8 episodes

Trial lawyers. Violent crime. Cracked foundations. Corporate greed. Toxic mold. Gas explosions. When someone is hurt or killed on a dangerous property there is often a disturbing yet fascinating backstory. And it's the civil trial lawyer's job to uncover it to seek justice. Don't just read about it in the news or the pleadings, join us, On Premises, as we speak to some of the nation's leading civil trial lawyers about their most exciting premises liability cases.

On Premises Beacon Legal PLLC

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Trial lawyers. Violent crime. Cracked foundations. Corporate greed. Toxic mold. Gas explosions. When someone is hurt or killed on a dangerous property there is often a disturbing yet fascinating backstory. And it's the civil trial lawyer's job to uncover it to seek justice. Don't just read about it in the news or the pleadings, join us, On Premises, as we speak to some of the nation's leading civil trial lawyers about their most exciting premises liability cases.

    Andrew Harris on Slip & Fall Summary Judgment

    Andrew Harris on Slip & Fall Summary Judgment

    Andrew Harris is at the cutting edge of critical appellate issues in premises liability law. In this episode Andrew discusses summary judgment in slip and fall cases under Florida law. 


    "Attorney Andrew A. Harris is the founder and owner of Harris Appeals, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida. Board certified in appellate practice by The Florida Bar, Andrew has more than 15 years of legal experience, and provides unmatched appellate representation to a diverse range of clients throughout Palm Beach County and South Florida.

    Over the course of his legal career, Andrew has successfully handled more than 300 appeals while providing invaluable trial support in hundreds of cases in state and federal courts across the region.

    He has extensive experience drafting motions and preparing his clients’ cases for trial, as well as offering unmatched litigation support and post-verdict remedies.

    As a result, Andrew has achieved significant success advocating on behalf of those he serves and has built an outstanding reputation helping clients appeal adverse rulings and obtain the justice they deserve.

    In recognition of his professionalism and success in court, Andrew has been designated as an emerging leader in his field and won top rankings by a number of legal industry entities. In addition, he has received so many positive testimonials from current and former clients that personal referrals make up a significant portion of his workload.

    A 1999 graduate of Florida State University, Andrew attended the George Washington University National Law Center, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2002. He is an active member of the Florida Justice Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association and The Florida Bar, and he serves on the Board of the Palm Beach County Justice Association.

    Born in West Palm Beach, Andrew is married to Adele Small Harris, a trust, estates, and probate attorney in Palm Beach County. Andrew and Adele reside in Palm Beach Gardens with their human daughters, Anne and Alexandra, and their canine daughter, Arlie.  Andrew is most proud of being a #girldad to all three of his strong and sassy daughters."
    Host Law Firm Website: https://www.beacon.legal/

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Rachael Gilmer | $5.6MM Verdict | Jack Massey vs. Retreat at Gainesville, LLC, et al.

    Rachael Gilmer | $5.6MM Verdict | Jack Massey vs. Retreat at Gainesville, LLC, et al.

    In this episode we interview trial lawyer Rachael Gilmer of Levin Papantonio Rafferty on the $5.6MM she helped obtain for Jack Massey.

    Mr. Massey was an underage minor in 2017 when he was invited to a party at The Retreat Gainesville. At the party he was permitted to consume alcohol and was provided alcohol, then dove or flipped into a swimming pool, sustaining a traumatic spinal cord injury that left him a partial Quadriplegic. 

