Tara L. Johnsson graduated from Florida State University, with a degree in political science in 1993. She earned her J.D. in 1997 from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For three years she was an Assistant Public Defender with the Broward County Public Defender's Office in Fort Lauderdale. There, she represented both juveniles and adults in felony court. Since 2001 she has practiced exclusively in the area of Social Security Disability, representing over 1500 claimants during their disability hearings.
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: