How do you know if your business lawyer is an effective trial attorney?

Credibility and professionalism in the courtroom are key to successful litigation.

Almost all lawyers project themselves as capable in the courtroom. Yet not all attorneys are equally effective and successful in court. Nor have all litigators seen equal amounts of time in front of a judge or jury.

If you or your business is considering litigation, hiring the right firm can mean the difference between winning and losing your case. Even if your case does not end up before a jury, a skilled litigator is an important tool to have on your side from the beginning of any legal dispute. The willingness, ability and preparedness to go to trial are some of the most effective means of getting an opposing side to negotiate in good faith.

Yet trials are difficult. A trial attorney must be able to make rapid decisions while maintaining focus on the client’s goals.

So how do you know if your attorney will capably handle your matter through to trial? Below are some characteristics of successful trial attorneys:

  • Credibility. A credible trial lawyer is one who has experience and confidence in what he or she is doing. Judges and juries can tell when an attorney lacks confidence in the facts of the case. And while clichéd, it is true that there is no substitute for experience when it comes to managing the varied and complex tasks that come with every trial.
  • Professionalism. A professional attorney is more than just a capable one. Every attorney should act respectfully towards the judge, opposing counsel and most importantly, you, the client. A successful trial attorney will aggressively represent a client’s interests while still maintaining integrity and professionalism.
  • A strong desire to win. As in business, it takes a competitive edge to be successful in litigation. Attorneys who thrive in trial approach each case with one goal in mind – winning. In every case that goes to trial, there are several legal battles before, during and after the presentation of the case to the jury. An effective trial attorney will work hard to win every one.

Of course, there is more to successful representation of a client than being good in the courtroom. Yet without the knowledge that you can, and will, go to court if necessary and present your case persuasively, it is difficult to pursue other means of resolution to your case, including settlement and other out-of-court options.

Questions? Contact Zagrans Law Firm LLC.

Individuals and businesses in litigation or considering their legal options in a dispute should contact an experienced business litigation law firm to discuss their options.