How To Get a Lawyer

A rather unusual answer to the radio, television, billboard, direct mail and website, etc. solicitation advertisements was made by USA Today billionaire columnist Ken Fisher on Monday, March 4, 2019, on the above question.  Although much of what he says is not directly related to the question of how to select a lawyer from the endless bombardment of self-promoting personal injury lawyers described in the media he does make a good comparison and suggestions for lawyer selection.  

            Mr. Fisher makes some rather pertinent comments about the process of choosing a lawyer to represent you in a legal matter:

1.     “In decades overseeing dispute resolution at my firm, the worst litigation advice I’ve gotten come from lawyers who weren’t actual trial lawyers.  They think they know but don’t----like some bloody textbook oral surgeon----Ignore them its bloody!”

2.    “Search online for, ‘How to find a good trial lawyer.’”

3.    “Ask for ten names from the local bar association who handle the type of case you are involved in and another ten names of lawyers by recommendation of friends or relatives that you trust to give you an honest opinion.” (First ten may be questionable)

4.    “Meet with the lawyers you are considering to hire.  Ask how they get started, their experience, chair experience and examples of their experience” (Also check out their claimed experience).

5.    “If your lawyer candidate doesn’t warn you how suing can backfire, run!”

6.    “If they claim they are the best around, they aren’t!”

7.     If their goal is extorting a pre-trial settlement go elsewhere and find a lawyer who is willing, if needed, to go all the way to a final judgment.  Good ones will!

            Mr. Fisher closes with what should be the number one maxim for all attorneys:     “Never lie.  Judges really hate combatant lies.”

            These comments from the successful founder of Fisher Investments, a nationally recognized investment firm, number 200 on the Forbes 400 richest Americans are also applicable to legal practitioners in any field of law and should be followed. 

I encourage you to buy local products and hire local, reputable attorneys!

I Surrender

It is with a heavy heart and sincere regrets that I announce that I am shutting down the Silly Blog and will be joining the ranks of the self-promoting brethren of the Bar on television, radio and billboards, etc.

1.     I have cashed in my 401(K) retirement fund and am committed to beating the Boys from Birmingham at their own game by opening up a satellite office in the Magic City (Birmingham) with ten associates and will be putting up two hundred billboards in the Birmingham area with my smiling old face and a young attractive female associate with a gleaming set of teeth.  Also I do not intend to say that I am a Tennessee lawyer with a license to practice in Alabama on my billboards.

2.    I also have decided to create a new firm motto in the advertisements such as “You Gotta Get Jerry.”  I’ve got about a thirty year head start on the nice looking reverend who took over the motto while I was busy representing thousands of clients in court during my fifty-three years as a lawyer.

3.    My alternative website will be “The Outsider” not to be mistaken for the agile tractor-trailer climbers, “The Insiders.”  As a fifty-one year member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, president in 1978, political action committee chairman for 10-15 years, LIFT member for over forty years and sponsor of a law school scholarship for descendants of TTLA members, etc. I believe I have earned the title of “The Outsider” since the “truthinlawyeradvertising blog” has been banned from the organizations list serve because of criticism of the few members who spend large amounts in advertising that benefit their small minority but adversely affect the 99% of lawyers who get their business the old way-----results, referrals from other lawyers, satisfied clients and overall good reputation.

            APRIL FOOL!  The Silly Blog will continue!  With a little help of the 5,000 individuals who have read the blog and are willing to ask their friends, clients, and relatives to send it to others who might in at least one case assure the public that we are attempting to make certain that clients get full compensation because they hire a lawyer or law firm that will fight on their behalf in their best interests rather than paying for self-serving lawyer advertisements!

I encourage you to buy local products and hire local, reputable attorneys!