March 6th, 2023

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Civil Litigation Attorney

Whether you’re considering suing someone or you are the defendant in a lawsuit, finding the right civil litigation attorney is crucial. With so many options out there, it can be challenging to know where to start. At Gross McGinley, LLP, our civil litigation attorneys have helped clients in Pennsylvania protect their rights and interests for more than 40 years. Asking these questions can help you find a knowledgeable civil lawyer who meets your specific needs.

How Much Experience Do You Have in Civil Law?

The best way for civil litigation attorneys to become adept in civil law is through courtroom experience. How many cases have they argued in front of a judge or jury? Do they have experience settling matters using alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation?

Experience is vital, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you must choose an attorney who’s practiced law for decades. The team at Gross McGinley includes younger lawyers with a great deal of litigation experience, especially in our “home” counties in PA. Regardless of age, each of our litigation attorneys is knowledgeable regarding the procedural and substantive rules for local judges and courtrooms. We’re fully equipped to help with any of your legal needs.

Have You Handled Cases Like Mine?

From real estate litigation to insurance defense, there are many types of civil cases. Finding a lawyer experienced in litigating your specific issues can make all the difference when it comes to the outcome of your case. Our legal teams at Gross McGinley, LLP, handle a wide range of civil law matters in local, state, and federal courts. Don’t hesitate to ask if a civil litigation attorney has handled cases similar to yours.

Do You Have Any Additional Training in Civil Law?

The best civil litigation attorneys are dedicated to keeping up with legal developments and continuing education. You want to choose an attorney who’s as committed to continuous improvement and lifelong learning as the lawyers at Gross McGinley are.

Who Will Handle My Case?

Knowing your point of contact and who will be handling your case at a civil law firm can help make it easier to stay abreast of what’s happening with your case. Our teams of attorneys and professional legal staff work collaboratively to provide the best possible legal representation to clients. Responsive, individualized attention that meets your specific needs is a must.

What Are Your Thoughts on My Case?

Your initial consultation with an attorney is a great opportunity to find out what they think about your case. Because taking a case to trial is often time-consuming and costly, a lawyer likely will provide alternative solutions that could save you time and money. They also will advise you on potential outcomes, what the process will look like, and let you know what to expect as your case moves along. You also may want to ask about what type of approach an attorney will take and how their litigation style helps them win cases.

What is Your Fee Structure?

Before hiring an attorney, it’s important to understand how you will be billed and pay for their services. In addition to hourly fees, you may incur costs for court filings, expert witnesses, and other necessary expenses. The last thing you want is a financial shock when your case comes to an end. Our civil litigation attorneys clearly explain fees, costs, and how you will be billed. We’re happy to answer any questions about the cost of legal representation.

Contact a Civil Litigation Attorney in Pennsylvania

At Gross McGinley, LLP, we’re dedicated to providing forward-thinking legal solutions and serving clients in Pennsylvania with compassion, integrity, and respect. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call 610-820-5450.

The content found in this resource is for informational reference use only and is not considered legal advice. Laws at all levels of government change frequently and the information found here may be or become outdated. It is recommended to consult your attorney for the most up-to-date information regarding current laws and legal matters.