Pintas & Mullins is partnering with another plaintiff who is across the Black Lives Matter map: Ben Crump Law, who represents the families of Floyd, Blake, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others.
"The Floyd family call came through our office," said Pintas & Mullins partner Laura Mullins, referring to the death resulting from the May 25 death of Floyd by Minneapolis police.
Pintas and Crump have a joint Chief Marketing Officer (a seasoned Chicago advertising man), a joint PR person, and a joint Chicago address. Long before Floyd, Taylor and Arbery died, the two companies worked with victims of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis and cancer users of Roundup herbicide and Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products.
Mullins says her company "operates and manages all aspects of Tallah, Florida-based Crump & # 39; s Tallahassee." Both law firms are focused on resolving promising cases and referring many to other law firms with more expertise in and out of the courtroom.
Pintas makes no secret of this in its marketing. "We work with the best litigation attorneys in the country, so each client works with an aggressive attorney who specializes in their case type," the website said.
According to Mullins, the firm has 10 lawyers among 100+ employees and has served 300 law firms and 20,000 clients nationwide. No income is disclosed.
"Ben Crump is not a prosecutor or criminal defense attorney," said a Crump spokeswoman in an email. "He has built a national network of specialized lawyers who work with him on cases to create the best teams of experts possible. This is a strength, not a weakness, and this is how these highly charged and complex cases are best handled."
Pintas & Mullins is building pipelines to trial companies such as Romanucci & Blandin in Chicago and Salvi Schostok & Pritchard in cases such as the ethylene oxide litigation related to the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook.
Antonio Romanucci commented on his work with Crump. Patrick Salvi Jr. refuses, except to say that his company's Waukegan office is near Kenosha, where Blake was shot and killed seven times by police last month.
Crump and Pintas use these established pipelines in Black Lives Matters cases. Romanucci represents Floyd's heirs and Salvi, the Blake family.
Mullins says her professional partner, William Pintas, "as the chief legal strategist on all major issues, is assembling a full legal team to join and follow Ben's lead."
The company's first joint case was the Flint water dispute, according to Mullins, who commented on email. You and Pintas refuse to be interviewed.
Pintas, 59, founded a predecessor company in 1985; Mullins, 50, joined in 1995. In 2013, Pintas was named Honorary Attorney for Mongolia in Chicago. This emerges from a press release in which he was also a principal in a lender that offers resettlement finance.
A referral company like Pintas can get a third of the legal fees, which usually depend on successful results, and make up a third of the award or settlement – a third of a third. However, there are risks: referring companies such as test companies take on professional responsibility and are liable if something goes wrong.
Marketing costs are another disadvantage. Pintas & Mullins broadcasts tons of commercials targeting nursing home neglect, clergy abuse, boy scout settlements, product liability, and conditions like mesothelioma.
"They're on TV every night. It's not cheap," says Craig Mannarino, plaintiff's lawyer in Chicago. "It's an interesting model; it has to work."
Pintas and Crump's chief marketing officer, Bill Marks, worked on consumer-facing accounts such as Denny & # 39; s, Subway and Ulta at FCB, Hal Riney and Havas, according to his LinkedIn profile.
On August 31, Mullins and Pintas filmed a 30-minute television show in Los Angeles about nursing home problems. Last year a book was published entitled "Nightmares in Nursing Homes: Fighting for the Rights of Your Loved Ones".
Another Chicago plaintiff attorney Larry Rogers Jr. has won settlements of up to $ 16 million in high-profile police shooting cases involving Betty Jones and Tarance Etheredge. He also represents the family of Sandra Bland, the Chicago area woman who died in custody in 2015 after a traffic obstruction in Texas, and Philando Castile's partner Diamond Reynolds, who was shot dead by police in suburban St. the following year has been. Paul, Minn.
Despite his track record, Rogers says recommendations don't come from Pintas & Mullins or Crump.