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The Real-Life Client Story Behind Rocky’s Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Induction

“We get justice”— isn’t just lip-service.  It’s not some phrase we haphazardly throw around in our commercials.   We say what we mean and we do what we say.  You could say we have a bit of an addiction to helping the “little guy.”  Because we know that without our help, most times, serious injury victims would be trampled over, brushed under the rug, and left empty-handed by billion-dollar insurance companies..  The victories that we take home for our clients are always hard-fought.  We never settle for what’s on the table.  We always push for the maximum under the law because it’s what or clients deserve for their injuries and their struggles.  You don’t get the nick-name “gladiators in suits” by settling for chump change.

In our crusade for justice, we have been able to secure some of the largest trial verdicts and settlements for our clients throughout Tennessee at a time when they needed that compensation the most.  That is why it’s is our great pleasure to announce our membership to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most exclusive attorney groups in the country. Less than 1% of all attorneys in the country belong to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and even fewer are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  It’s the very telling stories of triumph of our clients over the years that have helped make Rocky a stand out shoo-in for this prestigious honor. The story of long-time client and firm friend, Craig Brueckheimer, is certainly no exception.

Rocky’s and Craig’s attorney-client relationship goes way back.  Over a decade and a half ago, when Craig was working construction he suffered life-threatening and life-altering burns to his neck, cheek, chest, back and legs in an industrial work site explosion.  Rocky secured a precedent-setting and life-changing $4 million settlement for a man who had thought he had lost it all.  But Craig’s struggles weren’t only financial, his physical injuries and setbacks weighed heavy on his heart and his shoulders. Craig explains that through it all Rocky was not only his legal advocate but that he was also his friend, his therapist, and his cheerleader; helping him to have faith that good things were going to come out of his tragedy.

“Rocky McElhaney has went way beyond being a lawyer, he is like a family member,” says Craig. “I was badly burned in an industrial accident in 2001 by phosphorus. That day my whole life changed. My family and the doctors didn’t even think I was going to make it. Thankfully, I pulled through. Rocky was there by my side from the hospital all the way through the entire fight with work comp and social security. He was there through everything. He went to the doctor visits with me, he was there when I needed him on my worst days, even asked me if he could help paint my house to help me out. I’m telling you, I don’t know of any lawyer out there who would treat me so good.

We’ve went to court several times either because workers’ comp was trying to cut my meds or because of a social security hearing. Every time it’s a nerve-racking experience, but Rocky eased my fears, told me how things were going to go every step of the way. He always did his homework, knew the law, always knew what was going on in my case and when it was time to get in front of the judge he always dominated and made things right. Because Rocky was in my corner, my case was successful.

I went through so much depression because of my accident- I can honestly say, I don’t think I’d be here if it wasn’t for him. At the bleakest times in my life he gave me hope. He even got me additional lump sum in social security payments where initially I was told I was going to be owing social security. He really turned that around!   This man is incredible.” 

Craig’s fondness for Rocky is challenged equally by Rocky’s love and support for Craig.  “I’ve been representing Craig for 15 years, I’ll stand by him ‘til the good Lord calls one of us home— he’s a good man,” said Rocky after dominating against another despicable attempt by our client’s insurance company to take away his medical benefits.  To hear more click here to watch the video of this July 1, 2015 interview.

Craig adds, “If you don’t know who to turn to after an accident like mine, or a car accident, or other personal injury and you just hire somebody else, you’re experience WILL be totally different, and you could be taking a big risk with your future. When you hire Rocky, you can trust he and his team do everything they can to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve and so desperately need. There is no attorney out there like Rocky!”