John Miller

John Miller Law (JML) was founded in 2001 by New Zealand’s leading ACC law expert and former senior law lecturer at Victoria University. John Miller has represented injured people for the last 40 years and is a tireless campaigner for ACC claimants’ rights. He is a sought-after media commentator and author on personal injury law.

Our egalitarian philosophy inspires a different kind of interaction with our clients. John has been awarded many accolades for his work, including the Millennium Human Rights Award (2000) and Wellingtonian of the Year (2002) for his long-term efforts on behalf of injured claimants. In 2006, Victoria University of Wellington dedicated an annual John Miller Community Service Award for law students demonstrating an outstanding contribution to the community.

JML has represented thousands of clients. We are well known for our effective results in resolving accident compensation disputes from Tribunal Reviews right through to the Court of Appeal. As well as personal injury compensation matters, JML also specialises in Mental Health Law in the Wellington region.

The Personal Injury Law Practice:

If you have been injured in anyway, in New Zealand or overseas, JML can help ensure you are getting your full cover and compensation entitlements. We can review your ACC file, tell you your rights and represent you at a Tribunal review or a Court appeal. Although we are based in Wellington, we can help you wherever you live in New Zealand. When you are dealing with the Accident Compensation Corporation, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Because we know ACC law and procedures inside out, we can help you navigate the system and ensure you are getting your full compensatory entitlements.

Our experts can help you with claims/disputes concerning your Lump Sum/Independence Allowance, Weekly Compensation, Cover, Vocational Independence, Surgery, Home Help, Attendant Care, Rehabilitation and many other entitlements. If you have received a recent decision from ACC that you wish to challenge, it is important that you get in touch with us as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. The first step is to download our ACC Application Pack. Complete it, sign the Authority to Act (so that we can access your ACC file) and send the Application Pack back to us. A JML representative will then be in contact with you to properly advise you of the next steps in the progression of your ACC dispute.

John Miller Law:

John Miller Law’s reputation in obtaining excellent results for ACC claimants is second to none. We have successfully represented thousands of claimants, both here in NZ and overseas. Whether it is mediation, or a review hearing with ACC, or an appeal to the District or High Court, John Miller Law can assure you of expert legal advice and representation with compassion and empathy to your situation.

Our staff are highly trained ACC medico-legal specialists with additional expertise in Mental Health and Criminal Law. We look forward to working with you and looking after your interests.

Carlos Villacorta Salís

Leaders in Law endorses Carlos Villacorta Salís as our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in France. If you wish to get in touch with Carlos please use the contact information provided above.

Carlos Villacorta Salís is a lawyer, member of the Madrid Bar Association and managing partner of BCV Lex Madrid’s offices.

He has been involved since 1992 as a plaintiff lawyer in cases related to numerous international aviation accidents and incidents.

In the aviation field his Firm has represented over 3,000 clients, family members of nearly 1,000 passengers affected by more than 30 accidents.

Throughout the years, he has focused on defective products litigation, in cases such as the BAL/DHL midair collision over Lake Konstanz (Germany), the Flash Airlines accident in Charm-El-Sheikh (Egypt), and more recently in the Spanair tragedy at Barajas Airport (Spain), or the Air France accident in the Atlantic Ocean.

His work also covers other areas of cross-border personal injury litigation (RTA, medical negligence, pharmaceutical liability, product liability, collective damages, etc.).

He has been a frequent speaker at numerous national and international events (Peopil, GJN, BIICL, UPM, UNIA, ICAM) and written articles around different legal subjects.

He is member of the AAJ (Governor), Peopil, Global Justice Network Ltd. (Board member) and Legal Abroad (Partner). He is also Co-Chair of the Section of Aeronautical and Space Law of the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM), Vice-president of AEDAE (Spanish Association of Air and Space Law) and member of the Board of Directors of ANAVA-RC. He speaks Spanish, English, and French.

BCV Lex:

Representation and assistance for victims of plane crashes, maritime disasters, and land transportation accidents

With over 20 years’ experience, we have represented more than 3,500 victims (or their family members) of 35 plane crashes in recent years. From our offices in Madrid and Bordeaux, and with the cooperation of an international network of partners, we develop the best global strategy for these particularly complex litigation proceedings, which always include an international component often overlooked by those whose expertise lies elsewhere.

Our area of practice likewise extends to victims of other types of public transport accidents, such as maritime disasters and train crashes.

We also have experience in representing the victims of powerful pharmaceutical companies that have sold defective products, putting people’s health and lives at risk, as well as the victims of medical malpractice.

Only a specialized law firm that is fully conversant with International Codes and Regulations and how big corporations operate is capable of representing victims the way they deserve.

Leonardo Amarente

The Leonardo Amarante Advogados Associados office has accumulated 30 years of experience in actions related to Civil Responsibility, acting in defense and in the search for effective moral and material reparation, through the compensation of victims and relatives.

