The term “trial attorney” can be used by lawyers who consider themselves able to take cases to trial. Whether or not they actually DO this is up to them, and you may find that not all of them take cases to court.
Ask the Attorney About Trial Experience
When you need to get a lawyer, make sure the attorney advertises him or herself as a trial lawyer. This is only the first step because as I said, anyone can call him or herself a trial lawyer.
To find out if a lawyer is truly willing and able to take your case to court, should the need arise, ask these four questions:
- Do you have actual experience handling my type of case?
- Where can I read about your track record in cases like mine?
- Can you give me some examples of your trial history?
- When was the most recent case you brought before the court?
If a so-called “trial attorney” tells you that he or she can’t disclose case information, it might be an attempt to cover up a lack of trial history. Legal newspapers publish settlements and verdicts every week, and most court cases are public record (at least the small details).
Do Your Homework When Hiring a Lawyer
Be sure to order a copy of my free book, The Truth About Lawyer Advertising, which explains many of the bad types of lawyer advertising. Call Ben Glass Law at 703-584-7277 if you’d like to review your case with a trial attorney.