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During law school, John served as President of the Cuban American Bar Association at UF Law and Parliamentarian for the Student Bar Association. Additionally, John competed with the nationally ranked Florida Trial Team in several trial advocacy competitions, including the National Trial Competition, and was awarded the team's Outstanding Graduate Award upon graduating.
Prior to joining the firm, John worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Gainesville State Attorney's Office trying criminal cases, gaining significant courtroom experience, and as a legal extern for the City Attorney's Office for North Miami Beach where he obtained experience in municipal law.
He joined Stephen J. Kolski & Associates following his graduation from law school.
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.