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    Tate Johnson


    Tate has a broad range of business and legal experience to leverage as he approaches each new client matter.  After graduating from "The" Ohio State University with a degree in Finance, Tate spent several years traveling internationally to perform business consulting and auditing functions for a large corporation. Following a 2 year hiatus to help run a family security business, Tate joined the business consulting group of Ernst & Young, LLP.  Tate worked with clients in various industries, including manufacturing, banking, and energy.
    After several years of corporate experience, Tate attended Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. During law school, Tate worked for a local law firm where he assisted with both criminal and civil litigation. Upon graduation, Tate accepted a position with Garretson Resolution Group in Cincinnati, OH, where he served as a Director. In this role, Tate developed and led the sales team, and he was heavily involved in marketing and operations. Tate also spoke to attorneys across the country at various continuing legal education seminars on the topic of Medicare, Medicaid, and Private Healthcare matters in personal injury litigation. Tate's clients included personal injury and mass tort attorneys throughout the country, where he consulted with them on healthcare and settlement related matters.
    Tate started his own law firm after years of consulting with firms across the country.  He has seeen it all, and has developed a very simple formula for running a successful law practice - Listen to your clients and do everything in your power to help them reach their goals.  Whether it's a personal injury matter, a business dispute, or anything in between, Tate has developed broad skills that can be applied to help his clients reach the best possible result.
    On a personal note, Tate has lived in West Chester, Ohio his entire life except during his undergraduate and law school studies. Spending time with his wife and 3 young daughters comes first, followed by a love of good food (cooking and eating) and traveling.

    William J. Lapham II

    William "Joe" Lapham has been practicing personal injury law exclusively for the past 12 years in Denver, Colorado.  While Tate spent some time in corporate America before establishing his law practice, Joe studied criminal justice in college and entered law school immediately thereafter.  Originally from Ashtabula, OH, Joe has Ohio roots and lived here until he completed law school.
    Joe's litigation and trial experience brings tremendous value to our clients.  Insurance companies do their homework and know which law firms like the quick settlement, and which ones will stand up for their clients and fight for fair compensation.  Joe's litigation track record speaks for itself and certainly adds an important element to our firm.  
    Joe is married with 2 young boys and enjoys time with his family as well as football season, when his true passion outside of family and his law practice comes to life - Ohio State Buckeyes football.