Interview with Attorney Saar Swartzon
What made you choose a career in personal injury law?
When I was about 7, my babysitter's husband was an attorney and I got
to watch him in argue court. I thought it was awesome. I saw him argue
on behalf of an individual against a large corporation and I liked the
fact that everyone seemed to have a fair shot by having a lawyer.
You helped obtain the 48
th largest verdict in the U.S. – tell us about the case:
Robert Treggett served this country as a nuclear trained machinist mate
abroad the USS Marshall, a nuclear submarine. While working onboard, Robert
was exposed to asbestos while repairing and maintaining various equipment
on the Marshall. After the Navy, Robert performed home repairs using products
that contained asbestos as well. Years later, Robert was diagnosed with
malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
I was part of a three-man trial team that tried the case against several
of the manufacturers of these asbestos containing products. After a very
grueling six week trial, the jury found on behalf of Robert and his wife
and even awarded punitive damages. In total we received a verdict of $36,688,496.
It was very gratifying to represent Robert and his wife, Linda, and hold
those responsible for causing his illness and eventual demise.
Does it help to have more than a decade of legal experience?
Certainly. Albert Einstein said, "The only source of knowledge is
experience." I truly believe that you learn by doing. Cohn &
Swartzon, P.C. only practices personal injury law. Period. Because we
practice personal injury law every single day, we gain massive amounts
of knowledge about not only changes in the law, but changes in the landscape
of dealing with insurance companies and even jurors and judges. This enables
us to maximize the values in our cases and insure our clients are getting
the legal services they deserve.
What advice do you most often give your clients & why?
I always tell my clients that they only have to concern themselves with
one thing: getting well physically. Our job is to take care of everything else.
In your opinion, how does Cohn & Swartzon, P.C. differ from other firms?
We really care about making sure our clients get the best customer service
possible. I am certain that our clients get contacted by someone on our
team more than they would ever expect to get contacted by a law firm.
We want to make sure our clients are getting well and know where their
case is at every step in the process.
Tell us about an award or honor that you are particularly proud of:
I would definitely have to say being chosen as a Super Lawyer for the last
five (5) years. The reason is because you are chosen by your peers. It
is not an award you apply for, but something that others nominate you for.
How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?
Really as a one of listener first, which is really difficult for a lawyer
and person who likes to talk. They say you have two ears and one mouth
and you should use them proportionally. This is especially true when speaking
with clients. You need to listen and hear what they have to say.
What is the first thing that you do when you take on a new case?
Actually, a lot. There are several things you have to do right at the beginning
of a case but generally the most important thing is to gather as much
information as you can to begin to put together your case. Determine property
damage, injuries, witnesses, location of accident, insurance involved,
etc. These are all key to making sure no stone is left unturned for our clients.
What types of injury claims do you specifically handle?
We handle any personal injury claim when someone's injury is caused
by the negligence of another. Generally, the main component of our claims
is injuries to the body–injuries you can feel. Often, these claims
have psychological or emotional components attached to them as well. Most
of our cases are automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian, bus, truck, and bicycle
accidents, as well as dog maulings. Additionally, we have significant
experience handling mesothelioma cases.
In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Truly, when I get a great outcome for a client and they are really shocked.
I love to see the look on their faces.