Michael J. Skoler
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Michael J. Skoler is responsible for translating business vision into operational excellence. Mike has directed Sokolove Law’s transformation from an established regional marketer of legal services to the largest marketer of legal services in the country.
Mike brings an experienced yet non-traditional view regarding the forces reshaping the 21st Century delivery of legal services. He is a frequent and in-demand speaker in both the legal and business communities.
Prior to joining Sokolove Law, Mike was a founding member and Sr. Director of Arthur Andersen’s Global Corporate Finance Group, the investment banking arm of Arthur Andersen, LLP. Prior to Andersen, he was an Associate with Riverside Partners, a leveraged buyout firm headquartered in Boston.
Mike also takes a very active role in corporate and social responsibility initiatives including the company’s recent participation in Habitat for Humanity and the Linus Foundation. His personal charitable work extends to several community charities and to a mentoring program for undergraduates.
Mike earned his MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College in Wellesley, MA and holds a BSBA in Finance and Law from American University in Washington DC. He is qualified as a General Securities Representative.
Ricky LeBlanc is the Managing Attorney at Sokolove Law. As Managing Attorney, Ricky is responsible for the overall risk management of the firm and ensuring Sokolove Law is in compliance with the rules governing the practice of law, including legal advertising in each of the 50 states.
In addition to his responsibilities as managing attorney, Ricky directs the asbestos practice as well as oversees all of the firms other practice areas, such as birth injuries, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and product liability, including pharmaceutical and medical devices.
Within the large asbestos practice at Sokolove Law, Ricky participates in a number of efforts designed to educate about asbestos awareness and help asbestos victims and their families fight for justice and compensation.
Most recently, Ricky appeared as a guest on The Balancing Act® airing on Lifetime Television®. He was interviewed by the show’s host, Olga Villaverde, on the topic of mesothelioma and legal rights for victims and their families. With 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year, it is an important topic, and one that Sokolove Law strives to increase awareness about.
Ricky has also been interviewed twice by VFW Talk Radio show, The National Defense, in an effort to help better educate U.S. veterans about the dangers of asbestos exposure and their legal rights.
Other areas of involvement include:
Providing Educational Content – Click here to view an online interactive event hosted by Ricky, covering Loss of a Loved One: Their Legal Rights Aren’t Lost Too.
Veterans Event Participation – Ricky has represented Sokolove Law at various veterans’ events across the country including National Conventions, District Meetings, Service Officer Trainings and Ship Reunions.
VA Accredited Attorney – Ricky is an accredited attorney through the Office of the General Counsel for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, permitting him to assist with the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for VA benefits. He recently completed a VA Legal Education seminar renewing his accreditation for 2016-17.
Fundraising – Miles For Meso Road Race – Offering continued support for the mesothelioma community, Ricky has participated as a runner for various fundraising events.
As the son of a pipefitter and factory worker, Ricky is passionate about helping workers get the access to civil justice they are too frequently denied.
Prior to Sokolove Law
In 2006, Ricky founded and managed his own firm specializing in personal injury and product liability. Before founding his own firm, Ricky began his career at Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, PC, where he served as an associate for 10 years working on various practice areas including their large asbestos practice.
Following the tragic events of 9/11, Ricky volunteered for Trial Lawyers Care, an organization founded to help the families and victims of 9/11 by providing them with free legal services.
Ricky earned his Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude in History and Education from Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.
Ricky LeBlanc is admitted to practice before all courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the United States Supreme Court. Throughout his career, Ricky has represented clients in all levels of the trial court system, before Massachusetts state and local agencies, and the Social Security Administration. He is a proud member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorneys. His lawyer profile and legal Q&A can be found on Lawdragon.
James G. Sokolove
Founder and Chairman (Retired 2013)
Attorney James G. Sokolove is the founder of Sokolove Law, LLC. A pioneer in the marketing of legal services, Jim has lectured at law schools on ethics and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs to discuss personal injury law and lawyer advertising. He has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of “Greater Boston’s 100 Most Influential Business People of the 20th Century” and by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the “Most Influential Attorneys of the Past 25 Years” for his efforts in increasing legal access through advertising.
A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and of the Suffolk University School of Law, Jim worked as a VISTA volunteer community organizer and lawyer in the early seventies.
Throughout his professional career, Jim has maintained a high level of commitment to public service. In 1985, he established the Law Project for Multi-handicapped Children, a two-year pro bono legal program. The Law Project provided free legal assistance and information to families with disabled children throughout Massachusetts and provided training to parents and lay advocates. It received a Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiatives.
In 1987, Jim began a new project, Cycleline, a public safety and information campaign aimed at motorcyclists. For his work with motorcycle safety, Jim received a 1988 Public Service Award from the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the National Safety Council.
Jim also has been active in the fight against teenage drunk driving and auto accidents. In 1989, he was awarded a certificate of merit from Students Against Drunk Driving for his work.
Continuing his commitment to the disabled community, Jim established the James Sokolove Personal Best Awards in 1990 and the Special Young Visions Art Competition. For six years, these programs honored outstanding achievements by young people with disabilities.
Jim also formed a separate business entity, Trial Lawyers Marketing Inc. (TLMI). TLMI’s goal was to educate attorneys and marketing professionals about practical and effective legal services marketing through seminars, roundtable discussions and networking.
In 2008, Jim’s Sokolove Charitable Fund partnered with Stanford University’s Center on the Legal Profession to launch the Roadmap to Justice Project. The Project convened a renowned group of academicians, lawyers, judges and business innovators to create an action plan for greater access to civil justice for the majority of Americans.