Finding an Attorney

As a follow up to my previous question, are there ways of finding out what an attorney’s success rate is? Are there publications or journals that the public has access to that may be helpful in rating the efficacy of an attorney?

ONE MORE follow up! I likely have not be specific enough in my questions… I have read the Rosen articles on finding an attorney and have done enough research of my own from using the NC Bar web site and other resources to compile a list of of about 23 practices that might work for me. My problem is in narrowing down this group.

Am I supposed to call each firm and speak with each attorney? That doesn’t sound correct, does it? In one Rosen article it was suggested that speaking with courthouse personnel who regularly interact with the attorneys might be helpful. Again, how would I do that?

My line of questioning is getting at this: how can I narrow down my list of possibilities in order to find the best attorney for me?

It is important that you develop a good working relationship with your attorney. I would start by calling a few on your list and meeting with them, see which one you feel like you click the best with and then go with them.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.787.6361 main fax

Charlotte Office
301 McCullough Drive
Suite 510
Charlotte, NC 28262
Main Phone: (704)307.4600
Main Fax: (704) 9343.0044

Durham & Chapel Hill Office
1829 East Franklin Street
Building 600
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 321.0780


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IMNSHO, the Martindale-Hubbell directory can also be useful, and does have a (limited) peer-rating system for the attorneys.

Shortly before or after I relocate to my children’s town I will seek a temporary restraining order to stop my ex spouse from fleeing with them again. I will also initiate procedings that may yeild a more equitable custody arrangement. My problem is that since I live far away it seems difficult to determine which attorneys in my future county would be best to hire. I cannot be there in person to ask around for references or to go in for consultations.

How can someone like me find out which attorneys are better than others in a particular county? Or, what resources are available to me to find out more about attorneys in a particular county? (Forsythe)