Book Reviews

Trial Magazine Cover June 2012To read the book review by Douglass F. Noland which appeared in the June 2012 issue of Trial, click here.
To read the book review by Morris H. Rosenberg which appeared in the March 2012 issue of WAJ Trial News, click here.
To read the book review by Harmon S. Graves which appeared in the May 2012 issue of Colorado Lawyer, click here.
To read the book review by Jeffrey Isaac Ehrlich which appeared in the April 2012 issue of Advocate Magazine, click here.

“I have been an active plaintiffs’ lawyer for well over 40 years and having managed and run my own highly specialized plaintiffs personal injury/civil litigation firm for over 35 years. I fully understand the business end of running a successful plaintiffs’ contingent fee law firm. However, it has taken me a long time to fully understand the successful strategy of financing such a firm. I know the same is true of many of my colleagues. We are a lot more interested in practicing law than running a small business.

“That is exactly why every lawyer who works on contingent-fee litigation cases must read Michael J. Swanson’s new book, How David Beats Goliath. It is a book written by a financing expert in contingency fee litigation and there are very few people in our industry who have his expertise. This book will help you avoid the mistakes so many of us have made over the years in financing our business by using wrong and inefficient funding.

“I have to admit a bias in this recommendation. I have successfully dealt with Mike and his firm, Advocate Capital, for many years. I have strongly recommended their business in the past and continue to do so. It is one of the few plaintiff funding organizations left that can honestly, ethically, and expertly help us finance our own cases. However, whether you have worked with Advocate Capital or not, Mike Swanson’s book is a must read. I give it the very highest recommendation.”

J. Gary Gwilliam, Esq.
Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer, Attorneys at Law
Oakland, California

“A must read for any plaintiffs’ law firm. Mike Swanson lays out in a clear and concise manner the various avenues available for financing high stakes cases in today’s ever-challenging litigation world.”

Steven R. Cavalli, Esq.
Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer, Attorneys at Law
Oakland, California

“This is a must read for any trial lawyer who wants to run a profitable law firm. Mike Swanson has taken some really complicated accounting and finance principles and broken it down to where any lawyer or person can understand them. But Mike even goes further and shows you how to apply them to your law firm. Applying the sound advice from this book will help you create a financially sound and stable law firm. I wish this was available when I opened my first law firm.”

Kenneth L. Hardison, Partner
Hardison & Cochran, PLLC
Raleigh, North Carolina

“I went to law school to be a trial lawyer not an accountant. This book relieves you of the worries of cash flow so that you can practice law and not bookkeeping. The insurance industry has all the money. This book tells you how to even the playing field, and provides a financial roadmap for any size law firm to successful cash flow. Read How David Beats Goliath and stop defense firms and insurance companies from financially and emotionally wearing us down.”

David J. Hoey
Law Offices of David J. Hoey, P.C.

“I want to thank you for taking the time to write this appropriately titled book. The Trial Bar and the general public owe you a great deal of gratitude for taking what is a very complicated element of our practices and making it more easily understood. In that process, your book demonstrates a major risk faced by trial lawyers who gladly put their own assets at risk, everyday, for the people that they represent.”

Cooper Knowles
Andrews, Knowles & Princenthal, LLC
Atlanta, GA

“Those who face Goliath in the courtroom know all too well the challenges faced by victims of negligence and corporate malfeasance. The deck is and always has been stacked in favor of monied interests, including the insurance industry attorneys we face in every case. Courageous contingency fee attorneys invest not only their time, but their assets, in pursuing justice on behalf of those we represent. We are often massively outspent by those we challenge. The ability to have assistance with the funding of cases is truly a game changing innovation. This book describes the real life drama faced by individuals and the attorneys who represent them. I salute Advocate Capital, and recommend this book to all practitioners who toil in the trenches on behalf of those we represent.”

Robert Cartwright
The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

“Mike, you have hit it on the head with this book! Our freedoms and constitution will soon be hanging by a thread if the trend continues.”

Mitchell Jensen
Siegfried & Jensen, P.C.
Murray, UT



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