    Rachael Raymon Gilmer is a civil trial lawyer and shareholder at Levin Papantonio Rafferty. She currently manages the motor vehicle department at the firm and focuses her practice on car accidents, wrongful death, trucking accidents, brain injury, and severe injuries related to premises liability. She is licensed in both Florida and Alabama and pursues personal injury cases from both states. Rachael has tried numerous cases to verdict, including multiple wrongful death and serious injury MVA claims. She was also part of several tobacco trial teams for Levin Papantonio Rafferty.
    Rachael has earned an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell. Her reputation has also consistently landed her on the list of Super Lawyers, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel and Best of the Bar. She is regularly asked to speak at the Florida Justice Association conferences and has taught several trial prep classes through the FJA as well. Rachael has presented at the People’s Law School for the past 9 years and enjoys any opportunity to share her professional experiences with others while also learning from the participants.
    As much as Rachael enjoys practicing law and being in the courtroom, family comes first. Rachael is married to Albi, and they have two sons who keep her bouncing between the law office and a sports field. Rachael is also on very involved in the local community serving as a Trustee for the Episcopal Day School and First United Methodist Church. She is also a Mentor for Big Brother Big Sister Beyond School Walls Program and is actively involved in Pensacola Fiesta Forces, Bill Bond youth baseball, and FUMC Youth Council. Rachael and her husband are also supporters of their local PACE Center for Girls.
    Rachael received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama and her undergraduate from the University of Florida. She is admitted to practice in the State Courts of Florida and Alabama as well as the Florida Federal Courts, including the United State District Court, Northern District of Florida.
    Rachael is a member of the Florida Justice Association, the Alabama Justice Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers."

    Levin Papantonio Rafferty
    316 South Baylen St.
    Pensacola, FL 32502
    (850) 435-7159

    Host Law Firm Website: https://www.beacon.legal/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Michael Haggard on Two $100MM Drowning Verdicts

    Michael Haggard on Two $100MM Drowning Verdicts

    Go behind the scenes with trial lawyer Michael Haggard as he shares how he obtained two $100M jury verdicts for victims of non-fatal drownings in South Florida. Haggard also discusses the legislative changes enacted as a result of these two cases, and others, to deter dangerous properties and products that lead to drownings. 

    Full Bio 
    "Compassionate, empathetic and a fervent advocate for victims of crime, Michael Haggard has dedicated his career to the pursuit of justice on behalf of his clients in the courtroom securing unprecedented awards and as an activist who continuously lobbies for permanent solutions and change through local, statewide and federal legislation. Specializing in pool drowning, negligent security, wrongful death, unsafe premises and products liability, Haggard has established himself as a powerful force in the legal community as the Managing Partner for The Haggard Law Firm.
    After spending time as a Public Defender and working with a small personal injury firm before joining The Haggard Law Firm, Haggard was named a partner in 2001, secure in the belief that every case holds equal importance and could mean the opportunity to award a family resolution to a devastating incident.
    He soon captured national headlines as the only plaintiff’s personal injury attorney to secure three separate $100 Million verdicts on behalf of individual clients. Haggard secured two consecutive $100 Million verdicts on behalf of children involved in pool accidents. 
    To learn more about Haggard’s extensive experience as a trial lawyer for drowning victims visit aquaticattorney.com. 
    Several years later, a third $100 Million verdict was awarded by a jury in a negligent security case, deemed the largest of its kind for that genre of case law.

    Devoted to his clients, Haggard has received numerous awards for his time and dedication earning him recognition as one of the most highly regarded personal injury attorneys in the country. In 2017 he was awarded the Florida Justice Association’s highest honor, the Perry Nichols Award, and was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers of America. He has also been honored to receive the Advocate of Justice Award from the National Crime Victims Bar Association received the Lifetime Achievement selection to America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, has been twice named a Most Effective Lawyer by the Daily Business Review, is a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and is annually recognized as a Florida Trend Legal Elite Lawyer, a Florida Top 100 Super Lawyer,  and one of the Best Lawyers in America.
    Professional achievements aside, Haggard is also fiercely dedicated to a myriad of worthy causes. Believing that as an attorney he has an obligation to give back to the community, he serves on the Advisory Council for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Crime Victim Bar Association where his knowledge and background of representing victims of violent crimes, including sex crimes (more info here: abuseguardian.com/sexual-assault-lawyer/florida), is put to good use. Additionally, Haggard is a current member of the MADD Barristers Council, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and ASIS – the world’s largest organization for security professionals. 
    Closest to his heart, however, Haggard sits on the National Board of the Polycystic Kidney Foundation. Passed genetically, this disease has affected many members of his family, as well as Haggard himself.
    Outside the office, Haggard is not only a philanthropist but also a dedicated father. He enjoys spending time with his wife Bekki, coaching his son’s football team and attending his daughter’s track meets."
    Host Law Firm Website: https://www.beacon.legal/

