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How to Choose a Veterinary Practice Litigation Attorney

If you are in the market for a veterinary practice litigation attorney, there’s a lot you need to consider. After all, choosing an attorney is an important matter. Despite the importance of choosing the right attorney, however, the process doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, when done correctly, it can be an informative, enjoyable experience that leads to a productive, mutually beneficial professional relationship. Below are some things to consider when choosing a veterinary practice litigation attorney. 

What should you look for in a veterinary practice litigation attorney?

Experience and Rate of Success 

When choosing an attorney, you should ask him about his rate of success handling cases similar to your own. However, keep in mind that success may refer to both courtroom judgments and favorable settlements. So be sure to have your prospective attorney be specific when discussing this issue. Ideally, the attorney you choose will have a track record of both courtroom and settlement success.

Settlement vs. Trial 

Some litigation attorneys prefer to take cases to trial, while others prefer to settle cases. There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with either approach, but you should ask your prospective attorney which he prefers. Ideally, you should choose an attorney who is comfortable with litigating cases at trial and settling cases. An attorney who is comfortable with both will be able to objectively determine which route makes the most sense for your specific case. 

Communication

You should also ask your prospective attorney about his preferred method of communication. In addition, you should determine whether the attorney you initially meet with will be handling your case or whether the bulk of the work will be performed by a junior associate. A good attorney should be willing to answer all questions you have about the legal process and your case. 

Payment 

Finally, you should determine your prospective attorney’s method of billing. Some lawyers charge by the hour, and others work on a contingency basis. Ideally, you should choose an attorney who offers cost-effective services, charges on a flat-fee basis, and offers retainer plans with reduced rates for certain litigation services, such as courtroom appearances. 

Contact Our Experienced Veterinary Practice Litigation Attorney at Mahan Law

Running a veterinary practice is a unique experience. Therefore, if you run a veterinary practice, you need the legal services of an experienced veterinary attorney who understands the unique challenges posed by the animal care industry. At Mahan Law, we understand the veterinary business. Founded by veterinary hospital owner Anthony Mahan, our practice is dedicated to helping veterinarians avoid litigation by helping them design well-crafted agreements and proactive policies and procedures. Our litigation attorneys are as comfortable at the settlement table as they are in the courtroom. If your veterinary practice is facing a litigation issue, we will provide you with powerful representation when you need it most. Therefore, if you require legal assistance, please contact us for a consultation.