By Joy Bergman

It’s not always easy to know where to go or who to trust when it matters most, especially in difficult situations where injuries may occur and large sums of money are involved. But lucky for Tampa Bay residents, a highly respected personal injury law firm in the area, The Law Office of Chuck Philips, is better than ever after recently merging with another top-tier lawyer, Attorney Sarah Barkley Raaymakers. That’s right – the well-known Law Office of Chuck Philips is now the Law Office of Philips and Raaymakers, which means that the firm will not only be dealing with Personal Injury Law, but they will also be handling Social Security Disability cases.

Since Attorney Raaymakers officially joined the firm on April 5, the staff have been ecstatic to have her, especially her new partner Chuck. “She’s bright, she’s an excellent lawyer, and she cares…She’s very personable,” Chuck remarks. While Chuck and Sarah have known each other for years in the local lawyer realm as competitors, both attorneys got along very well, and eventually became friends. With Chuck’s experience of over 30 years in the field, he was able to offer advice for the up-and-coming lawyer when she needed it. Thinking back, Sarah remarks that “Chuck has really been a mentor.” However, it wasn’t just their friendship that prompted the two go-getter lawyers to start a partnership; both attorneys also share the same philosophy of “quality, not quantity.” Now at the Law office of Philips and Raaymakers, every client will be able to meet both Chuck and Sarah, and receive a unique “personalized representation” that is focused on them. After all, the lawyers don’t just take on every case, but rather the ones that they truly believe in.

Past clients have been impressed with the attorneys’ people-first mentality, and one client named Nathan had this to say about his experience with Chuck: “After consultations with numerous attorneys I found Chuck to have been the most professional, knowledgeable, and caring attorney I spoke to. Chuck always has the time to help and listen. Rare in attorneys these days. Thank you for easing my mind through such a stressful time. I highly recommend him and his staff.”

Like Chuck, Sarah also has a bevy of great reviews from clients all over the area who appreciate her dedication to them. A client named Jessica wrote: “My husband and I were in a serious car accident and had no idea where to begin or go for legal help, luckily we were referred to Sarah by my husband’s mother…She was wonderful, she met with us on our schedule and treated us like real individuals, she worked hard for us and got us more than we expected to get. The process was very quick and not drug out, which we were very happy about… We have nothing but praises and recommendations, and we would definitely use her legal representation again if ever needed.”

One might say, Sarah and Chuck were destined to be lawyers, as both of their fathers were successful attorneys. With a loving father who held a great career as a county judge, Sarah learned from her dad that it was possible to have a career in law while still putting family first. As she grew up with an interest in the profession, Sarah interned at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office the summer before she started college in her home of Charlottesville, Virginia. Here, the aspiring lawyer played an eye-opening role in assisting victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders over their abusers. Later on in school at the College of William and Mary, Sarah was employed by a solo practitioner to handle claims of Social Security Disability, which would eventually become part of her specialty. After earning her B.A. in 2006, the determined student transferred to the same law school in Florida that both her father and Chuck attended: Stetson University College of Law. Not long after she began studying there, Sarah started interning for the Pinellas County Public Defender’s office and clerking for a big-name firm in the area. She graduated in 2009 with her Juris Doctorate, J.D., and then decided to make Florida her permanent home.

Sarah stayed on at the firm she interned for, and after much success, she became a partner there. During her practice, Sarah met Chuck, and the two eventually bonded over cases. It wasn’t until one case in particular took place, however, that the attorneys saw a true sign that they were meant to work together. As a lawyer who represents seriously injured and disabled people, Sarah came across a young, nonverbal client who was being abused at school. While other lawyers dismissed the case upon seeing the difficulty of proving the abuse, Sarah decided to take it on anyway. As it happened, Chuck ended up being appointed as a third-party attorney to review the case, in which he was able to witness Sarah’s hard work in a new light. And because of her dedication to doing the right thing, her client received a bigger settlement than what anyone thought was possible. This case ended up playing a big role in Sarah’s decision to start her partnership with Chuck.

With Chuck’s background as a former insurance defense attorney and his success as a personal injury lawyer, both he and Sarah represent seriously injured and disabled people, as well as those with Social Security Disability and Insurance Coverage issues. The licensed Florida Bar attorneys handle a variety of cases in total, including Auto Accidents, Uninsured/Under-insured Motorists, Wrongful Death, Catastrophic Injury, and more. Along with Sharon, Casey and Jeannine, their helpful team of legal assistants, Sarah and Chuck care more about helping you with your “next step of life,” than how much money they can make off your case.

And although they’ve only been in business together for a short time, the attorney duo have already shown the community that they really care about people. For example, Chuck and Sarah recently hosted a scholarship opportunity for students who have overcome adversities or traumatic events. They had resounding feedback as they gave out $500.00 scholarships to eight hard-working students from four local high schools. But that’s not the only way they’ve been able to give back. As the wife of a United States Air Force Veteran, Sarah is passionate about Veterans and supports groups like the 495th Legends and the Pasco County Stand Down. She is also involved in several local homeless outreaches. Chuck is personally involved with several organizations as well, including the John Hopkins All Children’s Development Council, the Bay Area Pregnancy Center, and more.

The Law Office of Philips and Raaymakers serve five counties at each of their six handicap-accessible office locations. With their head office in New Port Richey, and satellite offices in Brooksville, Spring Hill, Inverness, Tampa, and Clearwater, Chuck and Sarah will travel to their other locations to meet with clients at their convenience. Another unique service that the team provides is that they also take care of all the litigation at their own firm instead of handing it over to someone else. Together as an established partnership, Chuck and Sarah are ready to provide a “personalized representation to those seriously injured and disabled.” Choose a trustworthy personal injury firm today by contacting the Law Office of Philips and Raaymakers. After all, as the excited new team says, “We’re the same firm, but better.”

The Law Office of Philips & Raaymakers is located at 9400 River Crossing Blvd. Ste 103, New Port Richey, 34655. Schedule your free consultation today by calling (727)494-2008 or toll-free at (800)844-8652. Email the office at injurylaw@philipsraaymakerslaw.com and visit their website at philipsraaymakerslaw.com. Check them out on FaceBook at “Law Office of Philips & Raaymakers PLLC.”