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Professional Associations & Trust

Trust; it is a hard thing to give to anyone. People offer it only after someone either earns it or offers proof that they deserve a chance to earn it. And the higher the stakes, the more important trust becomes.

After a serious car accident or other type of injury, your health and financial future may hang in the balance. Trusting in your accident attorney and his ability to secure the settlement you need and deserve becomes the most important trust issue you may ever face.

Only an experienced personal injury attorney will know the compensation you really need for today and the years to come. Few things are more tragic than trying to cope with inadequate compensation after your attorney encouraged you to settle for less than you need.


Maintaining our trustworthiness



At CMPCC, Bob M. Cohen and Mike Marzban, continue to network their practice and stay current with legal trends through their membership in prestigious national and state legal organizations. Only respected and trusted attorneys are invited to affiliate themselves with these organizations. They are a good indications of the trust you can have in CMPCC and the work they will do for you. Below are the organizations with which we have membership and affiliation.

American Association for Justice – The AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar dedicated to preserving victim’s rights and establishing fairness for injured persons.


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Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles – Many organizations that favor Tort reform advocate discontinuing trial by jury for personal injury cases. The Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, in addition to promoting the highest standards among consumer attorneys, is fighting for your constitutional right to trial by jury.


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Consumer Attorneys of California – Similar to the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, this organization represents the interests of plaintiffs in personal injury cases. They encourage cooperation among its members to improve the effective representation by trial lawyers within their organization.


Los Angeles County Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and Beverly Hills Bar Association – Membership in local bar associations provides a wealth of up-to-date legal news, information, and trends that affect attorneys and their clients. Each association has specific benefits that make it easier to stay informed on local legal issues and personalities that may affect present and future clients’ cases.


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Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Less than 1% of lawyers in the United States are members of these organizations. Membership is limited to attorneys who have successfully won million dollar and multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements for their clients. When you need a settlement in this range, membership by your attorney indicates experience and success winning this type of verdict.


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Better Business Bureau – Even though the Better Business Bureau is an advocate for good business practices by any type of business, when an attorney firm achieves accreditation with the Better Business Bureau it is a strong indication of the ethical standards of that firm.


CMPCC’s membership in the above organizations helps us to achieve our number one goal, obtaining the most favorable verdict or settlement for your case. However, after we have more than adequately seen to your future we expect to have earned your trust as well.
What Happens Next

After you call us or fill out our form, we will get in touch with you and ask you about your accident. We will schedule a free consultation with one of our expert attorneys. They will review all of the facts of your case and give you a recommendation on how to proceed.

If you and the attorney decide we are a good fit for your case we will represent you fiercely in court.

Contact us today to start the process of recovering from your car accident.

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Dunbar Armored Cars
Result: $15,000,000

Our client was driving on the freeway when an armored car went out of control and landed on him. The armored car company negligently entrusted the vehicle to the unskilled driver who caused the accident. Our client sustained brain damage.

Garrett
Result: $4,300,000

Our client was a passenger in an auto that rolled over because its driver was intoxicated. The client was rendered paraplegic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some very smart people have asked themselves that very question. They have believed that there is nothing that an experienced personal injury lawyer can do, that they cannot do just as well. These people have been proved wrong. Their belief that if they did not pay an attorney fee, that they would get more money in their own pockets, has likewise been proven wrong. Insurance carriers do not treat all people equally. Even different attorneys will receive different offers on the same case. When an insurance company sees a person representing himself or herself, they know that this person is no threat to the insurance company and that if the person representing himself or herself is unhappy with the offer, that they do not have the ability to litigate and ultimately try the case before a jury.


Exposure to the insurer is what gets money offered. When an insurance adjuster sees a novice or kid lawyer just starting out or a newbie lawyer who has never tried a case and hit a homerun, they invariably low ball that lawyer because they know that he or she is no proven threat to the carrier. When, however, the insurance carrier deals with a lawyer who is seasoned and has a reputation for hitting homeruns, they know that this attorney can and will go the distance, if they do not pay up and thus, the carriers will invariably offer this type of attorney more to make the exposure-the case go away. We have yet to see a so called "do it yourselfer" get the big result and better than what the right lawyer could have gotten that injured person.


