Legal Team

James Ames | Attorney

My strength as an advocate comes from my emphasis on listening to my clients and fighting for the outcome they truly want. You will find many lawyers pay lip service to their promises to communicate with and listen to their clients but fail to follow…
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Steve Samples | Attorney

I believe that trying a case to a jury is the best part of my job. That belief is the basis for the entire way I handle cases at Samples Ames. When our firm accepts cases, I am evaluating the prospects of that case in front of a jury. I size up the c…
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Why Choose Us?

Choose a firm with the resources to win

Financial resources to fight large insurance companies and corporations.

Lawsuits are expensive.  The costs for investigators, consultants, and expert witnesses can rise quickly.  Choose a firm with enough resources to meet this need.

Intellectual resources to see opportunities that others miss.

Did the lawyer do a good job when he settled a personal injury case for $100,000?  Maybe.  But don’t choose a lawyer who settles for $100,000 and misses the $1,000,000 opportunity with a different defendant or a different claim.  That happens more than you’d think.  If you’ve ever met a lawyer who you thought just didn’t understand your case, you were probably right.

Practical resources to move your case forward.

Your lawyer is the link between you and your insurance company, the defendant, and the defendants’ lawyer.  To be effective, that lawyer has to listen to you, understand you and your personal injury case, and then communicate effectively with the other side.  But every case is different, so choose a lawyer with the skill to adapt.  Some cases are war; others are negotiations.  Choose a lawyer with enough business experience to recognize the difference.

Human resources to allow you to win.

While the trial lawyer is the most visible part of a litigation effort, success depends on a concerted team effort.  This includes persons within the law group such as legal assistants and paralegals.  But it also includes external resources such as investigators, medical consultants, engineers and crash reconstructionists.  At trial, the skills of graphic artists, computer animation specialists, and trial consultants are often needed.  Choose a firm that can assemble the right team for your case.

Lawsuits aren’t fun – whether you are suing or being sued. When they’re over, most people are relieved.   But being relieved it’s over is not the same thing as being happy with the process. Ask around, you probably know someone who has been through a lawsuit. Ask if these things were important to them, and ask if they got them from their lawyer:

  • Lawyers who treat you like a person, not just a “case.”
  • Lawyers who return your telephone calls.
  • Lawyers who take the time to listen to you.
  • Lawyers who explain the process and help you make good decisions.
  • Lawyers who earn your trust, because they understand your case.
  • Lawyers who earn your confidence, because you know they can win.