The proof is in our history. For decades, Shevlin Smith has helped victims of medical malpractice and personal injury to recover full and fair compensation for their injuries. Licensed in both Virginia and Washington, D.C., each attorney at Shevlin Smith has a long history of successful litigation. In fact, three of our lawyers have been selected by their peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in America."
Shevlin Smith is uniquely qualified to represent plaintiffs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We have a background few others can match. Our two senior partners spent years practicing as defense attorneys, learning about the inner workings of insurance companies and their defense strategies. The adage "know thy enemy" has proven true, because we have insight into defense tactics that gives us a rare and distinct advantage.
All of our attorneys have true compassion for those who have been injured. We stand ready to fight for victims' rights. Because the selection of a quality law firm is the most important step toward a victory, we have formulated the following criteria that you must demand from the firm you choose:
- Specialized Experience: The only way to obtain the sophisticated knowledge, resources, and skills required to represent plaintiffs in these complex areas of the law is through years and years of trial and litigation experience. We not only have highly accredited attorneys, but we have worked with many of the country's leading experts in the fields of medicine and accident investigation.
- Honest Evaluation: You absolutely must have a law firm that will "give it to you straight." Be careful trusting an attorney who only says what he thinks you want to hear. You need to know where you stand immediately in order to decide the proper course of action. Weaknesses can be strengthened, but only if they are disclosed. We have learned that everyone needs candid advice, right from the start.
- Personalized Attention: You need advocates willing to conform their litigation methods to suit the unique aspects of your case. When you first meet, it is a good sign if you do most of the talking. Your case may be won or lost on just one small detail, so the initial investigative process is paramount. We will take time to understand you and your case to ensure the best possible representation.
- Trial Credibility: It is extremely important to your case to have a fighter ready to take your case to trial. Your firm must have a reputation for calling the bluff of unreasonably low settlement offers. Insurance companies delineate between lawyers who are willing to go to trial and those who have a reputation for taking less than the case is worth in order to avoid a trial. In the end, the best negotiator for your case is someone the insurance companies do not want to face in court. We our proud of our reputation, and it has proven to be effective for our clients.
We know the system, and the insurance companies know that we are unsurpassed at what we do. Simply put, we are trial lawyers who are willing to fight for you. We will initially provide you with free advice concerning the possible merits of your case, and we will do everything in our power to help a meritorious case succeed.