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Questions you need to ask before choosing a lawyer

Choosing the right law firm to handle your case can be the difference between making or breaking you and your loved ones in what is likely one of the most difficult times in your life.

When looking for a lawyer it's important to know what questions to ask and make sure your case is taken all the way. You don't want to wind up losing or settling for far less than your case deserves. We've put together some common things you should look for and why they are important.

Is the person you’re meeting with a Florida Bar licensed attorney?

Why this is important:

Only a Florida Bar licensed attorney can enter into a representation agreement with you. Make sure the person you a speaking with is a lawyer, not an investigator or non-licensed staff member.

Our Experience:

The first time you visit our office to get a case consultation, you will meet directly with one of our attorneys. This attorney, and his/her team of support staff, will stay with you through your entire case and will be involved every step of the way. Not only are all of our lawyers members of and licensed by the Florida Bar, but all of our named partners are board certified in Civil Trial Law, which puts them among the top 6% of all the lawyers in the state of Florida. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and qualifications to answer all of your questions and provide you with sound legal advice.

How many civil trials have you tried in the last 2 years?

Why this is important:

A lot of attorneys call themselves trial lawyers when the reality is they have not tried a case in years. Insurance companies and defense lawyers know who actually tries cases, and who does not. This factor has an impact on the value the insurance companies will place on your case.

Our Experience:

No matter how much experience a lawyer may have in civil trial, only board certified civil trial attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as specialist or experts in this area of law. All six named partners of our firm are board certified in civil trial law and truly are experts in civil trial practice.

When was the last time you took a case to trial?

Why this is important:

The art of trial practice is an evolving specialization. Evidentiary and civil rules of procedure change, and new trial techniques are developed that help effectively present your case to juries using the latest technologies. Trying cases every now and then is not enough. You need to be in the courtroom and in front of juries consistently to ensure your skills are continuously improved and honed.

Our Experience:

We have tried a combined total of more than 1,000 cases over the last 38 years and try an average of 15 cases each year, consistently. Some lawyers have not been in the courtroom in years and others are only in the courtroom once or twice per year. We are consistently in the courtroom allowing us to stay up to date on all aspects of trying a case and enabling us to get you the maximum recovery your case deserves.

Are your lawyers board certified in civil law?

Why this is important:

Board Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice. Certification is a voluntary program for lawyers, approved by The Florida Supreme Court and administered by The Florida Bar. Certified attorneys are the only lawyers allowed to use the terms specialist, expert or B.C.S. for Board Certified Specialist when referring to their legal credentials. Board certification is The Florida Bar’s “Legal Expert” status. The Florida Bar evaluates all certified lawyers for experience and expertise in a particular area of law and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.

Our Experience:

All six of our named partners are board certified in civil trial law. They are each experts in civil trial practice and are certified by the Florida Bar as specialists in their field. When you hire us, you can rest assured that you are selecting the best of the best who have extensive experience in civil trial law.

Do you have the financial resources to maximize my recovery?

Why this is important:

Litigating personal injury cases can become very expensive over the multiple years that these cases can sometimes span. Some firms have a limit on the amount of financial resources that they can contribute to each case and still be able to run their practice. This can lead to a tendency to settle a case early, even if the recovery is not at its maximum potential.

Our Experience:

Throughout our many years of experience, we have had a history of success and the financial resources that come with it. Our financial resources give us the ability to pursue maximum recovery for you all the way to trial if that is what is needed to get you the compensation your case commands. We are also able to retain for your case the most qualified experts throughout the country, should your case require it.

Do other lawyers hire you to represent themselves or their families?

Why this is important:

Often times, the best way to know whether a lawyer or law firm is qualified and experienced is through the recommendation of other lawyers or law firms. If you are looking for the best lawyer and law firm to represent you in a personal injury case, then you would want the lawyer and law firm that is called upon by other lawyers and their families when they are in need of personal injury representation.

Our Experience:

We have been honored to represent many attorneys and their family members over the last 38 years and helped them get the compensation they deserve. We are frequently selected by attorneys from both the plaintiff’s side and the defense side to represent them in civil matters.