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Core considerations in hiring an employment lawyer

Chances are, if you’re looking into hiring an employment lawyer, it’s your first time. Most people don’t experience employment-related disputes regularly, so when they encounter the need for employment counsel, the legal process is unfamiliar.

In this post, we examine some of the key questions you should ask any employment lawyer who will be potentially handling your case.

  • Do you have relevant experience to my case? If you’re filing a lawsuit against your employer for sexual harassment, experience in wrongful termination suits may not be very helpful. Does the lawyer have experience handling the specific claims and legal issues that pertain to your case?
  • Who’s going to be working on my case? When you first visit a law firm, you may meet with a firm partner, but your case could later get handed off to a new hire. You want to know who will be handling your case, and get their credentials.
  • How long have you been practicing in this area? Employment law is nuanced and extremely detail-oriented. It pays to have someone who has a proven track record in this field.
  • Where is my case going to be heard? Ask your lawyer about your case’s jurisdiction. Cases in Texas are sometimes filed in state court, other times in federal court. Most often the jurisdiction will be in the area where the wrong occurred. Does the lawyer have expertise in that particular jurisdiction? Are they comfortable practicing in federal/state court in that jurisdiction?
  • Can you anticipate the other side’s moves? It can be extremely advantageous if your lawyer has a demonstrated understanding of how the other side thinks. A former defense lawyer who has represented large employers in the past can provide valuable insight into how to create a strong case against them.
  • Are you easy to reach? Find out who your main point of contact will be at the law firm—and their preferred method of communication.

The decision to take legal action against your employer can be stressful. Finding the right lawyer can remove your burden and help put your mind at ease.

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