Why Hire Phillips and Lyon?
Why should you hire Phillips and Lyon? Phillips and Lyon has been helping injury victims in Arizona for over 35 years. In some firms after you sign a retainer agreement your case is handled by an associate attorney or legal assistant. You may never have an opportunity to work with the most experienced attorneys in the firm. At Phillips and Lyon you only work with the experienced attorneys who will supervise every aspect of your claim. You will talk to Mr. Phillips or myself to discuss the strategy of your case and the problems that must be resolved during the course of our representation. We both have over 35 years of personal injury experience which makes a huge difference.
Why we limit our practice
At Phillips and Lyon we ONLY handle personal injury claims and ONLY on behalf of injured people. We do not represent insurance companies. Our resources and training is therefore concentrated in this one practice area which enables us to stay current with the latest innovations for personal injury practices and new legal precedents that may have a significant impact on your case..
In order to understand what represents a discounted fee, we should first discuss the mostly commonly charged fees among attorneys in the personal injury field. If you call around I think you will find the majority of law firms charge a contingent fee of 33%. Many firms raise their fee in the event your case does not settle and proceeds to litigation. The fee I have seen most in those instances is 40%. In addition to the legal fee is an expense called client costs. These are the expenses to prove your case such as, medical reports, investigation, court fees and the like. Most firms advance these expenses with the understanding that when the case is resolved the client, regardless of outcome, will reimburse the law firm.
At Phillips and Lyon we offer a discounted fee of 25% if you found us through the internet, and your case is settled without a lawsuit. In the event you instruct us to file suit our fee increases by 8%. Thus at Phillips and Lyon the initial fee is 25% and it may raise to 33% if litigation is commenced. Many firms begin at 33% and the fee increased to 40% in litigation. That is a big difference and big savings for our clients.
No lawyer can claim to have won every case that goes to litigation. What I can say about Phillips and Lyon, and I challenge other firms to compare is our success rate . Let me first define success. If an insurance company agrees to offer 25,000 and the case goes to court and you are awarded 20,000 that is a loss. I don’t care how you sugar coat it, that is loosing . Only when the award is greater than the highest offer made by the insurance company do we call that a win. At Phillips and Lyon in the last year we won over 85% of the time.
Remember, when you hire Phillips and Lyon you REALLY DO hire Gary and I.