Is this the person for me?
When I am asked “Why should I hire you?”, my answer is straight forward:
- I work all the time and I love what I do.
- I have 30 years of experience in and out of the court room and I am Board certified as a specialist. Law firms from across the country hire me to work with them on their cases and maximize the results for their clients.
- I have “Av” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and a “10- Superb” rating from the company AVVO.
One last thing. I’m smart enough to do the work well. I learn new things all the time. I read extensively. I analyze what works and doesn’t work in all kinds of cases. No matter how “smart” or even “street smart” someone seems to be in person or on paper, being smart by itself isn’t enough. My parents taught me that without hard work and passion it doesn’t mean much. I’m happy to have been taught, first by my parents and since then by others, that passion and heart are more important than anything.
There’s a bunch of other stuff the webpage people always put in (see below). It may be helpful to you as well, but if you’ve made your decision you can stop here.
When I am looking for an attorney for a family member or friend, here are the things that I think make a difference:
- Does the person have significant experience in the area (not just a webpage or billboard or TV ad) and are “Board Certified” by the Tennessee Supreme Court and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
- Are they independently rated as highly competent (in the lawyer world this means a minimum of an “Av” rating from a company called Martindale Hubbell, or a “10- Superb” rating from the company AVVO.)
- Is he or she a hard worker?
- Do they have passion for what they do?
That’s it. Someone who fills all 4 of those criteria is someone I want to hire if I need an attorney. I think it will work for you too.There is one more thing – “Do I like this person?” No matter how good the attorney may be if you don’t like them, get someone else. That certainly goes for me. I am a no BS kind of person. I don’t sugar coat things, I get to the point quickly. If someone needs counseling, I will be sympathetic, but I’m the wrong guy if you need someone to tell you things that aren’t the truth or are not realistic.