The decisive performance in cases such as Bateau Mouche, Palace II, Hemophiliacs contaminated in blood transfusions and more recently with 50 families of the largest air accident in Brazil occurred with the GOL airplane put the office among the country’s main in its area of ​​action.

In addition to its national activities in the different judicial bodies, the office is associated with the Global Justice Network , an international entity whose purpose is to promote the access of citizens of diverse nationalities to jurisdictions of foreign countries.

With the advent of globalization, more and more Brazilians travel abroad for business or tourism. They are people who use interstate highways, shop in shops and shopping malls, consume products in restaurants, hire services of all kinds, and have fun in parks, ski resorts, cruises, and various other leisure options. Unfortunately, accidents happen on such occasions, often frustrating people’s travel and expectations.

Aiming to meet the need of Brazilians who had their rights violated on international travel, our firm formed partnerships with renowned law firms in the United States, Canada and Europe, aiming at facilitating actions that are often left behind by the injured, either because there is no interest in discussing issues that have only brought displeasure, or because they believe it is very difficult or costly to hire a lawyer abroad.

Our office can help you exercise your rights before US and European courts, raising your doubts about the functioning of legal systems in America and Europe, and clarifying important issues regarding process time and costs. The orientation of our work has always been focused on meeting customer demands in an agile and economical way.

Mary E. Alexander

Most lawyers take on a case – a few take on a cause. Over the past 30 years, Mary Alexander has earned a national reputation for her work protecting consumer rights, winning the respect of clients and colleagues alike. A past president of both the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Consumer Attorneys of California, Mary’s career – both in and out of the courtroom – has focused on one thing: ensuring that those who have been harmed by the negligent, preventable actions of others get their day in court – and get the answers, and justice, they deserve.

In the process, Mary has built a notable record of success, both before juries and at the negotiation table. Some of the highlights include:

  • A $45 million verdict for a San Mateo victim, who had her neck broken, was paralyzed for life, and became a quadriplegic when her car was struck by a driver speeding through a red light
  • A $13.3 million verdict for a severely injured client in Hall v. Yosemite Park and Curry Company, in which faulty bicycle brakes triggered a crash resulting in quadriplegia
  • A $5.5 million settlement for a long haul trucker was run over by another trucker while outside of the cab of his rig safely locking and inspecting his load.
  • A $4 million settlement in a San Francisco Municipal Railway accident, Landsverk v. CCSF
  • A $4 million settlement in a pedestrian accident, Ruszak v. State Farm

But it’s not just the results that have made Mary one of California’s most sought-after trial attorneys. It’s also a unique combination of capabilities and compassion that few lawyers can bring to their cases – or their clients. A scientist before she studied law, Mary leverages her technical background in every matter she takes on, and is well known for her ability to explain complicated theories to juries – and for using high-tech courtroom exhibits that help make difficult points easy to comprehend. She’s taken on cases other lawyers won’t, or can’t – such as child sex abuse cases – and assisted clients from all walks of life. Because someone who has been harmed is someone who should be helped.

Along the way, Mary, a graduate of Santa Clara University Law School, has been recognized repeatedly by her peers, and the press, for her work. Her awards and honors include:

  • 2019 National Law Journal Plaintiff Trailblazer
  • 2018 Top Plaintiff Attorney by the Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s “Top 10 Trial Attorneys” by the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Named a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010
  • Recognized as one of the Top 30 Women Litigators in 2002 and Top 50 Women Litigators in 2003 and 2004 by the California Daily Journal
  • Repeatedly named one of the “100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” by the California Daily Journal
  • Past editor-in-chief of Forum, a publication of the Consumer Attorneys of California
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 1997

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1982

Published Works:

  • Past Editor-in-Chief of Forum, Consumer Attorneys of California Publication

Representative Cases:

  • Hall v. Yosemite Park
  • Landsverk v. CCSF
  • Ruszak v. State Farm

Honors and Awards:

