of the armed services, all of us at Kevin Patrick Law are grateful for your service and sacrifice to our country. Be safe and know that you always have a friend and resource in me as a Georgia trial lawyer.

Volunteering for the High School Mock Trial Competition National Championships

Volunteering to Help Aspiring Young Lawyers in Georgia

The practice of law and being a lawyer goes well beyond the courtroom (or in some cases actually going back to the courtroom to help aspiring young lawyers). Georgia hosted the High School Mock Trial Program’s National Championships on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Athens. As a Atlanta personal injury lawyer, it was really exciting to see teams from all across the country get-together here in Georgia for this annual competition.  Great to see these aspiring lawyers!!! As a Georgia Bulldog myself, I especially enjoyed in visiting campus, the Classic Center, and Athens-Clarke County courthouse, especially since we recently had a jury trial there.

Reflections as a Georgia Trial Lawyer

Not only was volunteering really rewarding on a professional level as a personal injury trial lawyer, but also it brought back so many fond memories of my high school days, which was almost 20 years ago. I remember during my junior and senior years at the Walker School participating in the very same mock trial program. It helped me decide to be a trial lawyer. Looking back, there were so many judges and attorneys that volunteered their time to teach us about becoming a successful advocate, comfortable in court, and instilling faith in our legal system.  I always want to return the favor each year by volunteering for as a judge/juror/evaluator for this program.

Great Experience as a Personal Injury Attorney

These students are truly gifted advocates!  Each team prepares opening statements. After that, there are direct and cross examinations of witnesses, and then closing arguments. In addition, the attorneys also learn to field objections and interpose objections of their own in court.  Another exciting aspect of the program is that students also serve as witnesses. They really get into their characters!! By watching them, I, similarly, learned too. I’ll be sure to use some of their techniques next time (probably tomorrow) I’m litigating one of my personal injury cases.

To learn more about the program, here’s the link to it.

Congratulations on a job well done to all the students!!

In sum, if you have any questions about our practice, which is personal injury in the Atlanta area, or know of any high school students aspiring to become lawyers in Georgia. It doesn’t just have to be personal injury ;-). Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my firm. Above all, we truly hope to do our part to make ourselves a welcoming and supportive part of the community.

Thanks again for reading our blog, and Go Dawgs!!

We’re featured in the Wall Street Journal!

We were featured in the Wall Street Journal about the balancing compassion and professionalism with our clients, especially since we meet people under difficult circumstances.

Here’s our quote:

Attorney Kevin Patrick say that his specialty in personal injury cases warrants the more-than-occasional hug. “We’ll often encounter clients that are facing very tough and painful circumstances,” he says.  “I used to take the position that hugging was inappropriate at work, but now our firm gives a fair amount of discretion. We want to be seen as compassionate and sympathetic because we are. A hug is a sign that we care about our  clients.”  That said, Mr. Patrick and his colleagues adhere to a rule: Don’t initiate. “If a client hugs us,” he says, “then we will embrace them back.”

We hope you enjoyed the article! As always, we’re here to help and don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an e-mail.

Getting Involved in the Legal Profession in Georgia

Our past few blog posts have focused on legal topics and advice, but the profession extends well-beyond the courtroom. Professional engagement is very important to us. I am the editor for the Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. A younger colleague of ours wrote a very engaging article for our newsletter. We wanted to share it with you on our blog too!  (It’s also hard to believe where the times goes because I’ve now been in practice for over a decade.) In any event, enjoy……

Professional Development as a Young Attorney

Career trajectory is a constant thought for young professionals entering the legal field.   One way to combat those perpetual thoughts of wondering where you will be in the next couple of years is to start with the end goal in mind. Consider the legacy you would like to leave behind when you decide to retire the suit jacket for flip-flops and sand castles.   A simple question to ask yourself is whether you would like to be remembered as the lawyer that passed the bar and no one ever heard of again, or one that showed their zest to give back through getting involved and staying involved throughout the legal community.

