Synergy’s Rapid Growth Continues, Expands into Minnesota

Synergy’s Rapid Growth Continues, Expands into Minnesota

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 12, 2019) — Synergy Settlement Services, the nation’s leading settlement services company, today announced the opening of a new office in Minneapolis with the addition of two settlement planning veterans Steve Harris and Jeff Smith, both formerly with PSSG.

“With the addition of Steve and Jeff, Synergy continues its rapid expansion nationally in 2019 with new office openings in Beverly Hills; Covina, CA; San Francisco; Baltimore, MD; Atlanta; Charlotte, NC; Chicago; and now in the Twin Cities,” announced Omar Quddus, Synergy Chief Business Development Officer.

Synergy’s Chief Executive Officer, Jason D. Lazarus, Esq, said, “Steve and Jeff have built a very successful settlement planning practice in the Twin Cities because of their expertise and unique approach to serving trial attorneys as well as injury victims. Their values are aligned with Synergy and a strong match for our corporate culture.”

About Steve Harris

Steve Harris is a settlement planner for Synergy. He is a passionate champion of plaintiff-only settlement planning, and a successful investor. In 1993 Steve was in an auto accident that took several years of intense rehabilitation to get back to his pre-injury physical health. During this time, Steve decided to make helping injured people his chosen career and went on to obtain his insurance and securities licenses. For the past 13 years, Steve and long-time plaintiff’s attorney Jeff Smith ran PSSG, a successful structured settlements agency that focused on putting solutions in place that are guaranteed, tailored for their specific needs, allow for liquidity and flexibility when needed, and protect means-tested benefits where appropriate.

Steve is an alum of both the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota, having majored in Political Science and Math.

About Jeff Smith, Esq

Jeff Smith is a settlement planner with Synergy, providing comprehensive settlement planning services exclusively to plaintiff attorneys and their clients. For 26 years, Jeff was a partner and manager in a St. Paul law firm representing clients with a variety of injuries and circumstances. This extensive experience gives him an excellent understanding of the strategies, concerns, and issues that injury victims and their attorneys face. In 2006, Jeff founded PSSG, a structured settlements agency, with partner Steve Harris.

Jeff graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College, majoring in business and economics. He went on to graduate cum laude from Hamline University School of Law. While practicing law, he achieved an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a recognition of strong legal ability and high ethical standards.

Synergy allows trial lawyers to focus on what they do best by handling the difficult issues at settlement such as lien resolution, Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance, public benefit preservation, settlement planning and tax deferral of contingent legal fees. Our multi-discipline approach is powerful and enables plaintiff personal law firms to focus on trying cases while trusting us to deliver strong results for their clients. Visit for more information.

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Panter, Panter & Sampedro

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