Choosing an attorney to represent you is an important but daunting task. The decision certainly should not be made on the basis of advertising. The Yellow Pages are filled with ads--all of which say basically the same thing. You should not hire based solely on TV advertising--anyone can buy a slick commercial. Click here to read a great article that accurately describes the difference between "clearinghouse" and "elite" law firms.
How Do You Choose? How do you find out who, in your local community, is the best for your case? We believe that there are certain questions to ask that will lead to the best person for your case--no matter what the specialty. It may involve some time on your part, but that's OK because the decision as to who your attorney will be is very important. Go here for links to great sites on family law, bankruptcy, immigration and real estate. We don't practice in these areas but these lawyers have done a great job of giving you free information!
The world of personal injury, insurance and malpractice law is much too specialized for someone who does not regularly handle these cases. Too many times we have looked at cases that other, inexperienced, attorneys have handled. You should be aware that the insurance companies who defend personal injury and malpractice cases know who the attorneys are in your area who actually go into court to try cases and who does not. The insurance companies use that information to evaluate their risk. One of the first questions an insurance adjuster will ask when a serious claim comes in is: who is representing the plaintiff?
If you are represented by an attorney who has never tried a malpractice case or who "handles" a lot of automobile cases but settles them all, you may not be in the best of hands. We believe that it is so important that you get into the right hands that at the end of this article we print the names and telephone numbers of other good attorneys in our area. Why do we give you the names of our competition? Easy - we believe that we are all on the same side in battling the insurance companies (there's an insurance company behind just about every case.) These people are attorneys who we have a great deal of respect for in our area. It is our desire that people with meritorious cases get into the hands of the experienced, good, trial lawyers in our area.
So how do you find out who is good in your area? Here are some tips.
If You Don't Hire Us, or if We Decline Your Case, Please Consider Calling From this List of Experienced Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Attorneys:
(in alphabetical order)
|Bill Artz (Arlington)||703-243-3500|
| Elaine Bredehoft (Reston)|
|Tom Curcio (Alexandria)
Product Liability only
|Peter DePaolis (Falls Church)||703-237-9300|
| Jerry Erickson (Prince William)
|Peter Everett (Fairfax)||703-691-1235|
|Marty Freeman (Bethesda)||301-315-0200|
|Steve Garver (Reston)||703-471-1090|
|Bob Hovis (Annandale)||703-642-5800|
|Tom Mains (McLean)||703-748-1101|
|Pat Malone (DC, VA)||202-737-7777|
|Mike Miller (Alexandria)||703-519-8080|
|Jack Olender (DC)||202-879-7777|
|Shep Williams (DC)||202-857-0877|
|Warner Young (Fairfax)||703-352-1300|
|Chuck Zauzig (Lake Ridge)||703-490-1182|
This list is not meant to be either all encompassing nor an endorsement of any particular attorney but is simply intended to give you a good start! Not all of these attorneys practice in all three of the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury and insurance litigation. All are, in our opinion, very good trial lawyers. If you have any questions, email us.