How does one really identify the best real estate litigation attorney?
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This is a great question. Even I as a lawyer at a five-lawyer general practice and litigation firm from time-to-time need to find a good lawyer outside of our firm. Here's some general advice about finding the "best" lawyers that is not limited to finding the best real estate litigation lawyer.
Most of the time, I'm asked by clients for referrals when their needs are not in my practice area, such as a divorce, a complex securities issue, a criminal matter, or a transaction outside the states of Connecticut or New York.
Professionally, I would think of the lawyers in my community who I know and have experience with. It could even be an adversary or someone that I met at a bar association function. I could ask one of these lawyers who they might recommend as a referral.
Or, I might look at Avvo under "Find a lawyer" to review the quality of lawyers that pop up in the areas of practice needed. Then, I would look at their Websites and get a feel for their practice of law, where they went to law school, their experience and skills, their awards and recognition, and even their extracurricular and volunteer activities that they are involved with. Sometimes they have a video of themselves and, if it speaks to me, that would be a plus. Sometimes they write blogs that would help me to assess at least where their practice interests lie. Here at Avvo, some lawyers write legal guides. Read them to learn more about that lawyer and their ability to express themselves. Also, read the reviews provided by clients, whether on Avvo, Google, Justia, or other posts.
I would then select a few or several candidates and interview each of them to find out their approach, gauge the chemistry, and ask for an estimate or ball park of how much their representation would cost. I do prefer lawyers at law firms rather than solo practitioners only for the backup, if needed. If I find a lawyer for a client, I never take a referral fee though the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct do allow for a referral fee for certain matters if procedures are followed.
If you read this far, I have a true story to tell. One time I had an aggressive but good paying client who needed an out-of-state litigator for his Federal court lawsuit. I searched and selected three top litigators for his consideration. He asked me to go back and ask each if they would bite off the head of a canary to show how tough they are. The first one laughed it off. The second one answered yes. The third one vowed he would not only bite off the canary's head but would swallow it. He was hired but my client never had the courage to ask this lawyer to keep his promise.
I hope this helps.
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