HOW DO I FIND A QUALIFIED EMPLOYMENT LAW ATTORNEY?
Indiana employment law attorneys are not permitted to advertise that they “specialize” in employment law. Nonetheless, there are only a small handful of attorneys in Indiana who focus exclusively on legal issues faced by employees. The decision to hire an attorney is obviously important. To find the best attorney for your situation, I believe there are certain key questions that need to be answered. This will take some time on your part, but it will be time well spent.
1. Recognize that you might have to hire an attorney outside of your town or city. In other words, the most experienced attorney for your situation may be located several hours from where you live.
2. Get as much information as you can before you even talk to a lawyer. Do your own research about the attorney by first checking the Indiana Roll of Attorneys at www.courtapps.in.gov/rollofattorneys. This website contains a listing of all attorneys licensed to practice law in Indiana. Each attorney’s record includes license status, disciplinary history, and contact information.
3. You should also research attorneys at www.avvo.com. This website rates attorneys on a scale of 1 -10, based upon their experience and peer reviews. Avvo's highest rating is a "10."
4. Another website you should check in www.martindale.com. This website also rates attorneys based upon peer reviews. Martindale's highest rating is “AV.”
5. Finally, go to the attorney’s website. Does the website provide helpful information?
6. When you call the lawyer’s office, how are you treated? Is your call rushed or are you treated like a welcome visitor?
7. When you talk to the lawyer, ask about his or her experience handling employment law cases. Some lawyers only devote a small percentage of their time to these cases, making it difficult to keep up with changes in the law.
8. Do you feel comfortable with the lawyer and the law firm’s staff? You are entering a long-term relationship. Ask who you can talk to if you have questions as the case develops. Ask how quickly will your telephone calls be returned.
9. Trust your intuition. Ask yourself, does the lawyer seem interested in my situation, or more concerned about whether I can afford to pay a retainer?
For most people, hiring the right lawyer is one of the most important steps in maximizing your chances of winning an employment law claim. Choose wisely!