  • ABA Pursuit of Justice Award, 2003
  • ABOTA Foundation Life Fellow, 2002
  • AAJ Distinguished Service Award, 2007
  • AAJ Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus Special Recognition Award, 2006
  • AAJ Minority Caucus Trailblazer Award, 2002
  • AAJ Women’s Caucus Marie Lambert Award, 1996
  • AAJ New Lawyer’s Division of AAJ Joe Tonahill Award, 1995
  • Outstanding State Delegate Award, 1993
  • Outstanding State Delegate Award, 1996
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 1993
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2000
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2002
  • AAJ Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2004
  • Edward T. Pollack Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2004
  • Marvin E. Lewis Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1998
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1997
  • Trench Soldier Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1994 – 1996
  • Trench Soldier Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1996
  • President’s Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2005
  • President Public Justice Award, 1996
  • 2003 Special Achievement Award, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Named by San Francisco Chronicle One of the Top Ten Trial Lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1990
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, 1986
  • Lawdragon Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, 2007
  • Northern California Superlawyers, 2005 – 2010
  • US Action Leadership Award, 2003
  • Daily Journal Top 50 Women Litigators, 2003
  • Middlesex County Bar Association Minuteman Award — Special Guest of Honor, 2002
  • Maryland. Trial Lawyers Association Award of Appreciation, 2002
  • Daily Journal Top 30 Women Litigators, 2002
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Themis Capital Corporation, 2001
  • Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California — Daily Journal, 2001 – 2003
  • Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association Award of Appreciation, 1999
  • Democratic Caucus of California State Assembly Award of Appreciation, 1996
  • Named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s “Top 10 Trial Attorneys” by the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Named a Northern California Super Lawyer, 2006 – 2010
  • Top 50 Women Litigators, by the California Daily Journal, 2004
  • Repeatedly Named One of the “100 Most Influential Attorneys in California” by the California Daily Journal
  • Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame for the State Bar of California: Litigation Section

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1982 – Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 1997 – Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, National Board, 2005 – 2006
  • College of Master Advocates and Barristers, Member
  • College of Master Advocates and Barristers, Senior Counsel
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, 1984 – Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Board Member, 2004 – 2007
  • American Association for Justice, President, 2003
  • American Association for Justice, President Elect, 2002
  • American Association for Justice, Vice President, 2001
  • American Association for Justice, Secretary, 2000
  • American Association for Justice, Treasurer, 1999
  • American Association for Justice, Parliamentarian, 1998
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, State Delegates, 1996 – 1997
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, Council of Presidents, 1996 – 1997
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, Membership Committee, 1994 – 1995
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, PAC Task Force, 1995 – 1996
  • American Association for Justice, Secretary, AAJ Endowment, 2007
  • American Association for Justice, Secretary, AAJ Endowment, 2008
  • American Association for Justice, Member, Board of AAJ Endowment, 1998 – Present
  • Roscoe Pound Institute, President, 2005
  • AAJ Leaders’ Forum, Member, 2002 – Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, President, 1996
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, President-Elect, 1995
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Vice President, 1994
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Parliamentarian, 1993
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member, Board of Governors, 1988 – 1992
  • California Women Lawyers, Member, 1982 – Present
  • National Center for State Courts, Attorney Board Member, 2004 – Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member, 1984 – 1999
  • Public Justice, Member, 1982 – Present
  • Public Justice, Member, Board of Governors, 1995 – 1999
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1995 – Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1997 – 1999
  • Consumers Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Member, Board of Visitors
  • National Crimes Victims Association, President

Brian Chase

Leaders in Law endorses Brian Chase as our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in the USA – California. If you wish to get in touch with Brian please use the contact information provided above.

Brian Chase is managing partner and senior trial attorney that heads up the litigation department of the firm. Brian was named 2019 Lawyer of the Year, 2018 Best Law Firm, 2017 High Stakes Litigator, Top Lawyer of Distinction in 2016 as well as a 2016 SuperLawyer recipient and one of America’s Best Lawyers 2016. He was the 2015 President of the Consumer Attorneys of California and is a Past President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of ABOTA. In 2014 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in products liability by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

In 2012, Chase was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California and a Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. In 2004 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year for products liability by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.

He is listed as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association since 2007. He’s also been listed as the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of distinguished Counsel. He’s earned the title of Southern California SuperLawyer since 2007 and a Top 50 Orange County SuperLawyer for the past four years.

In 2009, Mr. Chase had his book “Still Unsafe at Any Speed”- dealing with the auto industry and defective vehicles, published. He released an updated version in 2017. He is a frequent lecturer nationwide on litigation related topics and has been a frequent guest on radio and television, including appearances on “CBS Special Reports,” “Peter Jennings/World News Tonight,” “Fox 11 News” and “America’s Best Lawyers.”

Brian was lead attorney on four important, precedent-setting appellate opinions: Martinez-Mazon v. Ford Motor Company (auto products defect case dealing with Forum Non Conveniens); Romine v. Johnson Controls (auto products defects case dealing with consumer expectation test for proving defect); Schreiber v. Estate of Kiser (California Supreme Court case dealing with expert witness designations); and Hernandez v. State of California (dealing with governmental design immunity).

Christopher E. Kelman

Leaders in Law endorses Christopher Kelman as our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in Jamaica. If you wish to get in touch with Christopher, please use the contact information provided above.

Christopher Kelman comes to the firm from the University of the West Indies, followed by a stint at the Norman Manley Law School where he received his Legal Education Certificate. He has been practising law for over 17 years, most of which has been spent shaping MF&G into one of the largest, most accomplished firms in the Caribbean.

