Daniel Smith

Daniel is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  He has seen tragedy and built his experience to stop it.  His knowledge of the legal system and ability to navigate the complex processes allow for his clients to be successful. He is always striving to better himself by participating in and attending numerous conferences.

L. Sherril Davis

Sherril has been fighting for the underserved since she graduated from law school.  She understands what it takes to as a Public Defender and working with the South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense.  Her ability to empathize and advocate for her clients against those who do not is why she is a perfect fit for the Firm.

She is actively involved as a Leadership Member of the South Carolina Women’s Lawyer Association and the South Carolina Black Lawyers Association. 

Peter Barnett

Peter is a Washington native and began his legal career fighting the largest banking institutions for people about to lose their homes to foreclosure.  After seeing those injustices, Peter turned his sights on the insurance companies and tirelessly fights to help people recover substantial settlements in personal injury cases.

Peter brings a compassionate and tailored approach to each case and utilizes his litigation background to fighting for those injured with no way to combat the insurance industry. When Peter isn’t working, he enjoys rock climbing, doing CrossFit, hosting barbecues, and supporting his local sports teams. Go hawks!

Malik James

Malik is a fourth generation United States Marine who utilizes his learned skillset on behalf of the underdog. He served a tour in Iraq where he was honorably discharged and immediately pursued his legal career.

While in law school, he worked as an advisor for Western Aid of Missouri and the Kansas City Mexican Consulate where he provided free legal services to minorities, those needing financial assistance and Mexican nationals.

Malik has used his unique abilities to settle millions of dollars in cases on behalf of his clients.

Matthew Forsythe

Matthew began his legal career on the other side of the table representing the construction industry.  He saw up close the struggle everyday people have in fighting against powerful interests. 

Matthew has been fighting for the underdog for the last 17 years.  His fight is personal. When he worked in Rome he assisted Soviet Jews to escape religious persecution. 

Matthew is an Eagle Scout and a life-long supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and enjoys his time with his wife Deanna and their 3 kids.

Jason Skala

Jason is a lifelong Alaskan raised in Chugiak, Alaska. He attended elementary school, junior high, and high school in Chugiak/Eagle River, graduating from Chugiak High School in 1990. He went on to play college football at Kenyon College. After lettering, he transferred to Cornell University, where he received my bachelor of arts in political science in 1993. He graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California in 1999, and he is a member of the California and Alaska state and federal bars.

Growing up in Alaska, he developed a lifelong love for the outdoors and a deep respect for the skills and knowledge of indigenous Alaskans. His love of hunting brought him to Barrow (now Utqiagvik) for the first time in 1990 to attend the spring whaling festival, Nalukataq, and admire firsthand the greatest single hunting ever undertaken by humans – the sustainable harvest of whales that let humans settle and thrive in the most challenging environment on earth. Hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, and camping have also permanently impressed upon him the importance of our health and the need to be physically able to meet the demands of living in the last frontier.

His practice is limited exclusively to serious personal injury and wrongful death cases only. Lots of lawyers advertise their services for personal injury, family law, criminal law, adoptions, etc. he dedicates himself exclusively to championing the injured and representing them with a singular focus on personal injury law and recovering for his clients the maximum the law allows for their claims.

He grew up around his father’s medical office in Eagle River, where his brother, Dr. Robert Skala, continues to practice family medicine. He has a lifelong familiarity with the medical challenges faced by seriously injured Alaskans -their friends and families that have to lean in to support them in their time of need.

It is his goal to provide our clients with the information they need to make informed decisions about their cases and to take away any mystery, apprehension, or anxiety about the claims process.

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