Before joining Michael C. Sasso, P.A., Barbara Smithers served in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Florida, where she litigated complex antitrust and commercial cases, including class actions. She is certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and has earned the highest possible rating from her peers, AV, in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.
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: