Here is what they tell me:
“I only want what’s fair. I don’t want to make a million dollars out of this lawsuit.” That’s what they say in our first meeting, more than anything else.
Which means a couple things. One is that they are afraid of getting screwed, and they don’t want that to happen. They want someone who can protect their rights.
The other is that they distrust lawyers generally. They want someone who is smart, decent, and honest.
And hardworking. (I am writing this on a Saturday afternoon, in my office.)
I think they see a lot of lawyers as Snidely Whiplash, from the old “Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoon – someone who’s sneaky, who needs to use a bag of tricks to get ahead, who is always scheming.
They don’t want Snidely Whiplash.
They are looking for someone who returns their calls. When I ask people how I did for them, they nearly always say that I did this.
I ask them if they are happy with the job I did. They nearly always are – I suppose that this could mean that they don’t want to get into an argument, but I think they are being honest with me.
If I tell them – as I sometimes have to – that the lawsuit isn’t worth as much as they would like, they hardly ever complain. They would rather hear the truth from me, now, instead of a year and several thousand dollars in expenses (such as filing fees, deposition expenses, court reporter fees, and expert doctor fees) down the road, from a jury.
If you want to find out whether you want me to work for you, there’s really only one way to know – call me, Bill Strubbe, a Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer. My phone is 513-621-4775. There is no charge for talking to me.
Other lawyers refer their clients to me. And if you decide you‘d rather hire someone else, that’s OK.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed. All discussions are limited to Ohio law unless otherwise indicated. And past performance cannot be used to predict future results.