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Nicole Clark on Skipping High School, Becoming a Litigator, and Founding Trellis (Sponsor Episode)

    Nicole Clark on Skipping High School, Becoming a Litigator, and Founding Trellis (Sponsor Episode)

    Our guest is Nicole Clark, CEO and Founder of Trellis.
    Premises liability cases often involve hotly contested legal issues requiring extensive legal research. That's where Trellis comes in.

    To start your 14-day Trellis free trial, click here: http://trellis.law/free-trial/activate/On-Premises

    Nicole Clark developed Trellis as her own secret weapon. After graduating from Rutgers Law School in 2011, she entered into private practice.
    The idea for Trellis was born late one night as Clark was trying to write a complicated motion for summary judgment. She didn’t know much about the judge assigned to the case, which left her unsure about how to structure the document. That’s when a colleague let her browse through his old case files, where she stumbled upon a past ruling by her judge, on her issue, on her motion. 

    It felt like finally having a detailed study guide to a final exam. She won her motion for summary judgment and everything changed.
    With the help of a few software developers, Clark began aggregating state trial court data to use in her own private practice, slowly accumulating an ever-expanding database of tentative rulings issued by the judges in Southern California. 

    This helped solve her own need for access to state trial court data and analytics. Clark used these rulings to structure and organize every motion that came across her desk, weaving the facts of each case into the types of arguments highlighted by her specific judge. The results? Her motion practice proliferated.
    Clark knew her secret weapon couldn’t—and shouldn’t—stay a secret forever. It quickly became obvious to her that there was a massive opportunity to build a thriving, scalable legal analytics platform, one that would help democratize access for state trial court data. And she wanted to be the one to build it.

    Clark continues to share everything she has learned over the years about legal analytics with other legal professionals, authoring articles for ABA Journal, New York Law Journal, Texas Lawyer, and Santa Barbara Lawyer. She is also regularly featured as a legal expert for Southern California Record, and she has appeared as a guest on podcasts produced by Above the Law and Corporate Counsel Business Journal.
    Host Law Firm Website: https://www.beacon.legal/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Joseph Wilson on Collapsing Decks & Skate Rinks

    Joseph Wilson on Collapsing Decks & Skate Rinks

    Joseph Wilson is considered by many to be one of the elite trial lawyers in the southeast, if not the nation. To wit, there are few lawyers of his age that have accomplished what he has in such a short span. In an era where very few injury lawyers take cases to a jury trial when insurance carriers act in an unreasonable manner; Joseph has established a reputation based on the significant verdicts he has obtained on behalf of clients.
    Joseph garnered attention from his colleagues and Georgia insurance defense lawyers following two significant verdicts. In 2018, a Fulton County jury awarded our client $500,000.00 for injuries she sustained when a deck collapsed as a result of negligence. In 2019, following a highly contested trial involving elite defense counsel; Joseph secured a $584,000.00 jury verdict on behalf of a client injured as a result of a negligent driver of an armored truck. Additionally, he has served as lead counsel in over 25 jury trials which is rare for a lawyer of his age. Many injury lawyers have never tried a case and a vast majority have tried less than 5 jury trials in their career."


    Trellis 14-Day Free Trial: http://trellis.law/free-trial/activate/On-Premises

    "Democratizing access to the law by making state trial court records and legal data more accessible is a necessary step in bringing greater transparency to our judicial system, and is central to our core mission here at Trellis.

    Whether you want to see how specific legal issues are decided across counties and states, understand how judges have ruled on similar motions, or gain strategic insights on your opposing counsel ... Trellis is strategic research for smart practitioners."

