James Helm

Founding Attorney

James Helm is a Philadelphia personal injury attorney and the founder of TopDog Law. He is a life-long native of Pennsylvania. Helm was born and raised in Media, Pennsylvania and is a proud alumni of the Penn State Nittany Lions. To date, James Helm remains actively involved in Delaware County, participating in a number of community initiatives. In particular, he spends his time and money to combat the opioid epidemic – an issue that he cares deeply about.

James graduated cum laude from Rutgers Law School and cum laude from Rutgers School of Business. During law school, he had the opportunity to intern for Judge Jerome Simandle, Chief Judge for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey. Later, he spent a full scholastic year as an intern for Judge L. Felipe Restrepo at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. These experiences, along with spending a summer at a big defense firm in Philadelphia, left him convinced that he wanted to dedicate his life advocating for victims of tragic accidents – not insurance companies.

Outside the legal profession, James is a believer in building a “life resume” and is constantly looking for new challenges that stretch his capabilities. In January 2018, he ran his first marathon in Miami. He is also learning to ride a dirt bike in addition to regularly riding his motorcycle around the Philadelphia area. James knows the the bias against motorcycle riders personally and works tirelessly to fight the stigma against bikers and get injured motorcyclists the best possible recovery.

Attorney Helm focuses exclusively on personal injury cases including motorcycle accidents, auto accidents, trucking accidents, and medical malpractice. He zealously advocates for victims and their families who have suffered significant injuries including birth injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death.

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. 

Ian A. Harrington

Director Of Marketing

“Originally raised in San Francisco, CA, I have chased my dreams and career all around the world. From Los Angeles to Phoenix, Portland, and even London. But since moving to Philadelphia in 2016, I'm happy to say I've found a place to call home. I love this city: the history, the food, and even the rowdy Eagles fans.

My main job at TopDog is to help our attorneys share their stories. The attorneys here truly do care about this community. They care about helping people in need. These aren’t just empty words; volunteering and donating are the pillars of TopDog’s core values. On almost every weekend you’ll find one of our team members volunteering or helping at a Philly event. And this is of course all backed up by TopDog’s commitment to give 10% of net profits to help fight the opioid epidemic.

It is my job to make sure that everyone in Philadelphia knows TopDog is more than just a personal injury law firm. It is a revolution in what it means to be a law firm. We’re not here to make money and squeeze as much as we can out of our clients like other law firms do. TopDog’s is here to do the opposite: to protect our communities and build a stronger Philly through teamwork and commitment.”


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