Jim Cook has retired from the practice of law. Jim focused on Employee Benefits and Labor Law. Jim was elected to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and to the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. He was union co-chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Labor Law Section of the ABA from 1975-1978.
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: