Miami Bankruptcy Litigation Lawyer
Richard is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been repeatedly named one of South Florida's top lawyers by South Florida Legal Guide. He has been litigation counsel to the Town of Miami Lakes and has also served as the Village Attorney for Miami Shores, Florida, since 1998. In that position, he has dealt with virtually all municipal issues, ranging from zoning and land use litigation, defense of police misconduct claims, discrimination claims, municipal bond work, code enforcement issues and other areas of local government law.
Richard is a member of The Florida Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Eleventh Circuits, the General and Bankruptcy Bars of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He received his juris doctor from the University of Florida College of Law, with honors, in 1979 and his bachelor of science from the University of South Florida in 1976.
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?
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- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.