Doug Gossow has been handling trial and appellate matters involving maritime law, insurance coverage and toxic torts for more than 20 years. The U.S. Government Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has asked Doug to serve as one of only two attorneys on its subcommittee on the Model Civil Admiralty Jury Instructions. He has also served as Chairman of the Admiralty Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis in the past.
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: