Juris Doctor Cum Laude, Law Review Editor-in-Chief, Western State University College of Law 1979; B.A., Cal State University Long Beach, 1972; Admitted to practice before California trial, appellate and supreme courts, California federal courts, US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Areas of concentration include business and franchise sales, commercial and real estate transactions, commercial leasing, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, trade associations and mutual benefit corporations, retailing and franchise relations.
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: