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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. 

Alicia Kramer

Director Of Intake

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.

 

Alyssa Killebrew 

Intake Coordinator

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.

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