Matthew J. Blancato is an associate at Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP and works in the Firm's San Diego and El Centro offices. Matthew started as an intern while waiting for his Bar results and officially joined the Firm as an attorney upon passing the Bar in December 2011. Matthew practices exclusively civil litigation, including workers' compensation and personal injury matters.
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: