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Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC
10516 Montwood Dr, El Paso TX 79935
Michael J. Gopin has practiced law in El Paso since 1987. Even after more than 30 years, he still remembers his first jury case. It was two weeks after receiving his license, when he represented a person whose life had been forever changed after being blinded in a work-related incident. “We convinced the jury to agree with us and received a favorable verdict,” he remembers.
This victory has stuck with him, and he is proud to have continued to build a long list of satisfied clients ever since. Michael has successfully handled countless cases of medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, and nursing home negligence. He enjoys helping people “get their lives back in order” by providing high-quality legal representation and compassionate customer service.
Michael especially likes leveling the playing field for individuals who find themselves in disputes against huge insurance companies. His law firm has earned a reputation for having the experience and the resources to go to battle against large insurers that try to delay, deny, or devalue legitimate claims.
But that’s not the only way Michael and his law firm make a difference. For about five years, he has worked with KFOX14-TV on its charitable “Pay It Forward” campaign, doing good works around the community. Examples of the firm’s contributions include raising money for the American Cancer Society in a ping-pong contest, filling up motorists’ gas tanks, purchasing customers’ groceries, or cleaning up a veteran’s yard and upgrading his air conditioner.
“I go all over the city and do nice things for people, just to make people smile and have a better day. It’s rewarding,” he says.
A native of Chicago, Michael moved to El Paso when he was 11. His uncle is a personal injury attorney, and Michael first became intrigued with the idea of practicing law as a teenager, when he served as a judge in a mock trial at Coronado High School.
He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1983 with a bachelor of business administration, majoring in accounting. He received his juris doctorate degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio.
Michael and his wife, Dawn, have six children. His two siblings and extended family also live in El Paso.
“We’re committed to the people of El Paso and the area,” he says.
When he is not working on a case, Michael is a three-time national table tennis champion and avid traveler. “I’ve been to a good percentage of the world,” he says, noting that India and New Zealand are two of the places left on his bucket list.
He’s proud of the mark the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, has made around El Paso, through three locations and a large staff ready to visit clients any time of the day or night.
El Paso native Lee R. Montion didn’t start his career in the field of personal injury law. In fact, his compassion for individuals and families struggling to cope with tragedy began when he worked as a funeral director earlier in his career. He saw families trying to pick up the pieces and make important decisions after tragic, life-altering events. This is why he knows how crucial it is to have a steady, guiding hand during difficult times.
Today, Lee draws upon this same sensitivity and empathy when assisting clients who need a personal injury attorney. “A lot of people haven’t gone through this process before,” he says. So Lee takes the time to listen to them, explain what to expect, and answer their questions.
Then, he works to ensure accident victims receive the aggressive advocacy they deserve. “Our clients are not at a fair level with an insurance adjuster. Unrepresented clients just get chewed up and spit out. Defending them and protecting our clients’ interests is definitely rewarding.”
Like many people, Lee’s first experience with the law was through television. He watched the TV series L.A. Law of the late 1980s and early 1990s with his mom. He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing before working in the funeral business for six years. Eventually, he decided to follow his calling and earned his juris doctorate from Texas A&M School of Law in 2009.
There are many aspects of Lee’s job that he enjoys. But mostly, he loves helping people. “When people are hurt and they can’t work and don’t know how they’re going to pay their bills, they’re in a pretty stressful time of need,” he says. Lee knows what a difference he can make in these people’s lives. He and the legal team at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, work hard to take the pressure off clients, answer their questions, and give them confidence that their case is in good hands.
The best measure of success is knowing his clients are satisfied. It’s especially gratifying, Lee says, “once we close out the case, and they give you a hug or a thank-you card and tell you, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.’”
Lee has been a partner with the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, since 2014 and is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico.
He jokes about having one foot in each state at home as well. “The state line goes through my back yard,” he says.
He and his wife, Jessica, have a young son and a daughter and are expecting another boy, due in April. When not working on a legal matter, he is an avid golfer with a single-digit handicap.