Six Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Law Firm

By: Matthew Digest, CLO

This post was originally featured on Forbes

Before hiring an attorney or law firm to represent your business, it’s important to know whether they’re the best possible option for your company — and that means asking the right questions. But the due diligence process can be daunting. How can you ensure you’re selecting the best match for your company?

Six chief legal officers and law firm partners from Forbes Legal Council suggest which questions to ask a law firm before you make a final decision, from inquiring about their previous clients to learning how much they know about your industry.

1. Can I Speak With Your Former Clients?

Ask for the names of three clients that the attorney provided similar services for. Contact those three clients and ask them detailed questions about the attorney, the services, the quality of work, the billing practices, and the outcome. Former clients are a treasure trove of information that will help you evaluate the attorney. – Matthew DigestiBristlecone Holdings

2. What Can You Tell Me About My Company?

If your lawyer can’t even tell you what you do and what your company stands for, then you need to keep looking. Companies need to build a team that understands the vision and direction of the company. That includes the company’s lawyers! – Anthony JohnsonJohnson & Vines, PLLC

3. What Is the Ideal Outcome of My Case?

You’ve done your research and narrowed your pool of attorneys down to three. Now what? Askeach of them what they believe the best outcome of your case is. This will allow you to assess whether they have listened to you (as the attorney should know what you want the outcome to be) and also allow you to understand how they would approach your specific matter. – Matthew MoisanMoisan Legal PC

4. Are You Familiar With My Industry?

A lawyer that’s familiar with your company’s industry can provide added value, such as industry benchmarking data, in addition to legal advice. –Fatima KhanAirpush

5. Where Can I Find Your Client Testimonials?

When it comes to picking legal representation, a history of success with similar clients and the speed with which resolutions are reached are all core dimensions to analyze service providers with. – Dan HussainAmerican Patent Agency

6. Have You Done This Specific Type of Work Before?

The practice of law should be like the practice of medicine. Just as you wouldn’t go to a foot doctor for open heart surgery, you shouldn’t work with an immigration attorney on a trademark application. Instead, you should work with an attorney who has worked on your particular type of project dozens of times before to make sure you get the best legal counsel possible. – Doug BendBend Law Group, PC

The information provided here is not legal advice and does not purport to be a substitute for advice of counsel on any specific matter. For legal advice, you should consult with an attorney concerning your specific situation.