When we look for a lawyer to represent us in a court of law, we usually look for those who come from Ivy League universities and are popularly known in their specific fields. We sometimes get this mentality that when the more well-known a person is in his or her field, the more capable he/she is when it comes to handling a case.
Well, that isn’t how it should be. The most important thing you should consider when choosing to hire a lawyer (like David Bjornson) is definitely a lawyer’s track record. Even if the lawyer doesn’t come from an Ivy League institution or has had straight A’s as a student, a good track record is always something to highly consider when choosing a lawyer.
So how exactly do you gauge a lawyer’s track record?
Do some research.
There is absolutely no doubt that online research can lead you to a bucketload of resources and it surely is the only way you can really assess a lawyer without having to contact them.
You may consult with the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The Martindale-Hubbell law directory can be found online at Martindale.com and at your local public and law libraries. It’s a great resource for information about a law firm and its lawyers. Even lawyers themselves use this when choosing legal talent in another jurisdiction. The directory includes basic practice profile data on virtually every lawyer in the United States and Canada. They also include detailed professional biographies of leading lawyers and firms in 160 countries. The best part about it is that it includes lawyer and law firm ratings based upon peer reviews. These reviews may help you choose between two equally qualified candidates.
Try the local Bar Association.
If you don’t feel contented with online research, contact your local Bar Association. Both the American Bar Association and various state and local Bar Associations offer search and referral tools to help you find legal representation based on the type of lawyer you’re looking for. From there, you can start doing face to face meetings to discuss your case and how the two of you “fit” in a common defense. In your in-person consultations, you can discuss their experience with similar cases, what issues they see and their tentative strategy. Of course, that strategy is always subject to change, depending on how the facts and the case shape up.
Keep track of your insurance contacts.
Although sometimes, you really have to hang onto your insurance contacts. In a lot of cases, your auto insurance company will stand up for you in court after an accident. On the other hand, your home insurance company or renter’s insurance company will step in to assist in certain issues as well. Give them a call and ask to speak to their legal department. Even if they can’t represent you, they may be able to refer you to someone who can.
A lawyer’s track record says a lot about his/her capacity to represent a client. Take David Bjornson for example, he is someone who has had a long and successful career in law. He built a career in having a good track record with his clients and was even rated AV by his peers on Martindale Hubbell—which is the highest rating for attorneys. In addition to that, David Bjornson was able to start his own firm. Just look at the man that he made himself to be.
Having a good track record is something that lawyers would die to have. So choose a lawyer who has one. They have definitely worked hard for it.