The injured person has no experience evaluating the worth of his or her injuries and has no experience recognizing the problems in a particular case. That person (who decides to do it himself or herself) does not have the means of properly documenting the injuries and losses and likewise does not know how to make the case translate into top value in the eyes of the insurance company. Those insurers are not the friends of the victim. Their job is not to be fair, but rather to get the case out the door for the lowest amount possible.


When we hear people say "all I want is what is fair and I am not trying to get more," we immediately know that they will, soon discover that honesty and good intentions is not a two way street when dealing with an insurance company. We have seen countless examples of real cases where the victim thought he got a good settlement, but we recognized (after the fact and when it was too late to save the case) that he was taken advantage of and settled for far less than he deserved. We know all the right moves to get the right amount for our clients and we know that the insurers know that we pose a threat to them if they do not pay up.


One of the biggest mistakes we have seen people make, is the belief that the lower the percentage they pay, that means the more dollars they will put in their pockets at the end of a case. All lawyers are not created equal and the insurance carriers know it. When we receive inquiries and a victim of an accident is shopping for the lowest percentage of fee, based upon the belief that this will translate to more money in the client's pocket, we explain what we have said and tell them that if they are insistent, then we can and will refer them to a newbie lawyer who will charge a lower percentage. The reality is that the words "you get what you pay for" is so very true.


Whether the lawyer admits it or not, lawyers are in business and have overheads and they are in business to make a profit to pay for their office, their employees, their own insurance, their home mortgage and to provide for their families. When a lawyer has two cases to work on and if both cases will require the same amount of hours of work from beginning to end and if on one case the lawyer will receive (as an example) 10% of a $100,000 settlement or on the other case 25% of the same $100,000 settlement and knowing that there are only so many hours in the day to spend working on any case, which one do you believe the lawyer will spend his time working on? The one where at the end, he will stand to make a $10,000 fee or the one which, at the end, he will make a $25,000 fee? It is human nature. The lawyer needs the economic incentive and sometimes when a client agrees to a 10% fee, that lawyer might ultimately get a $100,000 offer and the more experienced lawyer with the track record and reputation, charging a 25% or 1/3 fee, might get a $1,000,000 offer. The fact that the client agreed to a higher percentage of fee, nevertheless results in a much greater net sum in his or her pocket. The percentage of the fee and the amount the client nets, generally have nothing to do with each other. There is no direct one-to-one relationship that translates to a lower percentage of fee, meaning a greater result for the client. Also, the lawyer with the track record and reputation and experience (that the insurer knows) may be able to get the case settled much sooner than the novice attorney learning on the job.


People who think they do not need the services of the experienced personal injury attorney, invariably find out the hard way that they should have chosen that right lawyer in the very beginning. When we see that despite our explanations, that the potential client has made up his mind to try to do it himself or herself or to try to save money shopping based on percentage (without regard to the things that really make the difference), we always tell that person to not be embarrassed to call us later on when they find out that we had provided them the right direction. Sometimes when that person returns to us, we can still fix all the damage that was done and still make the ultimate result what it should have been. Other times, unfortunately, it is too late and the damage has been done to such a degree, that no matter what we subsequently try to do to fix the problems that have been created, it is too late and once the damage is done, it will ultimately make that optimum result (that could have been had, if we had the case from the beginning) beyond the reach of any lawyer.


Generally the amount that a lawyer can charge for representing a minor (under Age 18), depends in large part, upon the county in which the accident happened, the amount of work that went into the case, whether the case was settled before the filing of a lawsuit or after the filing of a lawsuit-and where a lawsuit has been filed to achieve the result, then the amount of work and effort that went into the case before the resolution. Was it settled before the case was tried before a jury or was it concluded by a jury verdict? Did the lawyer go the distance? Then there are considerations of the amount of out of pocket expenses that the lawyer incurred in getting the case to the end result.


Generally, lawyers will have a lower percentage in their retainer agreement when a minor is the client. To settle the case involving a minor, the Superior Court in the particular California County, will require a petition to be filed and the minor, his or her parent and the lawyer appearing and answering questions that the judge will pose, in order for the judge to determine how much of a fee the lawyer is entitled to. There are yet, other considerations and generally, the reputation of the lawyer as well as the difficulty or ease in which the settlement or other result was obtained, will be factors that guide the judge to his decision.


Once you accept a settlement and sign a general release, it is too late to file a personal injury action. The case is over forever. It is always best to consult an expert early on to get the best result.