The stakes are high in commercial litigation cases. A single misstep can cost you your company or even land you in jail. That is why it’s so important to find the best attorney for the job – someone who understands how to navigate these complex legal waters and has a proven track record of success. If you’re looking for the right lawyer, nine things should top your list when selecting one:
1) Experience: You want an attorney who is familiar with the players in your industry and can navigate through complex matters dealing with transactions. Look for someone who has worked on cases similar to yours before, understands how these companies operate and knows what it takes to win.
2) Record of success: I agree with the importance of experience when choosing a lawyer for this type of case, but it is equally important to look at their record of success as well. It’s easy enough to find an attorney who has done similar work before – they’ll be able to explain how these cases tend to go and what strategies are typically used in court. However, if they haven’t had much success – or have only won minor battles instead of full-out war – then that should also raise some red flags for you about whether or not they’re truly capable lawyers.
Remember: no one wants to hire someone who will lose or make costly mistakes.
3) Communication: When you’re working with a lawyer, communication is essential. You want someone who will keep your team in the loop about their strategies and thought processes – not leave them guessing. They need to be open and honest about what they think needs to happen next, why that might work out well for you or where things are headed if it doesn’t look like it’ll lead anywhere promising.
4) Flexibility: The best attorneys have a wide range of experience and adapt their strategies as needed. This is one reason why they’re so highly sought after – especially when your business might be at stake because of the outcome. They need to know how to adjust on the fly for something that works better in court or if new information comes up before the trial starts.
5) Relationship with opposing counsel: It’s important to have an attorney who understands the other side of things, too. Suppose they’ve previously worked with your opposition in court or through mediation proceedings. In that case, that’s a good sign – since it means they’re familiar not only with how their strategies work but also what type of people are on this team and how they might behave during negotiations.
6) Understanding the law: To truly be a good attorney for this type of case, you need someone who has an extensive understanding of both state and federal laws. They should have experience in knowing how certain cases tend to play out when they’re presented before judges or juries – not just from their own experiences with past clients but also because they’ve observed similar cases in action throughout their careers.
7) Competent: It’s important to remember that the attorney you choose will be responsible for your case in the future – which means they need to have a certain level of competency for this relationship to work. They should know what strategies and approaches are used when arguing against other legal teams, how they can present evidence or testimonies most persuasively, and why they are so essential to win over jurors if the case goes before them instead of just settling out-of-court.
8) Accessibility: You need to feel comfortable with your attorney, which means you should have an open line of communication. They shouldn’t be dismissive or secretive about things – especially since this could lead to misunderstandings where none existed before between the two of you that can cause disputes later on down the road during court proceedings.
9) Specialization: This type of case requires someone with special training and experience – which means they should have a certain set of credentials in addition to their years of practising law. The best lawyers know that any case is only as good as what was uncovered during discovery. That’s why it’s vital to optimize an effective eDiscovery process. They might be board-certified in this particular area or have taken seminars outside the office that pertain specifically to commercial litigation proceedings, for example.
There are many things attorneys need to look at before choosing one (and some that don’t apply here You want someone who has extensive knowledge in the field, can explain things well, and will be available throughout this entire process. Visit our website www.potts-law.com to learn more about our attorneys, what we do and how you can get in touch with us.