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    James Helm

    Founding Attorney

    James Helm is a Philadelphia area native and the founder of TopDog Law. James grew up playing sports 24/7. Whether it was football, wrestling, or baseball - James has always loved to compete. He's taken that same competitive nature and applied it to the courtroom fighting for his clients and building TopDog Law from the ground up into the powerhouse law firm it is today. 

    One thing many people admire about James is that he is a straight shooter. He keeps it real with his clients and isn't afraid to share his own story of struggle. James tore both shoulders wrestling in high school. Following his first procedure, he was introduced to prescription painkillers and became addicted. From 17-25, James battled with drug addiction. Finally, in 2016, after years fighting in silence, James went to treatment and has been sober ever since. James often says that the opportunity to press the restart button on his life was the greatest gift he's ever received. By God's grace, he was able to change his life and is now determined to help other people overcome their struggles and change their lives too.

    Given James' battle with addiction, he did not have an easy time getting into law school. He was the last person admitted to Rutgers Law School. James will tell you that he got the call to start law school after orientation and only when another student dropped out. He quickly jumped on the opportunity and excelled. James graduated near the top of his class from Rutgers Law School and from Rutgers School of Business. 

    During law school, James had the opportunity to intern for Judge L. Felipe Restrepo at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Among other tasks for Judge Restrepo, James became very involved with the STAR program helping people who were recently released from federal prison. This experience, along with his life experience dealing with addiction, led James to decline a fancy corporate law firm job and instead decide to help individuals who he felt like he could impact most.

    To date, James has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He regularly shares his client success stories on his Instagram account @topdoglaw. The easiest way to get ahold of James is to send a direct message.

     

     

    Brett M. Dieck, Esq.

    Of Counsel

    Brett is a true general practitioner and litigator with experience in a wide variety of cases including real estate, criminal law, commercial law, auto torts, personal injury, and medical malpractice having appeared in Courts throughout the State of Maryland. Brett also has experience handling transactional matters including liquor license transfers, sales of bars and restaurants, business and estate planning, stock transfers and asset sales. Brett has owned and operated a title company in Maryland for over 18 years. 

    Brett is admitted to the Maryland State Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Brett is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association and the Baltimore City Bar Association. Additionally, Brett is qualified as a Civil Mediator in the State of Maryland. 

    In 2016, Brett was appointed by Maryland Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. to the Task Force To Study Recording Deeds For Victims Of Domestic Violence and assisted with changing Maryland laws to protect victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. 

    Brett’s background, interests and past experiences as a legal advocate and counselor can be an asset for a vast array of legal needs. 

     

     

    Alicia Kramer

    Director Of Intake

    Alicia began working in her grandfather’s law firm every summer during high school working her way up from a role as a receptionist to legal secretary. She went on to work at a large personal injury firm in Tampa, Florida during her college years as a pre-suit Paralegal. Alicia attended the University of South Florida majoring in Business Administration. 

    After college and leaving the legal field, Alicia went on to work in human resources, then owned an event planning company. Recently, while raising her children she worked as a freelance writer, blogger, and executive assistant - helping many small businesses across the country, virtually, as well as sitting on the Board of two non-profit organizations.

    Alicia has always enjoyed the legal field and was very happy to join TopDog Law in 2020 as attorney Helm’s, Executive Legal Assistant. She recently received her Paralegal Certification in Personal Injury Law through the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education and accepted a promotion at TopDog to Intake Director.

    During her free time Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband of 31 years and their three children, two of whom are now in college. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her extended family and friends.

     

     

    Alyssa Killebrew 

    Intake Coordinator

    Alyssa attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she majored in Psychology.  While pursuing her degree, Alyssa was a customer service representative at a salon and spa and also volunteered at several nonprofit organizations centered around animal welfare and rescue.

    After completing college, Alyssa worked as a receptionist at a law firm and was later promoted to a legal assistant. From there, Alyssa worked at The Office of Disciplinary Counsel where she investigated complaints filed by the public against attorneys and then went on to join a personal injury law firm where she served as a team member in the intake department and occasionally as a floater for the legal assistants at the firm.

    After a brief exit from the legal field, Alyssa served as an account manager at a hemp company where she created policies and procedures, retained new accounts, and helped increase revenue through marketing campaigns. 

    Alyssa’s career goals were fulfilled when her interest in law and love for helping people finally came together when she joined Top Dog Law in 2021 as an intake coordinator. Her past work experience enables her to work well with people from all walks of life as well as different generations.

    In her free time, Alyssa enjoys cooking, hosting dinner parties, gardening and spending time with her family, fiance and dogs.

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