Rachel T. Maida is an associate attorney at Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, LLP. Her practice is devoted to the defense of a wide range of general liability matters including premises liability, automobile, construction accidents, complex tort, wrongful death, and matters arising from construction scaffolding and elevator accidents. She is also experienced in defending municipal liability matters, property loss, and employment discrimination claims.
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: