As one who has worked in the legal profession for over forty years as an expert, one would think that I, of all people would be able to find a good lawyer if I needed one for my own litigation.
Well, to be honest, I have been involved in litigation of my own a number of times and until recenlty, I made the same mistake that many people make; Asking for referrals from attorneys I know or contacting the bar or lawyer referral services.
Now seriously, do you think the bar association or a referral service REALLY knows wh the best lawyers are?
Well, after all this itme, I realized, strange as it may seem, that the best lawyers are the ones who WIN thier cases and that information IS publicly available and just as I realized long ago by asking lawyers I have worked for whom my testimony has helped them win their cases, a lletter from them saying so, such as those you see on my web site are worth their wight in gold.
So why should not the same be true about lawyers who actually WIN their cases. The information IS available–just ask them: “Mr. Lawyer, how many cases have you tried over the last four years(experts are required by federal rules to list their trials for the last four years)” Why should lawyers not be required to do the same? The information IS publicly available and if an attorney refuses to provide it, what does that tell you: NEXT. The ruyb often is that most cases settle, but that information IS avaiable. The IRS has a keen interest in how much money a lawyer pocketed from a settlement.
So the bottom line is: If you need a good lawyer-DO NOT ASK FOR A REFERRAL BUT DO THE RESEARCH YOURSELF. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID AND SO WILL YOUR POCKETBOOK