Hired him for my divorce just want to know his success in cases
I don’t know the attorney in question, because I practice only in SW PA. However, your inquiry is way off base, and I want you to be aware of what you should be looking for in a divorce attorney. The best divorce lawyers I know listen carefully to their clients and explain the law to them, and how in their view their case is affected not only by the law and the rules, but by recent Superior and Supreme Court decisions. They will suggest strangles and back-up plans, always ready to rethink strategy when something unexpected occurs. They will keep you informed of everything that goes on in your case. They will tell you frankly that the best predictor of the outcome is the opposing counsel your spouse chooses, whether athey are experienced or not. Inexperienced opposing counsel are often a litigation igthmare, as they try to litigate everything, running up the cost. The best divorce attorney will frankly talk about settlement as soon as they have a handle on the assets and liabilities of the marriage, and will help guide you to a fair settlement. The best divorce attorneys know it is better to settle, rather than litigate, if possible, but are not afraid to litigate important issues.
I agree with Attorney Shah in that this is an unusual question to ask about a divorce lawyer. If your divorce case has already moved to the pre-hearing or trial stage, I guess it's fair to wonder how good your attorney will be in court, but in most of my divorce cases there's no hearing or trial whatsoever because the clients are happy with a fair settlement and just want me to negotiate with the other party's attorney in order to get one. Nobody really wants to go to court anymore, and thank goodness they don't have to in order to get a divorce and property settlement. In my younger years, I sat in a closed-door hearing with a judge, and when I told him I was rarely in court for divorces, he told me that it may be because I was doing my job well. :-)
Of course, I don't know anything about your case. If you've already got a court date or are about to go into court, you do want someone competent. You should ask around your community for a reference. The odds of someone from Scranton seeing this question here on Avvo who even knows him are not very high. And lawyers generally do not know other people's "success records." We consider a fellow attorney a success if we can talk to them and they're rational, and they understand the law and they don't make a big mess out of the case! If we're successful in settling the case fairly and the parties can go merrily on their separate ways, that's the definition of success.
I maintain a private practice in Malvern, PA. This answer is general information based on my education and experience, and is not to be taken as specific legal advice. I do welcome new clients, so if you would like specific advice or services, please contact me privately. Prior to becoming my client, you will be required to sign or signify assent to a representation agreement, and you may have to pay a retainer depending on the type of case.
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