The senior litigation partner, Howard S. Kass, will also be available when necessary to handle specific claims. Mr. Kass has been involved in personal injury defense litigation since 1963 and is a veteran of every type of complex defense litigation. Previously set forth names of carriers and clients for whom he has tried cases and the nature of matters referred to him indicate the confidences reposed in him. He is an active member of the New York State, Nassau County and Brooklyn Bar Associations, as well as a member of various committees of the State and Nassau County Bar Associations, including the Insurance Law and Unethical Practice Committees. Mr. Kass is an arbitrator and a mediator for the American Arbitration Association, as well as a member of the American Arbitration Association Advisory Committee on Uninsured Motorists.
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.