Sure they can. Just respond to any of the 1,200 estimated “Best of “ categories that they receive every few days where they pay a fee of anywhere from $395.00-$1,000.00, get their beautiful glass desk icon, put the organizations self-serving badge on their website and then possibly engage in “deceptive advertising” by overstating your legal expertise and experience!
That is the way it is done these days. With limited opportunities to build a legitimate reputation because of the lack of law and court rules governing the control over legal advertising, the proliferation of advertising on radio, television, billboards, and the internet has made it easy for lawyers to self-promote beyond their abilities to fully and adequately represent clients.
The additional influx of lawyers each year, the almost mandatory use of mediation, and the Tennessee General Assembly’s enactment of anti-plaintiff legislation in medical malpractice and workers compensation cases are just a few factors that adversely affect the practice of law.
Increased costs of litigation and office staff also contribute to the pressure to settle cases and decrease opportunities to try many cases.
As a result some lawyers overstate their backgrounds and accomplishments that either are deceptive or not what is presented to the public through the media.
Please talk to several attorneys before you select someone to handle any legal matter that is important to you.
I encourage you to buy local products and hire local, reputable attorneys!
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