Having an attorney you can trust is key to ensuring that your business is always on solid ground. In the second episode of Lean Law, Mark Mohler shares some insight on what makes a good attorney-client relationship and how to vet an attorney to work with your business.
According to Mohler, good attorney-client fit has a lot to do with practice specialization. Attorneys are so highly specialized that it isn’t unthinkable to find an attorney with a lot of business law experience specific to manufacturing or ecommerce or anything else – and Mohler says that, as a business, that’s what you should aim for. Even if that means looking past your backyard. In the Internet age, Mohler says, a good lawyer is better than a close lawyer.
But how do you actually find someone you can trust?
By talking to a lot of attorneys, Mohler says. Most attorneys will agree to an introductory meeting free of charge – they’ll vet each potential client just as much as the client should do the same. To narrow down the search to start, though, Mohler recommends services like Avvo.com which offers a directory of lawyers based on specialization, rating and reviews. But at the end of the day, there is no replacement for a one-on-one meeting.