How to Pick the Right Attorney for Your Business’s Litigation Needs

Business owners hope they’ll never end up in a courtroom attempting to resolve a legal conflict. Unfortunately, there may be a time when that’s the only option. If you find yourself in that position, you’ll want to find an attorney skilled at litigating business-related matters.

When looking for an attorney, consider the following:

  • Recommendations – Consult other business owners you know to ask whether they’ve had an attorney litigate matters on their behalf. You may be able to collect some good input about whom to consider (and whom not to consider) for your legal needs. You can also look for client testimonials on an attorney’s website.
  • Professional experience – Many people assume that all attorneys can handle litigation; however, there are plenty of attorneys who rarely (if ever) set foot in a courtroom. When contacting attorneys about your needs, always ask how much experience they have with litigation. You might also be able to read about specific cases an attorney has litigated, when you visit their website.
  • Specialties – If you’re in a niche industry, look for attorneys that have worked specifically with businesses like yours. (For example, Lusk Law, LLC, has extensive experience working with owners of equestrian businesses and with landlords).
  • Personal experience – When you own a small business or are a sole proprietor, you may find that working with a small law firm or a solo practitioner is a better fit for you than a large, corporate law firm. That’s because attorneys who own their practice are much more attuned to issues small business owners face. Some female entrepreneurs also prefer to work with female attorneys.
  • Location– Some court cases can be lengthy and complex, requiring an attorney to make multiple appearances. Ideally, you want an attorney who is close enough to the courthouse to quickly take action and file motions, as needed.
  • General knowledge – Maryland laws can vary significantly from one county to the next, so attorneys who are new to the state may not be prepared to handle cases involving issues that span two or more counties. Ideally, you want an attorney who has lived in Maryland long enough to understand the intricacies of state and county laws (especially if your business has locations in multiple counties).
  • Communication and personality – Look for an attorney who is attentive when you’re speaking and who is able to explain legal issues in plain English. If, upon your first face-to-face meeting, you find an attorney seems gruff, distracted, frazzled, or disorganized, you probably can’t count on your case being handled with care.

Lusk Law, LLC, knows businesses have many choices when choosing an attorney to handle their litigation needs. We believe that being a small firm allows us to deliver the personalized support and advice that’s hard to find at larger firms. We have more than a decade of experience assisting business owners, landlords and other entrepreneurs in Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, Washington County, Anne Arundel County, and throughout Maryland. If you need help with litigation, or just need general legal counsel, please call us at 443-535-9715 or fill out our contact form.

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