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How do I pick the right lawyer?

Steve Lombardi
Iowa civil trial, workers' compensation and personal injury lawyer

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5/6/2013
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Just ask the lawyer sitting in front of you one question. Are you the kind of lawyer who loves to win or hates to lose?

You see you can't have both qualities. Either you hate to lose or you love to win. And since your case may follow the one he just won, you'd better pick a lawyer who hates to lose. The lawyer that hates to lose, wins one case and gets right back to his desk to work on the next case. Why? Because he hates to lose. The guy that likes to win is in the hallway looking for affection and to get his back slapped. "Hey great job! Wow what a win!" While the guy in his office doesn't need others to tell him he's done it right, he knows it but more importantly, even when he wins he's evaluating what he could have done better. He doesn't care about others saying this was a good win because he knows he can do better next time. And in our mind we are only as good as the next win. So here is what you should look for when picking the right lawyer. 

Fellow Lawyer Writes: I read your blog post today on FB with interest on the above topic. I always hated to lose. I can recount why I lost the cases I did. I'd say stupid judges but most of the time they made stupid rulings in my favor. I also felt the losses much deeper and for longer than the highs of the wins. Having read some of the your rules about lawyers it further cements in my mind the belief that I can no longer and should no longer ever hold myself out as a practicing attorney. I am at peace with that. In fact, I revel in it. I also realized that you are a thousand miles away from quitting the practice despite any frustrations you have with the "business". Whether people need you are not is not the key fact about your continuing to practice law, it is what you want and need.  Attorney Anonymous

Picking the right lawyer for your case is similar to buying any other large ticket item, let the buyer beware. It’s never easy to pick the right lawyer to handle your personal injury case, but there are scars on the lawyer’s soul that will help you identify if he or she is the right one for you and your case. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions and you should expect the lawyer to competitive. A pansy trial lawyer is no lawyer at all. While I would not suggest being antagonistic being competitive is part of the game and it is a necessary tool in any trial lawyer’s tool box. Today let’s identify the markers of a good personal injury lawyer.

THE LIST - 37 THINGS THAT MAKE A LAWYER A GOOD PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

  1. Good trial lawyers hate to lose.
  2. Good trial lawyers are grouchy.
  3. Good personal injury lawyers aren’t afraid to try a case.
  4. Good personal injury lawyers don’t try many cases.
  5. Good personal injury lawyers have previous clients who refer them business.
  6. Good personal injury lawyers have other lawyers that refer them business.
  7. Good trial lawyers hate to lose.
  8. Good personal injury lawyers understand the business side of the practice of law.
  9. Good personal injury lawyers have the money to advance all litigation costs.
  10. Good personal injury lawyers have a website.
  11. Good personal injury lawyers aren’t afraid to put their opinions out there publicly.
  12. Good personal injury lawyers move their cases along.
  13. Good trial lawyers hate to lose.
  14. Good personal injury lawyers have cases pending on the court’s docket.
  15. Good personal injury lawyers have experience and will share it with you.
  16. Good personal injury lawyers aren’t just telling you what you want to hear.
  17. Good personal injury lawyers are willing to explain the good and the bad in the case.
  18. Good personal injury lawyers are willing to mediate your case, but without undue pressure on you to settle.
  19. Good trial lawyers hate to lose.
  20. Good personal injury lawyers have a limited number of cases and turn cases down.
  21. Good personal injury lawyers can explain what makes a case go south.
  22. Good personal injury lawyers can explain what adds value to your case.
  23. Good personal injury lawyers can you the names of other lawyers to call to ask for a reference.
  24. Good personal injury lawyers won’t immediately value your case.
  25. Good trial lawyers hate to lose.
  26. Good personal injury lawyers don’t tell you what you want to hear to get you to sign a contract.
  27. Good personal injury lawyers use contingent fee agreements.
  28. Good personal injury lawyers are confident in knowing a good case from a bad case.
  29. Good personal injury lawyers can on some days be difficult to get on the phone.
  30. Good personal injury lawyers have other clients.
  31. Good trial lawyers hate to lose.
  32. Good personal injury lawyers have other businesses.
  33. Good personal injury lawyers can explain the law to you.
  34. Good personal injury lawyers maintain client confidentiality.
  35. Good personal injury lawyers have lost cases and can explain why they believe they were lost.
  36. Good personal injury lawyers have nightmares about the cases they have lost.
  37. Good personal injury lawyers hate to lose.

Have I mentioned good personal injury lawyers hate to lose? Keep in mind that hating to lose is not the same as loving to win. The two are quite different. If you're interested in the difference and need a personal injury lawyer, call me. [515-222-1110]

If you read this list and you’re still not sure, ask, because you never know what other lawyers will say. I’ve had defense lawyers who have recommended me as have insurance adjusters and members of the bench and bar around the state. Remember if as a trial lawyer you’re effective, even your opponents will hire you when they need a good trial lawyer to carry their legal water bucket in a personal injury case. Everything else aside, keep in mind we all put our pants on the same way every morning.

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