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Super Lawyers Magazine featured an article on a "Super" insurance defense lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, and managing an 80 lawyer firm. He is revered by his peers and coveted by insurance carriers who want the very best legal representation possible. A noted Los Angeles trial attorney, remarked that this lawyer is "smart, quick, and agile; I wouldn't want to go up against him in court."

Of the more than 150 jury trials in this Super Lawyer's career he has only had three losses. Jim Ballidis of Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie was successful in winning one of the three jury verdicts against this lawyer. Additionally, this lawyer noted that Mr. Ballidis' verdict against him was the largest verdict that had ever been rendered against him.

Thank you for your hard work and diligence Michael.


I received the initial check. I appreciate all you and the team have done to assist me when others would not.


Thank you,



Dear Jim Ballidis,

Thank you so much for all of your help, and what your team did for us after Andy’s car accident. As you can see from the pictures, we finally have his car put back together. … As for Andy, he is doing well, but does not have as many glitches as the car. I want to thank you for the knowledge you gave me the day of the accident, and to Amy, Samantha, and Brian for all the calls they made including the insurance companies and the hospital so I could do my job; taking care of Andy.

Thanks again for all your time and effort given to us.




I apologize for taking so long to get back to you about (other legal matters).  This note does give me an opportunity to reiterate my thanks to you and your staff for your efforts on our behalf over the last two years.  Your careful record-keeping saved me a lot of unfamiliar accounting and surely avoided many problems.  Your diligent attention to the character of insurance policies involved, and your persistent negotiations with Medicare, Blue Shield, two hospitals and the insurance company, resulted in a very satisfactory settlement.  Since I cannot recover the two lost years, the settlement is a welcome compensation.  If the occasion arises, I will not hesitate to recommend your firm to my family and friends.  R.C.


Thank you for the “Avoiding Lawyer Advertizing Hype!” manual.  It is a refreshing read about one of the most misunderstood processes that the average person might have to go through.  Being a semi-contracts lawyer by experience because I am a Civil Engineer and I work in construction management, I realized the truth in the information you have compiled in this really good little book.

If I had this book twenty years ago I would have had a lot less trouble with the court system at the time.  Needless to say I did not fare well, but I am resourceful enough to have survived and done well for myself to date.  It is true that if one does not understand that one must choose a legal professional based on the discipline of law that they work in, then one is really trying to shove a round peg in a square hole.  I also like to note the revelation of the Martindale-Hubbell agency is well worth noting for future reference and I am definitely going to keep your publication in a promenade location for future reference because I have been through the daunting task of finding a lawyer a couple of time now.

Thanks again for your generosity in sending your book. 
Sincerely, Everett


Thank you, it [the book] did arrive.  It is excellent. Well written and straight to the point. I called and had a good experience with one of your case managers on Friday and he got me going in the right direction.  It does not look like I have a strong case but  I appreciate his candor and the good advice he offered. 

Thank you very much,  I hope I never need to put you guys on a case but be assured that if I do need an attorney, you will be the first call.

Aloha, Mike Ford

Mike Ford

Mr Ballidis,

Thank you for the book.  It had helped me ask poignant questions when interviewing candidates in the state of Texas.  I now have on retainer a lawyer who I feel, is competent.  thanks again.



Thank you James, I ordered your book and found it really helpful.  It removed all doubt about finding the right lawyer and not just listening to the advertising out there.  Thanks again.  John


J.L.  To Michael Mazal 10/26/09  I wanted to send you a note of Thanks for all your assistance in my recent deposition...  Not being a usual occurrence for me it was a nervous experience made easier by knowing that you would oversee my actions and words with caution as well as respect. 

Thank you for your vote of confidence and support in this process.  I appreciate everything you have and are doing for my case and I want you to know that I have the utmost assurance in your abilities...

H.P.  You were wonderful throughout my case.  Thank you so much for taking the time to explain the process so that I could feel comfortable.  When I was hurt, I really did not know where to turn and Suzanne was comforting and knowledgable.  Thanks again for all you did.

J.M.G  You were the only lawyer to take my case. Three other "Big Shot" lawyers turned me down because the police report was written against me. You believed in me and my story and for that I will always be greatful.  I was shocked when you located those witnesses against me, and even more shocked when they told you they had been misquoted by the police. When they supported my version, I almost fell down in tears. To think, I almost gave up my case until you were hired. Enclosed is a lion, my gift to the lawyer that never quits and believed in me.  Thanks for everything.

S.H.  You are always assisting us when we need it during this hard time in our lives.  Thank you so much for all your help.

R.&T. D.   "I just want to take a moment to say thank you for everything."  

T.C.   "...just a note to let you know how much I appreciate all that you've done...guide me through at a time when it seemed nobody could help."  

M.B.   "Just a note to thank you for the great job you did on my personal injury case. Not only were you thorough, but expedient as well."

 D.E.  "Your name came to my attention from a source within a major insurance company. This company respects you as an adversary and considers your integrity beyond reproach."  

P.B.   "On behalf of my stepson, M.O., I want to thank and commend you for your frankly remarkable efforts in settling his injury cases. ...Your handling of both cases was done diligently, and the most recent resolution on the bad faith claim is, as I said, remarkable. Your skillful negotiation has helped M. through a very difficult period of his life..."

J.J.   "When my sister's accident occurred, I did not hesitate to recommend your law firm. Your staff was most helpful and encouraging to me during my suit. I know S. is in excellent hands."  

S.F.   "Thank you for all your great work on my case. Thank you for helping me not be nervous in the courthouse. I admire talent and knowledge, which you have a lot of. I will let my friends know to call you. I already gave your card to two people who were in recent accidents." 

C.W.   "...just received your letter regarding the full waiver of my medical fees. I cannot begin to tell you how much that means to my family. Thank you so much for all of your time and kindness."  

E.P.   "This Law Firm was not only equal to but better than represented. ...you have sound working people worthy of trust." 

C.G.   "...two other attorneys told me my case wasn't worthy of their time. You agreed to take my case, personally helped me obtain financing on my car, and with your staff saw everything to the finish. But most important to me, you and everyone else in your office expressed a genuine caring during the entire process."  

L.Z.  “Thank you for doing such a fine job on my case."  

R. & B. W.  "...thank you for all your hard work for us on R.'s case. There were several times we nearly quit-but you wouldn't."  

S.C.  "I cannot possibly thank you enough enough for the years of great service you have presented me with. Too bad that all individuals cannot exert such professionalism, character, and charm..."

Judge A.P.   "It is unusual for me to observe an attorney who has developed as close a personal/professional bond with the client as you did in the case that we mediated. ...In this case your demonstrated caring and compassion, and genuine concern for the client's best interest, was communicated throughout the settlement conference process. In a highly professional manner you demonstrated that if the client was not well taken care of, you would without question take the case to trial. ...You should be commended for your hard work, legal competence and commitment to the interest of your client."

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