With a keen understanding of the medical realm, Christopher’s areas of expertise lie in Civil Litigation, Medical Negligence, Industrial Accidents, Administrative Law, Pensions, Maritime and Admiralty Law and Personal Injury Law.

Christopher is a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council and is a Part-Time Lecturer at the School of Medical Radiation Technology.


Myers Fletcher & Gordon:

One firm. Many stories. Our expertise spans a myriad of industries and operations, our experience resides on island and across the world—and our attorneys bring to the table relationships both beneficial and monumental.

We are a strong, competent group of attorneys. We are bolstered by extensive resources and broad expertise. We are on-island, across-the-pond and everywhere.

As one of the largest law firms in Jamaica and the Caribbean Single Market, we provide every needed and desired resource, but work with resolve to provide personalized and strategized attention.

For nearly seven decades, Myers Fletcher & Gordon has provided global corporations, government agencies and individuals with progressive and effective legal support.

Our greatest legal capabilities are in Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Law, Real Estate Law, Intellectual Property, Tax Law, Property Law, Sports Law, Competition, Aviation and Financial Regulation and Trade.

The industries we serve include Tourism, Transportation, Financial Services, Telecommunications, Mining, Energy and Labour.

Our people are our greatest asset. From Partners to Associates and support staff—we are a firm composed of dynamic, intelligent individuals. Since Jamaica’s independence, MF&G attorneys have served as trustees, Ministers of Government, Special Ambassadors and Ambassadors to the United States. Several Partners currently serve as directors of Jamaican companies, including publicly-listed companies, government entities and leading charities.


Nikos A. Rotsides

Mr Nikos A. Rotsides received his LLB (Hons) in 2007 from the City Law School in London. In the same year he trained for the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and in 2008 he was called as a Barrister to the Utter Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn.

During the same period Mr Rotsides accepted offers from City Law School and from Cass Business School and taught as a visiting lecturer Criminal Law and Business Law at a graduate and undergraduate level.

Mr Rotsides returned to Cyprus in 2008 where he has been practicing in private practice ever since. After practicing his first years as a general litigation practitioner he later focused exclusively in personal injury and medical negligence litigation.

In his years of practice as a Cyprus Lawyer he has handled a plethora of cases and has managed to achieve an excellent track record and a remarkable reputation amongst the public and his peers. In 2010 he handled a landmark case for Cypriot Courts where acting as head litigator in a €500 million dispute on behalf of the ultimate beneficial owner of a Cyprus International Trust involving property worldwide he managed to obtain a series of rarely issued worldwide Mareva injunctions providing for the protection of the Trust Property.

Mr Rotsides set up N. Rotsides & Co LLC in June 2011. Ever since Mr Rotsides has focused his practice in personal injury and compensation law and works together with clients that have suffered injuries in order to recover their fair compensation for their pain and suffering.

Silina Pavlakis

Silina graduated from the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, in 1985. Was admitted to the Athens Bar Association in 1989 after completing her practice. After practicing for a number of years before the First Instance and subsequently the Courts of Appeal of Athens and Piraeus, she was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Greece in 2004. She obtained a master’s degree from the University College of London, Faculty of Law, (LL.M., 1990).

Silina is a founding member of Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates Law Offices, and is primarily involved in Personal Injury Litigation, Maritime Accidents, Aviation Law, Commercial & Corporate Law, and Civil Law. She speaks Greek, English, French, German.

The Firm:

Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates is a law firm operating for 40 years in the centre of the legal and commercial district of Piraeus (Athens), Greece.

Our legal practice is primarily focused on providing expert legal services to claimants in personal injury / loss of life cases resulting from all types of accidents including maritime, work related, road traffic, railway, and aviation accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, accidents of tourists, mass tort incidents, human rights violations and others.

A distinct section of our firm offers expert legal services on civil, commercial and administrative issues to private and corporate clients, both Greek and foreign.

Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates consists of 6 lawyers and presently 3 apprentice lawyers.

Our lawyers are licensed to represent clients in all civil, administrative and criminal Courts in Greece, At the same time a network of cooperating local lawyers has been established in most major Greek cities.

Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates is also active internationally. The firm’s lawyers have expert knowledge and extensive experience in pursuing cases with international aspects both in Greek and foreign jurisdictions, always seeking the best forum for each case. This is achieved through our world-wide network of affiliated and associated law firms in most countries over the globe and through our close co-operation with the Embassies and Consulates of several foreign countries in Greece for the protection of their citizens’ rights in Greece and abroad.

Being members of international prominent professional organizations and associations specializing in personal injury enables us to effectively pursue our clients’ claims in the most beneficial forum, cooperating with expert lawyers worldwide.

The firm’s lawyers regularly attend and participate in conferences and seminars in Greece and abroad, either as speakers and panel members or as participants, thus keeping fully updated and informed about legal developments in their field, at national and international level.