    Kurt Kastorf, Esq.
    Host Law Firm Website: https://www.beacon.legal/

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Sean Claggett on Brain Injuries & Collapsing Swing Sets

    Sean Claggett on Brain Injuries & Collapsing Swing Sets

    On a Nevada playground in 2013 a swing set tragically collapses on a teenager's head causing a traumatic brain injury. As it turns out, the homeowner's association responsible for the maintenance of the swing set knew of two prior collapses – but still failed to properly maintain the swing set. 

    $2,000,000.00 - the HOA's insurance coverage policy limits.

    $125,000.00 - the top offer from the HOA before trial.

    $20,000,000.00 - the jury's verdict for the victim, obtained by trial attorney Sean Claggett of Claggett and Sykes in Las Vegas, Nevada.


    Sean Claggett is an established Las Vegas personal injury attorney and handles difficult cases across the country. Sean founded Claggett & Sykes Law Firm in 2005, and is the firm’s lead trial lawyer.
    In 2017, Sean was recognized by his fellow trial lawyers of the Nevada Justice Association as Nevada’s Trial Attorney of the Year.

    In 2016, Sean had the fourth most influential verdict in the United States according to Courtroom View Network, stemming from a slip and fall at Lowe’s in which his client suffered a TBI after she slipped, fell, and knocked down a three-foot yellow warning cone. Lowe’s top offer before the verdict was $1,400,000.00, and the referring plaintiff attorney offered to resolve the case for $1,749,999.99. The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $16,430,000.00.
    Sean’s trial success continued with two verdicts in 2018 in the amounts of $20,000,000.00 and $3,382,000.00. Sean’s verdict of $20,000,000.00 was recognized as the fourth most influential verdict in the United States according to Courtroom View Network, stemming from a negligence case against an HOA for failing to maintain its swing set. The HOA’s top offer before trial was $400,000.00, and the referring plaintiff offered the HOA to resolve the case for $949,000.00. The plaintiff in the case suffered a TBI.
    Sean’s trial success continued in 2019 as he obtained a verdict of $645,814.33 in which there was a 16-day gap in treatment after the initial wreck, and then, after eight months of physical therapy treatment, there was a three and a half year gap in treatment before the plaintiff obtained further treatment for his back injury. The top offer from the defense was $50,000.00, and the referring attorney agreed to accept $180,000.00 to resolve the case prior to trial.
    Later that year, Sean received an honorable mention from Courtroom View Network as having one of the year’s most impressive trials for his work on a medical malpractice trial where his client suffered a TBI. Sean asked for $63,000,000.00 in closing arguments and the case settled before the jury returned a verdict.
    In 2020, Courtroom View Network named Sean to its “Who We’re Watching” list. Courtroom View Network says that after more than a decade of capturing trials for its streaming network, the lawyers on this list are its best of the best of the decade and are the lawyers that other lawyers should watch if they’re looking to improve their craft.
    In 2021, Sean obtained a $38,750,000 verdict on behalf the mother of an 11-year girl who was killed by a garbage truck while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. The top defense offer before trial was $1,000,000.
    After graduating from Boyd School of Law, Sean was employed at a high-profile criminal defense law firm. After working for this firm for over two and a half years, Sean made the decision to start his own firm. On January 1, 2005, Sean opened his own law firm with a single client and one employee. Today Claggett & Sykes Law Firm has over 60 employees, including over 20 attorneys.
    Campbell Law


    Host Law Firm Website: https://www.beacon.legal/

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

gables mom ,

Great personal injury success stories

Great conversations with Americas top premises lawyers! Keep it up!!!

-Stephanie Graves, Miami, @tbi.esq

ginamprb ,

Great podcast for all not just lawyers!

Really enjoyed the open ness and genuine conversations in the podcast interviews. Great information beyond the legal nature and definitely for an audience beyond just lawyers!

Blake Moore ,

Unique Insights

I have never heard another podcast like On Premises. It’s a podcast for lawyers that takes you behind the scenes on some big premises liability cases. Landon walks you through each case and draws out the lessons worth learning. Fantastic work. Absolutely worth checking out.

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