One of the biggest questions that people have once they’ve decided
they need a lawyer is “Which do I choose?”. There are certainly
a wide breadth of options that are available to you. From the sole practitioner
to the firms that seem to own every billboard in Colorado. This post is
going to look at firm size and discuss the advantages and disadvantages
to various kinds of personal injury firms.
The sole practitioner.
Sole practitioners are certainly an option when looking for legal representation.
There are certainly some advantages to going with a sole practitioner.
Access. A sole practitioner likely has a smaller case load than attorney’s
at other firms. This makes them more available to speak with you.
Depth. You’re likely going to get more individual work on your case
from the attorney himself. This may be valuable if you have a particularly
A lack of support staff. A sole practitioner may only have 1 or no support
staff members. This means the ringing phone falls on deaf ears if they’re
in trial or a meeting. With a larger firm there will always be someone
to take your call.
Lack of collaboration. With a sole practitioner, you’re relying on
their judgement alone. When something they haven’t encountered comes
up there’s no senior partner to help.
The large firm.
Many of us know our local large firms well from their billboards, tv commercials,
etc. While there are certainly advantages to going with a big name, there
are certainly some drawbacks too.
Responsiveness. With a huge amount of support staff, there will always
be someone to pick up the phone and answer questions for you.
You will likely talk to your attorney once (If at all!). Unfortunately,
with these large mill firms you lose the ability to have any sort of meaningful
relationship with the person working on your case.
It’s a numbers game. These firms have a very highly engineered and
streamlined process to make money. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean
they always have your best interest at heart. With the sheer number of
inbound cases they get, there’s a huge incentive to settle right
away. Where we give victims a voice, they give you a ticket to stand in line.
The Boutique Firm
This is typically a firm that has between 2 and 10 attorneys on staff.
This is the ideal sized firm for most personal injury cases.
A robust support staff. Like the large firms, the staff to attorney ratio
is large enough that there’s always someone to pick up the phone
and talk to you. The nice thing though is that with a more balanced case
load, they can actually take the time to go through your case with you.
Collaboration. With a more built out staff size than a sole practitioner,
there’s the ability for your attorney to collaborate with their
peers. This can have the advantage of getting more than 1 opinion and
adding multiple perspectives to your case.
Patience: With a boutique sized firm like Jordan and Associates the incentive
is to do what’s right for their client, not just push cases through.
It strikes the balance of resources that allows them to wait for the outcome
that is right for you, not their pocketbook.
There’s certainly a lot to consider when it comes to which firm is
right for you, but the above guide is a good place to start.
If you’re in need of an attorney that won’t treat you like
just another case,
we would love to talk.