It is important to understand what makes for a great civil litigation attorney when you need one. This may well determine your fate in the end. You can expect certain qualities from those regarded as the best in their field.
They must know how the rules of evidence apply. They thus should know how these rules play out in court. The outcomes of some of these cases is down to whether the presented piece of evidence has merit in the case or not. A good litigator will know the applicable rules and how to object to it, or how to respond to an objection. If you choose wrong, you may have just lost the case.
You need to choose one who oozes confidence. This is not to mean arrogance, but a deep understanding of the case, and the demonstration of their control over the events. They need to read their audience, and act in a manner that suits them. When you have to decide, they should help you do so, not leave it up to you. There is no difference involved in staying out of the decision.
They need to be well organized. There are certain documents and other court material that needs to be in order. If they can lose focus on such simple things, then they shall have a hard time keeping up with the ebb and flow of a case.
They need to also tell you like it is. Some attorneys like to tell their clients what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. They need to try and be upfront about their inability to help in your case. If your case has slim chances, you need to know this.
They should also make plans to get more educated. One cannot be expected to know all the intricacies of the law. If you approach them and they are not aware of certain details, they need to take their time to get you a proper answer, instead of guessing what is not there.
They need to also tell you clearly how they shall be paid. It needs to be in writing, with the billing system stated, whether hourly or contingent.
They need to know how to bargain in a case, as well as how to talk in front of people. It takes a lot for a case to get to court. But if it has to go there, you need an attorney who shall command the court room’s attention and present their case in the most convincing way. This in itself will make the other parties reconsider taking the case to court. It is also important for them to know how to talk to people on an individual level.