Over 1.3 million attorneys practiced law in the U.S. in 2015, according to the American Bar Association (ABA). With so many choices, you want to identify and hire a skilled, experienced, and resourceful lawyer for your unique case. Your lawyer’s professional history and level of access to good resources can affect the outcome of your case, so it’s helpful to conduct interviews, review case history, and ensure that a lawyer has access to needed experts.
How to Choose an Experienced Attorney
When hiring a lawyer for your case, you may rely on word of mouth and referrals from people who have used that lawyer before. However, there are other ways to choose a reputable lawyer, and you may want to assess the following:
- Legal knowledge and skill. To evaluate knowledge base and skill level, it’s important to look at a lawyer’s professional history. Consider if he has appropriate training, has a history of winning complex cases, and has sufficient and established experience in the type of case you’re hiring him for.
- Preparedness and thoroughness. Lawyers must be able to thoroughly, and sometimes quickly, compile a well-organized, well-spoken argument with solid evidentiary support. So ask how he prepares cases. Determine if he closely analyzes the details of each case, refers to precedents and uses concrete logic, and understands what’s at stake in your case. You want to know if he feels confident about taking your case to trial in front of a judge and jury.
- Good relationships with colleagues and experts. Often, lawyers will team up with other lawyers to provide thorough and quality services. You may want to ask your lawyer if he is comfortable bringing in other attorneys to help work on your case. Additionally, it’s important that he have legal contacts in varied fields. In cases involving product liability and medical malpractice, experts are often hired to evaluate the product or medical records to determine if you have a solid case. These experts must be ready to go to trial, if necessary.
- Accessibility. A good attorney will make it easy for you to contact him, and he’ll be available to you whenever necessary. While that doesn’t mean you should become a nuisance or interrupt him daily, he should make himself accessible for your serious issues.
A Law Firm You Can Trust
The attorneys at Holton Law Firm have tried over 150 cases in front of juries. Additionally, we work face to face with our clients to provide quality and reassuring legal assistance, and we are ready to work for you. Fill out the online contact form on our website to get started on your case.