People frequently ask us, “How do I choose the right lawyer for my case?” We are trial lawyers, so my comments are directed in that arena. Hiring a transactional lawyer might require a different analysis. Experience is paramount.
Trial lawyers should have actual trial experience. Hiring a Florida Bar Board Certified Trial Lawyer will ensure that your lawyer has the requisite experience. Only five percent of Florida lawyers have this experience.
Credibility is also key. Do Judges and adversaries respect the lawyer? Here is where credentials can help. Involvement in legal and local organizations is a sure sign of an attorney’s standing in the community.
Third, check out the word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask around. Good lawyers have good reputations. Check out their office. Is their staff professional? Is their office organized and well-appointed? You are engaging this person for what may be the fight of your life. Would you hire someone who can’t keep their own shop in order? I hope not.
Finally, you should have a comfort level with your counsel. This does not mean that they become your friend. This is a professional relationship. But, you should get the feeling that your attorney truly cares about the outcome of your case. Sarasota and Bradenton possess a vibrant legal community with many highly qualified lawyers.
Don’t fall for flashy marketing gimmicks. Closely scrutinize your prospective counsel to ensure that you enter into a relationship that will help you achieve your desired result.