Frequently Asked Questions
What are the fees for your service?
There is NO COST to you for the consultation and our work with you will be free for as long as it takes. At Stewart Humpherys & Molin, our fees are limited to a percentage of what we win, so there is no risk to you for pursuing the justice you deserve. Call our Chico office at 530-891-6111 to schedule your consultation today
What work experience and education helps you be a better lawyer?
I believe growing up in a blue-collar family and working in oil refineries as a young man to put myself through school taught me invaluable lessons in life, survival, and personal responsibility. My daughter nearly died at birth and had multiple medical challenges in the first five years of her life. This has shaped and molded me to understand firsthand what family pain truly is.
Tell us about your firm
I have a very strong team working with me who are broad-based in their skills and life experiences and who continually collaborate with one another. My assistant has a wealth of knowledge and knows every one of my clients thoroughly. From the moment a client walks into my office, the client is treated with respect by all of my staff.
What are your strengths and style?
I am very persistent when I take on a case and ensure that I know every detail of the liability and the injury so I can represent my clients carefully and forcefully. After years of practice, I often anticipate what the opposing lawyers will argue before they argue it. My preparation is careful and very detailed and I remain firm and persistent throughout the case.
Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
I have a significant sense of social responsibility and wanted to help others. Being a lawyer is a difficult job, but it afforded me the chance to work for people who really needed help. I decided on personal injury as a way to help people who are vulnerable and holding those who hurt others responsible for their acts.
Why did you decide on your primary area of practice?
Originally, I was a public defender with extensive trial work. After a few years, I moved to a firm that had done major personal injury trial work for decades. With that firm, I began handling primarily injury and accident cases and discovered that the subject was challenging and that I could make a difference in my clients’ lives by obtaining awards for my clients to help restore their lives. Over the years I have found it very rewarding to have made a positive impact on the lives of those who have been injured or abused. Find out more about our practice.
What is your opinion regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
As injury lawyers, we believe that education affords awareness. It is important that people understand their rights. When they can recognize what the law holds, they are better positioned to understand the reasons for pursuing a particular defendant for a particular jury.
Are you willing to review documents prepared by clients?
Documents prepared by clients are a very clear window of what they believe about their case. We encourage our clients to prepare any information they can to help me understand their case. A personal injury lawyer must understand his client, and these communications are vital to their goal.
Are you willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?
We have coached clients who wish to pursue their own actions, and would be willing to do this if those persons were in a good position to represent themselves as well. Clients must understand that people, even experienced personal injury lawyers, are not the most effective advocates for their own cause.