David L. Fairbanks has practiced law for over thirty years, was previously a partner with another major Honolulu law firm, and joined the firm in 1985. Mr. Fairbanks has been a member of the Hawaii Federal Judicial Selection Commission, a member of the Merit Selection Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, a member of the Judicial Selection Commission for the State of Hawaii, a board member of Hawaii Lawyers Care, and a trustee of the Client's Security Trust Fund of the Hawaii Supreme Court. He has been a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference for Hawaii and a commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. He is a hearings officer for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and served as chairman of the Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Mr. Fairbanks obtained his law degree from Santa Clara University where he was an editor of the Law Review. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Here are a few to get you started:
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can: