I disagree with Mr. John Brennan. Private lawyers are not the judges nor jurors. They don't decide if you win or lose. There are various reasons that the lawyers choose not to take the case besides merit of case: 1) conflict of interests 2) cost vs. recoverable $$$ 3) competency and expertise of the firm 4) resources of the firm 5) attorneys' personal preferences 6) other intangible factors 7) how large of awards and how soon can they recover for the law firm etc etc. If the firm does't have resources, experty, or interest, then no point for the potential client to engage in discussion and to open up their privacies to the total strangers (even lawyers) if they aren't going to do anyting useful for the potential client. So for that reason, I always check: 1) availability 2) no adverse conflict of interest to work disadvantageous for me 3) interested in taking the case to service me 4) have resources and experty.....before divulging in any conversation. My information is not free to the people who have no use for me.
Actually, I was talking about plaintiff's case but same principal.