Most people hope they never need to hire a business litigation attorney, but if you find yourself involved in a lawsuit — whether you initiate it or must defend yourself — your choice of a litigator can be very important to the future of your business. You will want to make your choice carefully, asking questions about the attorney’s litigation experience, your case specifically, as well as the firm’s policies and procedures in order to make the best possible decision.
Here are some questions you should be asking:
What is your experience in litigating cases like mine? You wouldn’t go to a dentist for brain surgery, so it is essential that your attorney have similar case experience if you want to increase your chances for a successful outcome to your case.
What were the outcomes for those cases? You want an attorney who has successfully litigated cases like yours, so ask about case outcomes and if clients were happy with the results.
How familiar are you with the jurisdiction? Where your case is heard can have a significant impact on the outcome, so ask how well acquainted your attorney is with the court.
What are my case’s strengths and weaknesses? An experienced litigator will be able to identify and discuss your case’s strengths and weaknesses with you.
What would be your litigation strategy for my case? The outcome of your case will depend on how your attorney plans to litigate it. If there is more than one approach your attorney identifies, follow up with more questions on the pros and cons of each.
What is the likely outcome of my case? No attorney can promise a specific outcome, but he or she should be able to identify a few potential outcomes and provide his or her thoughts on likelihoods.
Who will be assisting with my case? Your attorney will likely be assisted by other attorneys and paralegals in preparing for your case. You should know who will be assisting and their specific roles.
How will we communicate? You need to know who you should call with questions and how often you should expect to be provided with updates as the case unfolds.
How much will my case cost? Depending on what type of case you have, you may be charged a set amount, billed at an hourly rate, or have a contingency fee arrangement where the firm is paid a percentage of any monetary recovery. You need to know how you will be charged as well as what expenses you will be responsible for paying. While your attorney may not be able to tell you exactly how much your case will cost, he or she should be able to provide a ballpark figure based on your type of case and prior experience.
Williams Mestaz, L.L.P., provides strong legal advocacy for companies involved in business lawsuits. We are known for using our skills, experience, and cutting-edge technology to get great results, whether after trial or through a favorable settlement. Call us today at (602) 256-9400 and schedule an appointment to meet with us about your case.