Colleen Pratt | Personal Injury Lawyer
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Colleen M. Pratt was born and raised in Southern California and is an alumnus of Western State University College of Law where she graduated with Cum Laude honors. While at Western she was proud to be a member of the Women's Law Association, received nine American Jurisprudence awards, and was an editor of Law Review. Over the past 14 years her focus of practice has been civil litigation with an emphasis on Personal injury and Workers' Compensation. Ms. Pratt is known for her sensitivity, optimism, dedication to her clients, high rate of client satisfaction and excellent case results. She has an unshakable passion for demanding the best results for her clients. "I want my clients to know that everyday the entire staff of our law firm is dedicated to assisting that client back to a healthy lifestyle and compensating them to the fullest extent of the law!" Ms. Pratt has handled thousands of cases and her accomplishments in California run from the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board through the California Superior Court to the California Court of Appeal. She has also successfully litigated cases outside of California before the United States District Court, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, Wyoming Supreme Court, and North Dakota Supreme Court. Her watchword always has been and will continue to be: Commitment. When not practicing law, Ms. Pratt enjoys snowboarding, motorcycle riding, baking, and playing with her dogs.
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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
Our firm represented a plaintiff with a catastrophic injury stemming from a multi-vehicle interstate collision. The case involved complex issues of insurance coverage and insurance policy interpretation. After prevailing at the Federal District Court level in North Dakota, the case was appealed by the insurance company and was presented to the Wyoming Supreme Court to decide a crucial question of contract interpretation which would change the law in Wyoming. After oral argument before the state Supreme Court, the Court ruled in our favor, adopting what is commonly known as the Notice-Prejudice Rule, which affords leniency to policy holders who delay in reporting an accident to their insurance company. The Notice-Prejudice Rule requires an insurance company who denies coverage based on late notice to show that the late reporting prejudiced the insurance company in its investigation of the accident. This requirement prevents insurance companies from denying coverage on the grounds of untimely notice where there is no detrimental impact to the insurance company, assisting both policy holders and injured individuals alike.
How did you build a successful practice?
Initially, I did print advertising including various periodicals and newspapers. As the advertising industry evolved and shifted toward internet marketing, I created had a website created. Slowly, we started developing an online presence with various search engines. Currently, the majority of our cases come from either our online presence or from word-of-mouth referrals from past clients and other attorneys. Indeed, the best compliment I can receive is a former client recommending my services or a past adversary in a case referring a potential client to me.
What should clients look for in a lawyer?
I believe clients should look for an honest attorney who is tells it like it is. No one benefits from an attorney who promises a client more than the attorney can ultimately deliver -- such a practice creates unrealistic expectations and that’s not fair to the client. Additionally, a client should also look for an attorney who is aggressive AND experienced - one attribute without the other is not beneficial. But the perfect combination of good work ethic, tenacity, aggressiveness and experience will be invaluable to a client.
How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
In my opinion, local knowledge is important but should not be the end-all deciding factor in choosing an attorney. There are positive and negative qualities in both local and out of area attorneys. A client should be more concerned with the attorney’s track record of success and attributes such as positive work ethic, aggressiveness and experience.
What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
My free phone consultation provides a prospective client with my opinion regarding his or her case, including options for settlement, potential strengths and weaknesses, etc.. I also provide a general roadmap of the life of a case and what to expect during the process.
What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
For a workers’ compensation case, I simply need the employer’s identity, employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company (if known), and information regarding the injury. For a personal injury case, I will need information relating to the parties involved in the incident, insurance information (if known), and details regarding how the incident occurred.
What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I believe I possess an effective balance of compassion, experience and aggressiveness. I also pride myself on possessing effective negotiation and communication skills.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Helping people. There are far more intrinsic than extrinsic rewards when I am able to procure a settlement or verdict for someone and I see the look on his or face. That brings me joy.
What are your other interests in addition to law?
I enjoy motorcycle riding, snowboarding, working out, reading, writing, and playing with my three dogs.
Are you involved in your community?
Not really. Too busy at the office and in court!
|Partner||Ainbinder Pratt Attorneys||Long Beach, California||2002-Present|
|Western State University College of Law||J.D.||Law School||2002|
|California State University; Dominguez Hills||B.A||Psychology||1997|
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- Member | California State Bar Association
Honors & Awards
- Client Rating | Martindale-Hubbell | 2013
9 Jurisprudence Awards | Western State University of Law
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|(2002) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association.||June 19, 2017|
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Fee:Workers Compensation 15% contingency fee. No Recovery, No Fee.
Personal Injury 33% - 40% contingency fee. No Recovery, No Fee.
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4510 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804
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