Choosing the Right Litigation Lawyer
If you are involved in litigation, one of the most important decisions you will make is who to hire as your attorney. Unfortunately, that is also a decision you have to make before you have an attorney to give you advice. This guide provides some basic tips for finding the right lawyer for you.
Find a Lawyer with Relevant ExperienceYou should find an attorney with experience handling the kind of case you have. If you have a breach of contract case, look for a lawyer with experience in contract litigation. If you have a patent infringement case, look for an intellectual property attorney. While you want a lawyer with relevant experience, be careful not to be too demanding about experience. You should not expect that a lawyer has handled an identical case, only that the lawyer handles that "kind" of case.
Find The Right "Fit"Finding the right lawyer is more than finding a lawyer with the necessary experience. You should be looking for a lawyer whose approach and style will "fit" with your preferences. There is not a single way to approach litigation. Some lawyers will take a scorched earth approach, looking under every stone and being very aggressive. Other lawyers will take a more focused approach and will be more measured in their approach. You should ask a lawyer about how he or she will handle the case to get an idea of the lawyer's approach. If you will not be happy unless your lawyer will look under every stone, make sure you hire an attorney that is comfortable with that approach.
Consider the FeesYou should also consider the fees that the lawyer will charge you. How will the lawyer charge you? Can you afford the lawyer's fees? Although your lawyer is not the place to skimp, you also should not hire an attorney whose fees are uncomfortably high for your budget. You don't want to run out of money before the case is over or have to tell your lawyer not to perform work that needs to be done because his or her fees are too expensive for you budget. Find a lawyer that you can afford to make sure that you can get the help you actually need throughout the litigation.