Memphis ERISA Lawyer
DEBORAH GODWIN received her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1979, and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Boston College Law School in 1982. She received her Tennessee license to practice law in 1982, and she is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits. Listed in Best Lawyers of America, Deborah is a member of the Memphis Bar Association (Employment Law Section) and American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section; Committee on Developing Labor Law). She is director of the firm's ERISA law section, and her practice includes ERISA, labor law, employment law and workers' compensation law. In addition, she loves to fish.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.