What to Look for in a Riverside County Litigation Attorney
When choosing a litigation attorney, you aren’t just choosing a service provider. You are choosing someone who will be representing your interests and fighting on your behalf. You are choosing someone who will have to know your private personal or business information, and someone who will need to get to know you, your risk tolerances, and your belief system. You are choosing someone who you need to be able to trust when your future is on the line, and someone with whom you are likely to have a relationship for months or years to come.
Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger, a litigation firm in Riverside County, provides the following suggestions for choosing an attorney to represent you.
Choose an Attorney with Experience in Complex Litigation
There are countless law school classes, books, and continuing education seminars dedicated to civil trial practice and the skills needed in order to be successful in litigation. Lawyers spend their entire careers honing their crafts—understanding the rules of evidence and civil procedure, and testing theories and strategies in order to maximize their clients’ chances of success. When choosing a litigation attorney, you want someone who has been there many times before and who is intimately familiar with the steps that need to be taken in order to win your case.
Choose an Attorney with Experience in Your Local Area
The legal profession is a fraternity, and lawyers and judges get to know each other very well. While judges remain impartial, it certainly doesn’t hurt to understand their preferences or to have had the opportunity to establish a good rapport. Serving the Coachella Valley since 1951, our litigation attorneys have developed a reputation of excellence in Riverside County.
Choose an Attorney with Experience in the Subject Matter of Your Dispute
Of course, in addition to adept trial skills and local knowledge, winning in court also requires an in-depth understanding of the legal subject matter of your dispute. Just like you wouldn’t hire an internist to perform spine surgery, you wouldn’t hire an environmental lawyer to litigate your corporate law dispute. As a result, it is important to choose an attorney with a track record of success litigating claims similar to your own.
Choose an Attorney Who Puts His or Her Clients’ Interests First
Finally, it is important to select a litigation attorney who is willing and able to put your interests first. Some attorneys take on so many cases that they cannot devote the attention that each client deserves. Others take cases on contingency hoping for a quick settlement, and often are not willing to go to trial. Others still are looking to build their reputation or cash in on a big score, and would rather slog through years of litigation than agree to a favorable settlement.
In summary, ask lots of questions, ask for references, and take the time to actively select an attorney in whom you feel confident. While even a wrong choice can still work out fine, a right choice can make all the difference in your litigation experience.