While my name is James Desmond, I go by "Jim". Fancy names and fancy offices are just not my style. I have a simple philosophy in regard to car wrecks, let's just get to the crux of the matter and figure out if you have a personal injury claim, which insurance companies you can recover from and whether we can keep you out of a lawsuit. A lawsuit is a long, drawn out process that I don't want my injured clients to experience unless they have to.
I have practiced personal injury law, with a concentration on car wrecks, for over 20 years in Louisville, Kentucky. I handle automobile accidents all the way from Bowling Green, Kentucky to Evansville, Indiana. In my practice, I have handled everything from the defense of police officers to recovering the medical expenses of a motorcyclist to ERISA claims involving health plans. My legal practice has included personal injury cases involving truck accidents, slips, falls, dog bites and motorcycle accidents. I am proud to say that a lot of the car accident victims I have helped over the years have referred their injury claims of their family and friends to my law practice.
If I were like most attorneys on the internet or on television, this is the part wherein I would tell you about my past cases, and the amounts I have recovered for my clients, so you might assume that I can do the same for you. However, in my opinion, that is not how I earn your trust. If you are reading this, chances are you or your family member was involved in an automobile accident or a motorcycle wreck and are facing legal issues that you have never considered before. Very simply, I understand that! I understand the mere fact that you think you need an attorney means that you are facing issues that can be intimidating.
By definiition, if you are consulting an injury lawyer, or any kind of attorney, you are needing information about a legal process that you know nothing about. This is why I give you my cell phone so you can contact me directly and get your questions answered immediately from an experienced, injury lawyer, not a paralegal or a secretary. To tell you how strongly I believe in this principle, I have even answered my phone when I was on vacation in Disney World with my kids. Because I took 15 minutes to explain to my future client how I could help him even though I was on vacation, he waited until I returned from Florida three days later before doing anything else with his personal injury claim.
When you talk to me, you see and hear my experience. I enjoy what I do so many clients have commented to me that they can see the wheels working in my head contemplating the twenty different ways we can resolve the issues presented by your personal injury claim.
When I started my legal career as an injury attorney, I worked with the Becker Law Office which was wonderful training. I got to handle more automobile accident cases than your average lawyer. However, I don't agree with the business model of those injury lawyers who advertise on television. Those injury lawyers can afford to spend to hundreds of thousands on television advertising across several states. As a result, they have to use paralegals and "case managers", and fewer lawyers, to handle a larger than average caseload. I am sorry but if I am going to pay an injury attorney 33% or more of my personal injury claim, you can be that I want to deal with lawyer and not get second-hand information from a secretary or a paralegal. If I am demanding this kind of legal service and I work in the area of personal injury law, why shouldn't you do the same?
As an injury lawyer, I want to get the facts of your automobile accident directly from you, not through second-hand information delivered through a paralegal or secretary. After all one small fact, can drastically change how we proceed with recovering on your personal injury claim.
Moreover, I want to know that I have alleviated your concerns as they pertain to your medical treatment, the fact of the car wreck and how we are going to recover on your pain and suffering claim. I have handled personal injury claims for my parents, my aunt and friends. Also, I have experienced death of family members, friends and even my daughter. So I am well aware of the stress that injury or death causes to a family and you can bet, I will do my best to help alleviate yours. However, I can only help if you will let me.
Further, if I ever find a case is too complicated or involved for just one injury attorney or personal injury lawyer, I do not hesitate to bring in another attorney to act as co-counsel. The attorney’s fee stays the same. You just have two injury attorneys working on your behalf instead of one.
I know good attorneys who handle different areas of the law, (e.g. Worker’s Compensation, Nursing Home Neglect, Legal Malpractice). When a personal injury claim calls for it, I don't hesitate to pull them into the lawsuit. After all, this case is about you, your medical expenses, your medical treatment and the injuries you sustained in this car wreck or motorcycle accident. When your personal injury claim is closed, the insurance company will move onto the next personal injury claim. You, on the other hand, have to live with a permanent impairment from your injuries and the adverse effects it had on your family. I understand this. I won't promise you I can fix these adverse affects. I can only promise you that I will do my best to help you get back on your feet and minimize the negative effects this car wreck had on your personal life.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Owner of Desmond Law Office, PLLC, July 2005 to present.
- Car Wrecks
- Motorcycle Wrecks
- Commercial Trucking Accidents
- Wrongful Death Cases
- Kentucky, 1993
- Indiana, 1994
- University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
- J.D. - 1993
- Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
- B.A. - May, 1989
- Major: Psychology
- Instructor, Legal Research and Business Law, Sullivan College, 1996
- Instructor, Legal Research and Business Law, Kentucky College of Business, 1994
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Louisville Bar Association, Member
- Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member
- The American Association for Justice, Member
Past Employment Positions
- Attorney, Becker Law Office, 2001 - 2005, Handling Personal Injury Claims
- Metal Sales Manufacturing, Yellow Ambulance and Yellow Cab Company, Corporate Counsel, 2000 - 2001, Handling legal matters for a self-insured, motor carrier fleet
- Litigation Professional, Sharps & Associates, 1997 - 2000, Handling ERISA subrogation claims on behalf of health insurance carriers
- Clark, Ward & Cave, Associate, 1995 - 1997, Defending Insurance Companies from Personal Injury Claims
- Hollis Searcy & Associates, Associate, 1994 - 1995, Solo, general practice of law
- Judge William Graham, Franklin Circuit Court, Clerk, 1993 - 1994, Assisting a Circuit Court Judge with Memoranda, Pleadings and Opinions