Q How do I select an attorney to represent me?
This frequently asked question poses a number of additional questions.
What is the reason for which you are seeking to consult or retain an attorney? In other words, what area of expertise are you seeking a lawyer for? The answer to this question will start the process of elimination. Some lawyers are transactional attorneys (preparers of contracts, wills, etc.). Some attorneys are trial lawyers who represent clients with injuries; some in bankruptcy, etc.
How can you find a good attorney that is a good fit for you?
There are any number of ways to search for a lawyer.
There are peer review services who independently rate attorneys based upon their experience. For example, you can go to websites reseach for an attorney that has a superb rating of 10 (on a 1 to 10 scale). Then you can pick up the phone and schedule an appointment and ask to meet with the principal attorney and have a face to face meeting with him or her to see if the attorney is a good fit for you. Mr. Morton's rating with avvo.com (an independent, peer review service) may be found at http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/83701-id-alan-morton-4427565.html. He has a rating of "10/"Superb") on a 1 to 10 scale; 10 being the highest score.
Or ... you can turn to the phonebook. There are many young attorneys looking for work. They graduate from law school every yearl. Of course, they have little to no experience in investigating and handling claims and the adverse claim adjusters know that.
Or ... you call a TV or radio advertising attorney. Of course, you might end up calling an attorney who advertises in Boise who actually lives in Salt Lake City area who within the last year was arrested by the TSA for trying to board an airplane with a handgun in his briefcase. Or perhaps, you might be lucky to consult with another firm whose principal lawyer filed bankruptcy. Another attorney who admits that he hbeas yet to try a case to verdict before a jury and actually win. Yet another who has yet to try any cases to verdict before a jury, but claims that he is so good, he never has to try any case to verdict. Or perhaps another who has been sued twice in the last year for legal malpractice!
Or ... you can ask around seeking a referral from someone you know - perhaps someone you trust. Perhaps they can also direct you to whom to date and whom to marry? I think you get my drift here. One size doesn’t fit all. What is good for one person; doesn’t necessarily mean that referral is a good fit for you.
But, of course, you should do your own homework and due digligence when it comes to researching a good attorney who is the right fit for you and your case. You should ask yourself the question, What experience does this particular attorney have in handling the type of case I have? Does he advertise that he and his partners have "combined" experience? Some attorneys are smooth talkers. They say, our "firm" has a combined experience of 40 years (or more) but what does that mean? Does that mean there are 2 attorneys each with 20 years of experience or 8 attorneys each with 5 years experience. What difference does it mean to you that a firm has "combined" experience when in fact only one attorney is working on your case? Or worse, perhaps when you call the firm and you are redirected to talk to a paralegal or some other non-lawyer to anser your questions regarding the status of your case.
In the end, you have to look and find someone that is a good fit for you. Someone who will listen to you and work for you. Someone who makes his schedule available to talk to you directly. Someone you can communicate with vis a vis email and/or cell phone. Does he or she even trust you to provide you with the attorney’s cell phone?
Does the attorney know the five jury biases that adversely affect every case and the 10 principles (I refer to as commandments) to overcome them?
Really, the question you should be seeking an answer to is wheather this person a good fit for me. When you interview him, talk about his record in dealing with the type of case you have. That’s a good start.
But be careful and be wise. Even an attorney who has "a" million dollar verdict under his belt might have been fortunate to have the case of his career fall into his lap but what virtue is it to have a million dollar verdict when the case was worth twice that but instead only received half the value of the case???
Idaho Personal Injury and Malpractice Trial Attorney Alan Morton has over 31 plus years of experience as a trial attorney representing thousands of clients over the years. His biography is located at http://www.mortonlawyers.com/bio/alan-morton.cfm. You can check out his client’s testimonial page at http://www.mortonlawyers.com/bio/alan-morton.cfm. You can look at his results page of some of the verdicts and settlements he has acquired for his clients at http://www.mortonlawyers.com/case-results.cfm. Or you can pick up the phone and call his office to schedule a free initial consultation at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 or complete the online contact form at http://www.mortonlawyers.com/contact.cfm. You may find that albeit Mr. Morton has a reputation for being a tough and aggressive attorney, he also has at his core a soft side too, particularly for his clients. His compassion for his clients results in a passion for seeking justice on their behalf. He cares about his Morton Law family as attested by those who have posted their thoughts and recommendations on their testimonial page noted above.
Mr. Morton doesn’t run for public office - he has but two passions - to seek and obtain justice on behalf of his clients and to see his sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters live happy and healthy lives. He believes that by holding negligent people and institutions accountable for the choices and decisions they make results in making our homes and communities a safer and better place for all of us to live - particularly for our children and grandchildren (now and for generations to come).
In the end, your pursuit is to look for and retain someone who has the experience and commitment to provide you with outstanding service; someone who cares about your family and you; and someone who treats you as if you were a member of his family. You want someone to work your file as if it were his own. The process begins by picking up the phone and giving Mr. Morton’s office a call to schedule an initial free consultation: 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 or complete the online contact form at http://www.mortonlawyers.com/contact.cfm.