38th Annual SC Educational Conference on Workers' Compensation
July 15, 2014
This October the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association (SCWCEA) is holding its 38th Annual Educational Conference on Workers' Compensation and registration is now open! Make …
69th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference (Orlando, FL)
June 23, 2014
August is fast approaching, which means the 69th Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference will be here before you know it! Many of our A/K attorneys are attending this conference, and we …
Allen, Kopet & Associates, PLLC was founded in December 1995. The Founding Member, David Allen, left a large insurance defense firm because of the changing legal environment and a desire to become more forward thinking, progressive and efficient in the representation of clients. Originally established as a “boutique” firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee, specializing in the defense of workers’ compensation claims, the Firm immediately began to evolve.
Clients began seeking representation from the Firm throughout Tennessee, which necessitated the opening of the Firm’s second office in Jackson, TN in April of 1997. This allowed for representation across the State.
The Firm began to add additional staff and attorneys, seeking qualified, experienced counsel whose goals and work ethics matched those of the Firm. The Firm also began to expand its representation to include all civil litigation.
Soon it became clear, based on business volume, that additional offices would be needed to effectively and efficiently handle the growing client base. The Knoxville, TN office was opened in October 1998, followed by the opening of the Nashville, TN office in August 1999. During this same time, the client base continued to expand, as did the mix and variety of business.
Attorneys were hired strictly based on expertise in the handling of various types of business. The Firm also implemented a program to electronically link all of its offices and to provide electronic communication capabilities to all of its clients.
In early 2000, the Firm was approached about the possibility of representing several clients outside of Tennessee. This prompted the opening of offices in Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL. Continued growth spurred the opening of additional Florida offices: Tallahassee in January 2002 and Ft. Lauderdale in May 2004. Increased growth prompted the Firm to open a Kentucky office in Lexington, in September 2003. And in July of 2005, the Firm expanded into South Carolina, opening offices in Columbia and Hilton Head Island.
In April 2006, the Firm expanded into Mississippi and also continued to expand its Tennessee coverage with the opening of its Memphis office. The Firm opened its first North Carolina office in December 2006 in Charlotte, and a Raleigh/Durham office soon followed in March 2007. In August 2007, the Firm began representing clients in Alabama. Alabama representation was further expanded in August 2009, with the acquisition of the Birmingham firm of McGarrah & Davenport.
In June of 2010, the Firm branched into West Virginia by acquiring the Charleston, WV firm of Francis, Nelson & Brison, PLLC, and in May of 2011, A/K acquired the Birmingham, AL firm of McDaniel, Bains & Norris, doubling our presence in the State of Alabama. On June 1, 2011, the Firm opened its first Virginia office in Bristol. This office allows the Firm to not only serve clients throughout Virginia, but to provide more cost-effective service throughout the Tri-Cities of Tennessee. In April 2012, the Firm opened its first Midwestern office, in Chicago, IL, allowing representation across the state. Most recently, in May 2013, A/K expanded its Midwest coverage with the opening of offices in Cape Girardeau, MO and St. Louis, MO. Allen, Kopet & Associates, PLLC now represents clients in all counties in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia, allowing our clients to limit their counsel over a wide geographic area.
The Firm produces reference materials on a number of subjects, which are updated yearly and provided free of charge to our clients. The Firm maintains a website for client updates, publishes a thrice-yearly magazine updating all case law and statutory changes in all of our states, and provides free onsite seminars, upon request, to clients. Continuing Education credits are available in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Allen, Kopet & Associates, PLLC has been recognized by A.M. Best as one of its recommended Defense Firms and has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The Firm was also invited to become one of the original members of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, formerly the Council on Litigation Management and the Council on Ethical Billing, which requires nomination and approval.