For Chuck, the opportunity to leave corporate defense and begin representing people whose lives had been shattered by preventable disasters came when family friends turned to him for help after losing loved ones in a catastrophic incident. He was successful in helping them make a significant recovery, and he made an investment in starting his own law practice.
Chuck first encountered negligent security cases while defending corporate property owners. “At first I was very skeptical of these cases,” Chuck says, “and I didn’t see how a property owner could be held responsible for the actions of criminals. But the deeper I got into the work, the more I was presented with evidence that these companies knew about the threat of violent crime on their properties, and not only did they not take proper precautions make people safer, they often made little to no effort to warn residents, customers, and gusts of the danger.”
When Chuck started practicing as a plaintiff’s attorney, he put an emphasis on negligent security cases, and since then, he has recovered tens of millions of dollars for the victims of violent crimes.
As a corporate defense lawyer, Bradley earned a national reputation for defending transportation and logistics companies when their drivers were involved in collisions that resulted in catastrophic injuries or deaths. “Often the cases became very complicated,” Bradley explains, “requiring specialized experts, and very frequently we faced unusual legal obstacles.”
After defending one of the world’s largest shipping companies against multiple lawsuits, Bradley decided to shift gears and focus his complex litigation experience on helping individuals who had been badly injured and the families of those who had been killed in collisions with commercial vehicles. “The same precision litigation strategies required to litigate trucking cases translate well to negligent security cases, where there are often multiple defendants, a need for specialized experts, and unique legal challenges that change from one jurisdiction to the next.”
Bradley’s experience defending Fortune 100 companies against difficult cases makes him particularly adept at navigating the legal system on behalf of plaintiffs, crafting unique strategies for each case to get the right result for each family we serve.
A seasoned trial lawyer, Jim Myers has a successful record of litigating high-stakes catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. After 16 years defending some of the most-respected companies and health care providers in the country, Jim brought his experience to Pratt Clay. He’s developed a passion for negligent security cases because he feels the work can make a tangible difference for the community. Jim’s favorite part of being a plaintiff’s lawyer is helping people through the most challenging chapters of their lives. “The legal process is intimidating,” Jim says, “and having someone with compassion who can relate to you is very important.”
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