LAWYERS LISTINGS RATINGS SYSTEM
LawyersListings utilizes a lawyer ratings system that evaluates lawyers listed on the site for their Internet savvy and technological advancement as it pertains to the quality of service they offer clients. Each requirement that is met merits the law firm one checkmark within their listing. A total of four checkmarks is possible. If a law firm does not possess any checkmarks, they may have chosen not to participate in the ratings system, or they may not have been rated yet. A star within any listing denotes membership, and a blue ribbon within any listing denotes honorary membership. A video camera denotes the law firm utilizes and/or offers videoconferencing, a service LawyersListings' parent company, enlighten technologies incorporated™, offers.
The ratings system is based upon the following criteria:
- Does your law firm possess a web presence? This is defined as any form of website promotion, such as a website, logo, or banner ad, or some form of web link.
- Does your law firm utilize secure online backups, client file management or Internet research? Examples include LAWCHEK®, WESTLAW, LEXIS, or Legalconference.com™.
- Has your law firm been in practice, and using computers, for five years or longer?
- Has your law firm, or any member, received an Internet or technological award or been highlighted in any major publication? Or, has the firm participated in 25 trials or more.
Upon review, if your law firm qualifies in at least one area, you will receive a checkmark. If your law firm meets more than one of the listed criteria, you will receive checkmarks for each area met. For a key to the ratings system, please see the Legend below:
|UTILIZES MINIMAL TECHNOLOGY|
|UTILIZES BASIC TECHNOLOGY|
|UTILIZES ABOVE AVERAGE TECHNOLOGY|
|USING ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY|
|FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION|
|UTILIZES OR OFFERS VIDEOCONFERENCING|
Additionally, there are certain services that will rank Lawyers or rate Lawyers. However, a great deal of caution should be used in viewing most of these publications since such ratings may be politically motivated. Some services look at the number of years an attorney has practiced. Sometimes special ratings are given to Lawyers who are members of large firms. Therefore, if an attorney is not rated as highly by some of these various services, it does not necessarily mean that the attorney is not extremely skilled or well qualified for that particular purpose. These sources of attorney rankings may be helpful, but should be a secondary matter in the process of selection.
The primary considerations in selecting an attorney should be whether the client feels comfortable with the attorney selected and if he is confident that the attorney is competent in his field of expertise. Much depends upon an individual's judgment, and many times an attorney is hired on the basis of referrals from other individuals who have for one reason or another experienced an attorney/client relationship as a result of work performed. The client must feel very comfortable with the attorney and must feel confident that the attorney selected is the one who can capably handle the client's needs.
If your law firm needs assistance regarding the ratings system in determining an accurate rating for your firm, we would be more than happy to advise you. Please call our toll-free number at (800) 529-5121.