Roberts & Durkee P.A. is a partnership of H. Clay Roberts and C. David Durkee. The law firm concentrates on serious cases that are likely to go to Court. The firm’s experience trying cases and being advocates, allows the firm’s attorneys to fight for justice to the fullest extent of the law. Whether you are a victim who has lost a loved one or a company that is being wrongfully sued, we strive to be the steady hand that navigates you through the legal system and settles the case in your favor. See the partner’s bios below:
Selecting the Right Attorney
Selecting an attorney is an important decision, and we recommend conducting extensive research to find the right legal counsel for your specific needs.
In fact, courtroom victories are determined by more than the merits of a case. The dynamics between the attorneys and their clients are critical.
Many people have become jaded by the negative stereotypes of trial attorneys and are unsure of the right criteria. Based on our decades of successful courtroom experience, we recommend the following guidelines:
- Trial experience.
Many trial attorneys have minimal court experience. Ask for the specific number and types of cases they have tried and won throughout their careers. This tells volumes about their abilities.
Most important, choose attorneys with a reputation for honesty and professional ethics. Ask for references. Finding the right trial attorney can be difficult if you don’t identify your goals and expectations regarding service, compensation and results. Writing your thoughts, asking intelligent questions and checking references can help you find an attorney who can help you achieve your desired results.
- Shared visions
Determine your desired outcome before meeting with potential attorneys. Then, articulate your vision. Determine whether they’re confident they can achieve your goals.
- Personal attention.
Firms with large teams of attorneys, paralegals and secretaries have to juggle many cases to pay their expenses. They may not always be available to answer your questions and ease your worries. Look for attorneys who are easily reached and meet you anytime, anywhere, including your home or hospital room. All staff members should know your name.
When considering smaller firms, make sure they have adequate finances, resources and access to research.
Choose attorneys who make you feel comfortable. Trust your instincts.
Some attorneys excel at finding easy solutions to problems. Often, some good legal advice and well-written letters from the right attorney can quickly resolve issues that other attorneys can’t fix.
Determine whether you want to compensate your attorney on an hourly basis or through contingency fees. Most commercial litigation, such as breaches of contract, is paid hourly. Ask potential attorneys to determine whether the prevailing party is entitled to attorneys’ fees. If not, legal representation might not be economically feasible for you. For example, you shouldn’t hire an attorney who seeks a $5,000 result but will charge you $5,000. If your case is paid through contingency fees, discuss possible outcomes and estimate possible legal fees and costs. Hire an attorney who adds value to your case that exceeds his or her fees and costs.