Criminal & DUII Defense Lawyer / Attorney
Let’s say you live in Pocatello, Idaho, and you are airdropped into Tuscaloosa, Alabama. You don’t know anyone in Tuscaloosa. You’ve never spent five minutes in Tuscaloosa. You’re not even sure how to spell Tuscaloosa. [FN 1] But for some reason, you need to hire a lawyer in Tuscaloosa.
Here is your two-step solution:
Step One: Look up a handful of law firms who do NOT practice the area of law in which you need a lawyer. You need a divorce lawyer? [FN 2] Look up a few personal injury lawyers. Look up probate lawyers. Heck, look up patent lawyers. When someone answers the phone, ask if someone there can recommend a few divorce lawyers. The vast majority of them will be happy to give you some names. And don’t be surprised if they tell you to feel free drop their name as the referral source. [FN 3]
Step Two: Look for the common name or names. The list of lawyers each law firm gives you will break down into three categories. First, that person’s lawyer friends, not necessarily based on ability or experience, but mentioned purely out of friendship. Second, lawyer friends who are also good lawyers. And third, and these folks are who you are looking for, lawyers whose names immediately popped into the mind of the referral source, because these lawyers have developed a reputation within the legal community for their expertise in your particular area. Look for the common names. Schedule an appointment with that lawyer.
This method requires only a relatively modest investment of time and may be your the most efficient route to finding the right lawyer.
FN 1: If you haven’t figured it out, I love to say “Tuscaloosa.”
FN 2: Perhaps it was your spouse who pushed you out of the plane over Tuscaloosa.
FN 3: Do or don’t, but this the motivation for some lawyers to take a moment to help you out. They’re hoping for a return on the favor from their fellow lawyers. Along these lines, refer to Secret Three: You Don’t Need a Friend.
Note: This information is from the perspective of a Eugene Oregon criminal defense lawyer.