5 Qualities to Look for in a Civil Rights Attorney

5 Qualities to Look for in a Civil Rights Attorney

With so much at stake, it’s wise to hire a seasoned lawyer before proceeding with a civil rights claim. Chances are you’ve never needed a civil rights attorney, though, and you’re unsure how to go about finding someone who’s equipped to take your case.

Generally speaking, the best way to determine if you’ve found a reputable professional is by scheduling a consultation. While the lawyer will use this meeting to evaluate the situation and decide whether taking action may be worthwhile, you can use it to confirm that you’ve found the right counsel.

Let’s explore the kinds of qualities you should look for in your attorney during the initial case review so you can proceed with confidence.

1. Relevant Experience

Naturally, not all lawyers are well-versed in civil rights law. What’s more, of those who are, only some will have handled cases similar to yours.

When vetting attorneys, it’s important to inquire about their caseload. For example, you should ask how familiar they are with resolving the various issues you’re facing and whether they’ve helped clients who were facing comparable problems in the past.

2. A Track Record of Success

Although past successes do not guarantee future wins, it’s still advisable to ask about the firm’s track record during your initial consultation. If they have a history of securing sizable settlements and verdicts for their clients, it’s at least indicative that they’re committed to seeing cases through to the end. 

3. Integrity

You deserve counsel from someone who always practices with honesty and integrity. Look for an attorney who’s willing to discuss all possible outcomes to your case.

Since legal proceedings are inherently unpredictable, no reputable lawyer will ever promise to secure a significant payout for a client. If the attorney you meet with does, he or she is merely trying to get your business and doesn’t actually have your best interests in mind.

4. Compassion

Following a civil rights violation, it’s natural to be flooded with negative emotions. When you’re in such a vulnerable state, you need compassion and understanding. The most successful civil rights attorneys are those who take on wrongful parties with aggression and vigor but still approach their clients with warmth and empathy.

5. Availability

When questions or concerns arise over the course of the proceedings, you deserve prompt responses. As such, you’ll want to make sure the lawyer you’re considering actually has time to take your case and is committed to remaining accessible every step of the way.

Before leaving the meeting, ask who your point of contact will be and how long it will likely take him or her to get back to you. Ideally, you’ll be able to access your attorney directly, and you won’t have to wait more than a day or two for him or her to respond.

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