Justin Cates

Justin Cates

Director of Business Development

E: jcates@synergysettlements.com

P: 480.826.6373

Justin Cates is the Director of Business Development in the Phoenix market for Synergy Settlement Services. In this role Justin partners with trial attorneys and their plaintiff clients in the critical and complicated issues that arise during settlements, including healthcare lien resolution, Medicare Set-Asides, structured settlements, special needs trusts and attorney fee deferral programs.


Over the past 7 years, Justin has been consulting with local law firms working for a division of Thomson Reuters. Justin is ecstatic to take his acquired experience of working with legal professionals and expertise on how a law firm operates, to benefit injury attorneys. This happens through applied efficiencies for the firm and through various protections offered within this partnership that will put more settlement dollars in the plaintiff’s pocket. Synergy allows trial lawyers to focus on what they do best and helps injury victims transition from litigation to life. Justin’s passion lies here.


Originally from Northwest, Indiana, Justin was born and raised in “The Region” 45 minutes outside the city of Chicago. He always knew he wanted to be a Boilermaker, which leads him to attend Purdue University where he obtained a B.S. in Business Sales & Marketing. He dedicates his professional consulting career to serving his clients with integrity, value, and respect for the craft.


Justin currently resides in Phoenix near the Biltmore where he lives with his wife and 2 children. He is a diehard fan of the Chicago Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubbies and loves action sports.

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“Synergy is our guiding light for deferring our contingent legal fees and planning for retirement. The lawyers at Panter Panter & Sampedro, myself included, have been working with them for over ten years using different methods to defer comp and plan for retirement.”

Brett Panter
Panter, Panter & Sampedro

"I don't think I've directly said "thank you" for helping us with Bridgett’s case. We sent the reduced payment to Medicaid and called Bridgett's mom to tell her approximately how much money was going to be left for Bridgett and she broke down over the telephone. Given only $25k of insurance and a $850k medical bill from the hospital she didn't think Bridgett would ever see a penny."

Tom L. Copeland
Jeffrey Meldon & Associates, P.A.

Understanding Structured Settlements and Medicare Set-AsidesThird Thursday Webinar Series

The parties agree that a Medicare Set-Aside is needed, now what? In this month's webinar, presented by Synergy CEO, Jason D. Lazarus, you will learn about the process basics for setting up a set aside including MSA allocations, funding mechanisms for set-asides, post-settlement administration as well as an overview of the process to make sure you close the case compliantly.

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