Everyone has their own rankings and opinions on what’s important to them, but our clients tell us that the following are most important to them:
- Consistent results in the past: While past results are no guarantee of future results, a lack of consistent results in the past is a potential warning sign. Granted we all lose cases we probably should have won (and we have won cases we probably should of lost), but generally speaking the lack of a good track record and quality results is a deal breaker for most individuals. Don’t buy into the idea of “this is all confidential and we aren’t supposed to talk about past results.” Why? Mostly because this isn’t really true. Each week, legal newspapers publish settlements and verdicts, and most lawyers have this information on their web sites.
- Experience: Generally speaking, the longer you have been doing anything, the better you are at doing it.
- Board certification: Clearly you wouldn’t let a doctor who was not board certified operate on you, why would you let a potential lawyer represent you if they weren’t?
- Recognition in: Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers together with a “pre-eminent” designation from Martindale-Hubbell and a “superb” rating from Avvo.
Don’t ever be afraid to ask about results. Sure, each case is different and the past doesn’t necessarily predict the future, but the lack of a track record of significant results should at least make you want to ask more questions.
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