Here are some tips for choosing a business litigation attorney.
Make sure that your litigation lawyer has ample experience in the area of law involved in your case. Take sufficient time in reviewing the qualifications of each attorney. If the case goes to trial, make sure that the lawyer has good trial experience. A large number of business lawsuits tend to settle before it goes to trial, so recently licensed lawyers might not have much experience in a courtroom.
A Good Listener
This is a question which will typically be answered by the conduct of the lawyer. The client must be comfortable with the lawyer, and they must be willing to take the time to listen to the client’s concerns. If an attorney is condescending, seems uncomfortable answering your questions, or seems too hurried to hear you out, the litigation process with that attorney is likely to be very difficult. Listening is a vital part of being a superior litigator. Hiring a litigation attorney who is willing to help you understand the judicial process and the case will probably not make the process fun, but it can save you a lot of frustration and expense.
The Strengths and Weaknesses of The Case
All business owners that face litigation deserve an honest assessment of the situation, even if it is difficult to hear. It is better to have a proper evaluation of the case now, instead of being let down later on in the process. If a business litigation lawyer says that the matter is an open and shut case, pick up your things and leave for there is no certainty that a case will be presented before a judge, jury, arbitrator or any other third party for that matter. The judicial process is imperfect and often unpredictable.
While embarking on litigation, decide whether it makes sense financially to fight to the very end or settle the case as soon as possible. If you have a dispute for a small amount, there is no point in spending that much or more as a means to resolve it. The litigation attorney must be able to provide estimates based on a thorough evaluation of the best-case scenario and the worst-case scenario. This will help you to not only make a decision about which attorney to hire, but also help develop an initial case strategy to either look for ways towards an early settlement, or commit to the case at trial.
Who Handles The Case
If you meet with a lawyer, impressed with their capabilities and retain them to represent you. There is no guarantee that it will be that lawyer who will be on your case and represents you throughout the proceedings. You need to ask the lawyer if they will be personally attending to the case or their subordinate or paralegal will be representing them.