We had the good fortune of connecting with Omid Rejali and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Omid, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
LawPer is an innovative online platform connecting injured victims to personal injury lawyers. Its innovative pricing structure will have a big impact on injured victims being able to save money and keep more of their settlement dollars.
I started LawPer out of my frustration with the personal injury industry and greedy lawyers. LawPer changes the average contingency pricing-the model where the attorney does not get paid until the case is settled.
Currently the customary rate for personal injury lawyers contingency fee is 331/3% if the injured victims case settles before a lawsuit is filed, and 40% thereafter.
I found the pricing to be excessive and not commensurate to the amount of work that is being done. I also, found that the injured victims are the one’s in much more need of the money than attorneys. This is because as attorneys, we are in a position to help many people. But the injured victims may only go through an injury caused by another once in a life time.
And so, with LawPer, the attorneys who are on there have agreed to a reduced pricing structure. Which is 25% v. 331/3% if the case settles before a lawsuit is filed, 331/3% if lawsuit is filed as opposed to 40%, and 40% only if the case goes to trial.
LawPer’s mission is to allow the injured people to keep more of their settlement dollars, with the understanding that without the unfortunate event brought into their life, through no fault of their own, the attorneys would not have the privilege of representing them.
What should our readers know about your business?
Aside from LawPer I am also the Founder and senior trial lawyer at Rejali Law Firm, APC. I believe what sets my firm apart is the willingness to try cases, empathize with my clients and make sure that I get them what they truly deserve no matter what it takes.
Doing the right thing is not easy, and certainly as of the time of this writing, I regularly am worried about many things, especially finances. Personal Injury cases are extremely capital intensive and it is difficult to go on sometimes months without having any income. However, I always try to take a step back and ask myself: am I doing the right thing here? If the answer is yes, then it does not matter, because 9 out of 10, a jury sees that and your client prevails.
Along the way, I have faced many challenges. I’d say one of the main one’s is my mental health. I suffer from Bipolar 1 disorder, and by all accounts I should not be functioning as a “normal” person. But, I chose to look at my condition in a positive light instead of negatively. Once I realized the many powers that come with the condition, all I had to do was to adapt my surroundings, and my works around that. Today, I see my mental health condition as a power source and am able to tap into it when I need to.
To help other who are suffering from mental health and bring more awareness, I also have created a non profit organization called Rejali Foundation. You can learn more about it at www.rejalifoundation.org and give it a follow on instagram at @rejalifoundation.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh man, I’m terrible at this. lol.
I would take them to a couple of the breweries down here in San Diego, take them to Balboa park and then likely hit up to Temecula and visit some wineries up there.
As far as food is concerned I would take them to a steakhouse. I would have to do some research to see which one, but likely Ruth’s Chris would be on the list.
I’d have to admit, I’m pretty bad at planning things and need to work on it 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Great question. First and foremost, I would have to give credit to my wife, Jessica Fridman for helping me emotionally, and mentally and showing me what it means to unconditionally love someone.
I also am grateful to the Trial Lawyers College, and specifically Don Clarkson for opening my eyes and helping me get out of the psychological hole I had been for a long time.
John Gomez, from Gomez Trial Attorneys has been an instrumental player in my life in showing me how to try cases and always being there as a mentor.
Jim Brown, another mentor of mine, certainly has helped me tremendously in being able to be myself.
There are many others that helped me along the way, including my mother for loving me unconditionally and showing me that everything is possible in the world.
Finally, I dedicate LawPer to my son Eli. The love and joy he’s brought into my life is unmatched and want him to know that doing the right thing in life is not always the easiest thing to do, but it is the BEST thing to do and, will lead you to beautiful places.