We all know how important it is to be responsible for your career after graduating law school and passing the bar.  However, that involves more than landing a job and getting settled in.  While it is important to find employment and gain as many valuable skills as possible, it is equally important to involve yourself in activities outside of work that align with your interest.  As young professionals, we tend to focus our attention heavily on becoming great lawyers. We make a great effort to be the first ones to arrive at work and the last ones to leave.  Newly admitted attorneys and recent graduates must also understand the value and importance of involvement outside of your job.

As a young professional, getting involved can be somewhat frightening.  You may feel as though your lack of experience somehow deems you unqualified. There may be confusion about who to ask or where to go, but I can assure you that there’s an organization or committee suitable to your interest.  Typically, an organization’s website will list their upcoming events and board member’s contact information. I challenge anyone looking to become involved to attend at least one event per month before settling on not becoming involved at all. The last event I attended was for informational purposes only, however, I was unexpectedly invited to become a member of the executive committee.  Things manage to happen when you put yourself in the right place at the right time.

Becoming involved, as a young professional, could mean a number of things depending upon whom you are speaking with.  Your association does not have to be limited to legal organizations. It may involve becoming a committee member on a local school board, fine art society or even grass roots organizations in your community. It could be as simple as reaching out to individuals on professional social sites to meet for coffee or attending local or state bar events.

Also, there are many organizations and bar associations that are involved in the efforts to improve diversity and equality in the legal field that may be of interest to new lawyers.   There are many organizations that offer free training and webinars to lawyers that are free of charge.

Another benefit of getting involved as a new lawyer is the ability to connect with people that are further along in their careers than you or practicing in an area of law that may align with your career goals.  It is a great pleasure to speak with senior attorneys and mid to junior level attorneys that can warn of the pitfalls and how to avoid making certain mistakes.  Whether you are interested in finding a mentor, attending a happy hour, or listening to a panel discussion, I can assure you that there is an organization awaiting you with open arms.  

More importantly, the best part of getting involved as a young lawyer is that you might have the opportunity to help someone in need of your services.  It has been a great pleasure of mine to volunteer with organizations that provide legal services to the underprivileged to help them navigate the legal system. Also, the Georgia bar urges all lawyers to provide at least 50 hours annually of pro bonowork to low income Georgians.  I believe that there is no better way to complete your hours than by dedicating your time and service to an organization that is committed to giving back to those in need.

Finally, my hope is that all of my fellow young professionals will join at least one local or state bar organization and become an active member. Attend events and rest assured that any organization or association’s most valuable assets are its members.  It is through you that all things are possible!

As always, please consider us a resource and friend whether you a young professional, attorney, or just have a question about the law here in Georgia. We’re happy to help! My contact is kevin@patricktriallaw.com or (404) 566-8964.

Another nice article…

We’ll keep this blog post short and sweet:

There’s been another nice article about our firm and my memories of getting started several years ago…

After working at a large law firm for several years, I began to get the ‘itch’ and had an entrepreneurial spirit. I decided to start my own practice at 31. My wife and I had a three-month-old son. At first, it was pretty scary because I left without any cases and had a fair amount of start-up costs. All this being said, three years later, I couldn’t be happier.

Thanks for including our thoughts about starting a law firm @MyCorporation! Check out all of the other stories here!

One Sentence Rules for Success!

We were thrilled to find out that we were featured as one of the entrepreneurs and impactors in The Startup digital newsletter.  It is truly the little things (or perhaps big things), like showing up on time, focusing on our job, and staying positive, in the practice of law and life too that matter and have a great impact on our clients. We hope you’ll get a chance to check out all of other contributions from people in all different business about their one sentence rules for success — A lot of great content. Thanks again for including us!

A thank you note…

As attorneys, we truly have the ability to affect the lives of others. So often, it is easy to overlook the fact that the legal process is unfamiliar to many clients even though we handle these issues on a daily basis. Our firm received a thank you note from a client the other day, and it reaffirmed the importance of our job of helping Georgia families in personal injury cases:

Hi Kevin,
I wanted to personally thank you for all that you did. I really appreciate the customer service and staying connected with me through the latter part of the case process. You handle personal injury cases all day but for the client it’s once every twenty years or more. So therefore we need to know and understand the process as much as possible.

