The top lawyers love people who take a proactive and educated approach to their cases, so make sure you ask the right questions!

Here are some good questions to ask:

  1. Where can I read about your track record of successes in cases similar to mine?
  2. Do you have any actual experience handling my type of case?
  3. How many years have you been in practice?
  4. What is the most difficult part about my case?
  5. What is my case worth? (This is actually a trick question, find out why by going to
  6. Do you have malpractice insurance?
  7. Who in your firm will be working on my case?
  8. What is your Martindale-Hubbell rating (AV Preeminent is the highest possible)
  9. Are you listed in Best Lawyers in America? (go to to check)
  10. What is the process for handling my case?
  11. Are you board certified?
  12. How will you keep me informed about my case?
  13. Have you published any articles, books, or guides for other attorneys or consumers?
  14. If you are looking for a disability, malpractice, or injury attorney, ask whether they spend 90% of their time representing individuals against insurance companies in malpractice, injury and disability cases.
  15. What is your rating?
  16. Can I find you listed in Super Lawyers? (go to to check)
  17. Can I take a copy of the written fee agreement home with to look over? (Keep in mind there is no “standard” fee and no standard fee agreement. Don’t think that if you have seen one, you have seen them all.)

Then perhaps the best question of all: What other local attorney would you trust to handle my case? Chances are, the ideal lawyer for your case is the one whose name is mentioned most often when you interview other attorneys.

If you have any more questions go to to find out more!

Ben Glass
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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney