On the wee hours of the morning I was in a major car accident on May 6, 2009 which I was thrown out of the window of the passenger side of a car. I was left with two shattered femur bones, fractured neck, and fractured right arm. Thank God I’m still alive to tell this story, but it was one of the worst experiences of my life!!! The bright side of the whole situation was that I had a great team of lawyers working for me in the process of suing the drunk driver and the owner of the car I was in. Friends of mine recommended this law firm and Vic Hawk because they were close friends with him and he had handled cases for them. It’s funny that they recommended him because my parents were clients of one of the lawyer in this firm. I remember loving coming to this office because they would have a box of toys they would give away that were gently used. My brother and I got some good toys from that box and loved them for a long time. Vic Hawk is a very busy man handling several cases in the CSRA, so a lot of time I was unable to see him but he has a great team of people who help him with his cases and investigate things that need to be done. I met with about 3 people on his team, one of them being another lawyer in the firm, Reid Sanders. I had a hard time remember a lot of the details with the accident and that made it hard to tell what exactly happened because I was knocked unconscious as the other car ran into the back of us. I only remember seeing headlights in the windshield, the impact, and me waking up in the grass with both of my knees facing each other!!!! OUCH!!! The paralegal that was handling the case kept asking me questions about the accident but I just couldn’t remember anything. This really aggravated me because he would not let up. I did win both cases and was awarded two settlements, but that was only half of the work because I had to go to physical therapy and learn to walk again. I would have to crawl around on my butt to get around. My whole life was put on hold because of this. Let’s not talk about the pain either!!! It was hard for me to sit for long periods of time and move around without extreme pain. It was quite a humbling experience but thank God for a great team of lawyers to get the work done with professionalism and tact. This experience could not have been any better without their hard work. This was my very first time dealing with lawyers and suing someone and now I have a very high expectations of lawyers from here on out.


Right from the start when I went in for a free consultation, I knew Shawn Merzlak was the lawyer for me! Every question I had it’s like he answered without me asking. He is very knowledgeable in what he does and very intelligent. This was my first time ever being in legal trouble. I was expecting to “shop” around for the perfect lawyer but luckily the hawk law firm was a one-stop shop. Shawn guided me through the process of what was going to happen and what I should expect. He was on top of my case! Never once did I feel like I had to push him to do his job. He was calling me telling me this or that was done I was shocked. An affordable lawyer that wants what’s best for you and will fight for that. Almost unbelievable right? Not with Shawn, it isn’t. I was also expecting to have to take classes and possibly be put on brief probation with a few fines. My case was dismissed after the first hearing thanks to Shawn. My background looks perfect once again I won’t have to worry about jobs or companies running background checks on me anymore. I highly recommend Shawn Merzlak to anyone with legal troubles 5/5 10/10

Tim F.