Continue with that and be successful. Thank you for what you’ve done for me and my daughter

At Kevin Patrick Law, we care deeply about our clients. One of our main goals is making sure that we keep everyone up-to-date and informed throughout the process. It’s your case, and we work for you! Importantly, there’s no such thing as a silly question. If you or a loved one has been hurt and needs an attorney, please contact us at kevin@patricktriallaw.com or (404) 566-5880.

 

 

The Importance of a Right to a Trial by Jury

          Congratulations to Dillan and Isaiah! They were the winners of the 2016 Kevin Patrick Law Essay Contest. This year’s topic was “Why is the right to a trial by a jury of our peers such an important part of the Constitution?”  These two students offered wonderful insights into the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution. We are highlighting for you portions of their essays:

Dillan’s Essay

       The balancing act of justice. The Constitution of the United States of America was written in 1787 by 4 of 7 America’s founding fathers. And they were Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. One of the founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, came to America alone at the age of 15.       

         Sixth Amendment guarantees a cluster of rights designed to make criminal prosecutions more accurate and fair under the law. The institutions of American criminal justice have changed to an extent that is clearly noticeable over the past several centuries, forcing courts to consider how old rights apply to new institutions and procedures. At that time there were local sheriffs but no professionalized police forces; instead ordinary men took turns serving as a peace officer with limited policing authority, typically in a small town.

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          Jury service is the most common way in which citizens are able to have a direct role in our country’s judicial process. 

Isaiah’s Essay

          A jury of one’s peers does not mean a black defendant must be tried by a black jury or a female defendant must be tried by an woman panel. The objective is to select an impartial jury from a randomly selected juror pool who will be fair, listen to the facts of the case, and render and just verdict based on the evidence.

          Serving on a jury is the most direct and impactful way for citizens to connect to the constitution. It is more active and participatory than voting. Citizens can help perpetuate our system of laws, and stabilize our democracy. For a jury pool, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that courts may not remove a potential juror based solely on his or her race or gender.

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       At Kevin Patrick Law, we believe that our work extends well-beyond the courtroom. We strive to be part of the community. If we can ever assist you or your organization, then please feel free to get in touch with us at kevin@patricktriallaw.com or (404) 566-8964.         

The Basic Principles of Kevin Patrick Law

As an experienced and respected Georgia personal injury attorney, I devote my practice to helping individuals and families throughout the state. I handle wrongful death and other serious injuries, as well as trucking and automobile accidents. You are not alone. Along with these types of cases, a particular area of focus for me is daycare abuse cases. I am the father of a four month old son. I firmly believe that the young, who are sometimes the most vulnerable, deserve to be treated with the highest level of care and support. The practice of law is more than a job to me. I am committed to preserving the constitutional right to a trial by jury and ensuring equal justice for all people in our community. To this end, I am admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Georgia, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and all other state and federal courts in Georgia.

I founded Kevin Patrick Law with four guiding principles:

Cases involve real people:

Your case is not just another file. I will always make the time to meet with you in person about your case. I want to make sure your family knows just how important they are to my practice. Your child will also get a stuffed-animal. Other firms use investigators to assess your case, but here you will actually get to talk to an attorney. I am happy to come to see you and your family at your home, the hospital, or even a favorite restaurant. You will be treated like close friends and family.

There is no substitute for hard work:

Advertisements on the television and radio promise easy solutions and quick-fixes. I don’t take shortcuts with your case. Hard work is the key to a successful case and firm. In fact, I only take a select number of cases in order to meticulously prepare each one for trial. Other attorneys recognize that I am willing to go the extra mile for my clients, which in turn leads to better financial recoveries for you.

Watch-out for insurance companies:

After representing insurance companies and other large corporations for several years, I came to the stark realization that they put profits above people. Insurance companies intimidate and take advantage of good, hardworking people. Now that I understand these unfair tactics, I am able to protect you and your family by navigating around them to achieve maximum settlements.

Do the little things right:

You can expect that your phone calls and e-mails will be promptly returned by me. I ultimately work for you. It’s not uncommon for a client to call the office at 9:00 pm only to have me answer the phone. You matter!