The wrong lawyer can sink your case. That's one of the biggest reasons why the founder of Morgan & Morgan went into practicing law in the first place. His own struggle came from working with the wrong lawyer and cost his family big when his brother was injured on the job. That single experience made him vow to be a lawyer for the people and fight big companies and big insurance companies for what is right for his clients. Here are the qualities he’s learned exceptional lawyers possess.
Outstanding communication skills
Suppose you're having trouble understanding what a lawyer is trying to tell you during the hiring process. How will this lawyer be able to argue your case effectively? Outstanding communication skills are critical when it comes to any kind of litigation. And, just like how they need to be able to communicate with a layperson such as yourself, they will likely have to communicate with a jury full of laypersons.
A lawyer needs to be articulate, persuasive, and a good listener. Good listening skills will be imperative when they have to analyze a conversation, testimony, or witness statement.
Research and analytical skills
A considerable part of a lawyer's job is to be able to study and absorb information swiftly and on the fly, especially in the courtroom. They should be able to pivot quickly should the defendant's lawyer come up with an unexpected argument. While some cases take longer and thus allow your lawyer more time to digest all of the information pertaining to your case, some cases move fast. Your lawyer needs to have the ability to research and absorb lots of information efficiently to build a stronger case for you.
Strong analytical skills will enable your lawyer to evaluate different possible conclusions and make adjustments to their arguments to make sure the best possible conclusion is made in your case.
With so many lawyers practicing law, it's a reasonable conclusion to assume not all are operating under the constraints of good ethics and morals. Some cases may make you question your own ethics, so hiring a lawyer whose beliefs align with your own is helpful. Working with a lawyer whose values are similar to yours will make it easier for both of you. Working with a dishonest lawyer can have severe repercussions.
Lawyers are not allowed to lie to judges, courts, clients, and third parties. However, that doesn't preclude them from using some trickery, but there is undoubtedly a fine line. When in doubt, trust your gut when it comes to matters of ethics.
Working with a lawyer that is empathetic is essential for a good client-attorney relationship. Look for signs that they are interested in your individual case, not just winning for the sake of winning. Part of a lawyer's job is to look at facts and evidence through an impartial lens. The reason being is when they look at your case from that angle, they can see potential flaws in the solidness of your case and address them before the case gets picked apart by the defense.
However, they have to counter impartiality with empathy to ensure that the people involved feel like they are being represented by someone who has an emotional investment in the case, too. If you, as a client, feel like your emotional needs can't be met with a lawyer, give them a pass and move on to the next.
When it comes to working with a lawyer, you want to be assured that when things get tough, they'll keep going. Commitment is critical, particularly if your case should need to go to trial. Surprisingly, many lawyers shy away from the courtroom because it's easier to settle out of court. But sometimes, taking a case to trial is the best option if the defendant or their insurance company refuses to play ball. Conversely, some types of claims are settled out of court routinely, and the courts expect that every avenue of negotiations has been exhausted prior to going to trial. Should you need a trial-ready lawyer, Morgan & Morgan has over 800 of them.
Have you heard the old adage, "you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar?" Well, that saying makes a lot of sense when you're talking about your lawyer's people skills. If your lawyer is rude, presumptive, or dismissive, this can be a genuine turn-off, especially for a jury. While a jury isn't supposed to judge a lawyer's personality, it's hard to disregard distaste for an individual. At the end of the day, lawyers have to communicate with a lot of different parties when it comes to handling your claim or lawsuit. Outstanding people skills are a quality that can go a long way towards a favorable outcome.
Some of the best lawyers have an outstanding sense of vision and creativity when it comes to their cases. Thinking outside of the box is necessary many times, and using a lawyer that lacks problem-solving skills will be detrimental for your case. Lawyers need to use creativity when it comes to presenting strong arguments and supplying case law to back it up.