Choose an Employment Lawyer: 10 Steps to Finding the Right One

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You’ve just been fired from your job, and now you’re in the midst of preparing to sue them for wrongful termination. You need an employment lawyer, but where do you even start? An employment lawyer can help you settle your dispute with your employer without having to go to court, so it’s important to find one that has experience with legal issues specific to your situation. Here are 10 steps you can take to make sure you choose the right employment lawyer for your case.

1) Get Free Legal Advice


If you don’t know where to start, you can always get free legal advice from a lawyer who will help steer you in the right direction. These referral services are sometimes run by government organizations, and they exist in every state across America.

2) Review on Yelp


If you’re in need of a lawyer and don’t know where to start, it can be helpful to find reviews on sites like Yelp. Yelp is a popular crowdsourced review site that lets users rate local businesses across different categories. In addition to helping you decide where you want to go for dinner, it can help you choose your employment law lawyer as well.

3) Check Out Their Instagram


There are plenty of lawyers who take amazing photos and post-professional updates. You can get a good idea of their personality by checking out their Instagram account and seeing how they interact with other clients, friends, and family members.

Make sure you see them in action during a trial—this will give you a better idea of whether or not they’re personable. Make sure they’re knowledgeable about your industry too!

4) Ask Friends, Family, Colleagues, Mentors


If you know of anyone who has worked with a lawyer before, ask that person for his or her recommendations. When someone you trust can refer you to a great attorney, why not take that person up on it?

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5) Visit Them in Person


Go online and peruse lawyer websites until you find one that seems like a good fit for your needs. Then, check them out in person. Ask lots of questions, let them know about your situation, and tell them about what you’re looking for in a lawyer.

Even if you have no intention of using their services, taking time to interview lawyers will give you invaluable insights into what questions you should be asking any future candidates before hiring them.

6) Watch a Video Interview


Watch a video interview with three employment lawyers and ask them how they can help you. This will not only give you some ideas about who to hire, but it may also prompt you for more details about your specific situation.

You’ll learn things like how long they’ve been practicing, if they have any specialties, and if they handle both plaintiff and defense cases. After watching a few videos, ask yourself these questions: Which attorney seems most confident? Which one is speaking clearly?

7) Look at Past Cases


Find a lawyer who has experience with employment cases. Look at past cases they have handled and see if they have won them. If they have lots of wins, it shows that they’re a good lawyer that knows what he or she is doing in court.

If you are unsure about a particular case, then look into it deeper and see what happened in each situation.

8) Compare Pricing and Services Offered


Once you have a short list of employment lawyers that have proven experience in your industry, find out how much they charge for their services. Consider hiring more than one lawyer, even if you can afford only one.

Talk with each about your case and see which you feel most comfortable working with. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions until you understand their experience level and what they would do for your case.

9) Read Reviews Online


It’s good practice to read reviews before choosing a lawyer. Read what former clients have said about or their skills, services, and pricing. Determine how long they’ve been practicing law and how much experience they have in employment law. The more you know about your prospective attorney, the better your decision will be—you don’t want any surprises once you hire someone.

10) Use Social Media for More Information


Social media can be a great resource for finding qualified employment lawyers. When you’re about to make a hiring decision, it’s always smart to do a little online research first—and you can use social media as your go-to tool.

Whether you search Twitter or LinkedIn, if someone has connected with your potential employer on social media, chances are they have some insight into their legal practices and/or reputations. Use these connections as leverage for getting more info about your soon-to-be lawyer.