Former Insurance Defense Lawyer On Your Side
Mr. Kaiser impressed us. Instead of claiming “to fight for his clients,” he provided us with a list of over 100 cases that he had actually taken to trial. Instead of promising results, he gave a reasonable assessment of the risks and advantages of various strategies. Instead of claiming that he “won” all his cases, he explained that for trial lawyers a “win” is getting a better result in court than in the best settlement offer, then he made the cases available so we could check for ourselves. Knowing that our company was cash strapped due to the lawsuits, he expressed willingness to help us keep the fees down by having our company staff do as much of the grunt work as possible, such as copying, Bates Stamping, investigating and research. As our case progressed, we remained concerned that we get the best possible representation. Mr. Kaiser did not object to us retaining one of the prestigious Avenue of the Star specialist attorneys to provide second opinions and consult on our case, and he cooperated fully with the “second opinion” attorney.
Mr. Kaiser handled most of the important work himself, but saved us money by using lower paid attorney associates to do some of the work. He supervised their work and ensured that it was up to par. As trial neared, Mr. Kaiser encouraged our primary witnesses to observe another case which he was trying in Riverside. I personally watched the entire trial and saw that Mike Kaiser speaks well, is clear headed, stays focused, objects promptly and maintains a pleasant demeanor with the jury and the judge. Nothing flustered him.
Our case involved extensive travel for depositions. Mr. Kaiser allowed us to save money by booking lodging on Priceline for him and driving him ourselves rather than flying him to the various locations. During some very long trips we were able to observe him interacting by phone with other clients. He appeared to treat all of them with the same diligence and attention that we got. He billed the travel time fairly and used our trips to coach us in preparation for trial. That way we didn’t have to pay double, once for travel time and again for coaching time. Also, to the extent he used travel time to attend to other clients’ work, he did not bill us for the travel.
Due to his extensive, careful, preparation and some skillful motions in limine, Mr. Kaiser won a stipulated judgement in our favor on the eve of trial. Even if we had lost, I would say that Mr. Kaiser went above and beyond what was expected and that he gave us his full attention and charged very fairly. Let’s face it, you can’t win them all . . . although I sure was happy to win.
Since that time, Mr. Kaiser has handled a number of other matters, both major and petty for us. He’s written effective letters to deal with neighbor nuisance issues like barking dogs, and he used an anti-SLAP motion to quickly end a defamation lawsuit against me. On top of that, he’s provided reasonably priced coaching to help me self-represent myself in cases which don’t require his full attention.
Lots of people claim to be “tough.” Most of them roll over pretty fast. Mr. Kaiser doesn’t say much or make any promises to be “tough.” He just is.