Matthew Driggs

Matthew Driggs is our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in Utah on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Matthew directly using the contact details listed above.

Matthew started his law firm with the objective of building a community of caring, understanding, and philanthropy that is centred around the needs of its clientele. His polished product resulted in the creation of The Advocates Law Firm.

Matt graduated from the University of Utah’s Law School in December of 1991, and he immediately began to practice personal injury law in January of 1992.

He started a solo practice in Midvale, and in 1995 moved to downtown Salt Lake. In 1996, Matt purchased a building which housed The Advocates until 2018 when the firm moved to its current location.

Matt and a group of partnering attorneys of The Advocates joined forces and became the Driggs, Bills & Day, P.C. personal injury law firm. In his collective years with The Advocates, Matt has compensated his clients with over $200-million.

Firm Overview:

We are a team of experienced injury attorneys, working for the people throughout the state of Utah to give victims of personal injury accidents a voice. After you have been injured in an accident that was caused by the dangerous or negligent behaviour of another individual, you need help getting what is fair from the insurance company.

When you are the victim of a personal injury, it is often easy to feel lost, alone, and unheard. The insurance companies will try to take advantage of that, but don’t let them; The Advocates are here for you.

We will listen to your story, help you get the medical treatment you need, and fight for your right to a fair settlement. As your personal lawyers, we will represent your case to the insurance company and make sure that they fulfil their responsibility of respecting your rights and compensating you for your injury. The Advocates is a law firm that is dedicated to helping you get the settlement you deserve.

The insurance companies do not want to give you what is fair, and will resist your efforts to recover fair compensation. Here at The Advocates, we will not let them get away with mistreating you and giving you less than you deserve. With The Advocates on your side, you can be assured that you are in the most capable hands.

Know that you can get the medical treatment you need without having to worry about costly medical bills or time away from work. We can help with all of that.

Jim Mays

Jim Mays is our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jim directly using the contact details listed above.

To understand a little about the quality of the man, simply review what he has achieved: Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada; Selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in Canada; Awarded a peer review rating of “BV Distinguished” by Martindale-Hubbell indicating a very high rating in both legal ability and ethical standards; Author, lecturer and presenter on various legal topics including civil procedure, personal injury and insurance law, trial advocacy and tort law.

Firm Overview:

We Can Help You Navigate the Complexities of Law

Life and business come with more choices, opportunities and complex challenges than ever before. How the law impacts you, your family, your business affairs and your health in this setting of wonderfully complicated chaos is equally profound.

To our minds, that leaves you two options: self-manage multiple legal partners and advisors to gain the specialisation you need to juggle your affairs. Or choose a firm of specialists where the overlaps and complexities are considered for you in a coordinated, expert fashion.

Since 1932, Siskinds has been that firm of specialists serving individuals, families and businesses in southwestern Ontario and Canada from our offices in London, Sarnia and Québec City. We’ve grown as the world around us has evolved.

Today, we are a team of over 230 lawyers and support staff covering personal, business, personal injury and class action law and over 25 specialised practice areas. As one, we are focused on helping you make the right legal choices, managing your legal affairs, connecting the dots where needed and generally making life a little less complex by making the expertise you need easier to access and use.

William R. Garmer

William Garmer is our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in Kentucky on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact William directly using the contact details listed above.

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In a career spanning more than 35 years, Bill Garmer has had extensive courtroom and appellate experience. Not only has he secured many successful settlements and verdicts for his clients, many of his successful cases have led to ground-breaking decisions.

In 2016 Bill Garmer successfully argued a land mark case before the Kentucky Supreme Court, where the Court affirmed a jury verdict for punitive damages in excess of one million dollars for the family of a man who died as a result of medical malpractice. The Court in its opinion changed the laws focus in punitive damages cases to more thoroughly consider the fact that the conduct of the defendant was “Reprehensible.”

In Hilen v. Hays, as the plaintiff’s attorney, Bill earned a victory before the Kentucky Supreme Court leading to the adoption of Comparative Fault in Kentucky. Additionally, as the plaintiff’s attorney in Williams v. St. Claire Medical Centre, Bill’s successful argument in the Kentucky Court of Appeals led to the decision recognising both the doctrine of apparent agency of independent contractors in hospital cases and the independent liability of hospitals for failing to follow their own rules and regulations. As a plaintiff’s lawyer, Bill is dedicated to protecting the rights guaranteed to every citizen by the Constitution. Bill was one of five attorneys selected to the trial team to represent the families of the passengers of Comair Flight 5191, which crashed on take-off from Lexington, Kentucky in August 2006. Bill recently represented the family of a victim of nursing home abuse resulting in an $8 million jury verdict in Louisville.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky. He attended the University of Kentucky College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1975. After being admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1975, he worked for two years as a Law Clerk to Hon. B.T. Moynahan, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Bill was selected to the University of Kentucky College of Law Hall of Fame in 2014 and is presently serving as President Elect of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Bill is a member of a number of professional organisations, and has held influential positions within these organisations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the Pound Foundation, and is a member of the Melvin Belli Society. He is a member of the American Bar Association; the American Association for Justice, where he has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Council of State Presidents and was on the Board of Governors from 1988 through 2010; the Kentucky Bar Association, where he has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2011, Vice President from 2015-2016, President Elect from 2016-2017, President from 2017-2018; the Kentucky Bar Foundation; the Kentucky Justice Association, where he has served as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and is presently on the Board of Governors; the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; the Southern Trial Lawyers Association; and the Federal Bar Association.

In addition to his professional memberships, Bill has received outstanding recognition within the legal community. In 1998, he was the recipient of the Kentucky Justice Association’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Martindale-Hubbell rates him AV-Preeminent®*, the highest rating an attorney can receive. He has been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America since 1987, Who’s Who in American Law since 1991, named to Kentucky Super Lawyers since 2007, and in 2008 and 2010-2017 was named to the “Super Lawyers: Top 50 Kentucky Lawyers” list. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law in litigation skills since 1981 and in healthcare law since 2003. He also has been a guest lecturer in Continuing Legal Education programs in Kentucky and around the United States.