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Defense Base Act Lawyer Reviews and Ratings
Folks looking for a Defense Base Act Lawyer often look for a review website or a ratings website in order to help them choose the right Defense Base Act Lawyer for their case. Which, of course, is understandable. I would do the same thing if I were them.
While there aren’t Defense Base Act Attorney review sites and ratings sites themselves, there are two websites that I suggest you go to and check out in order to get ratings or reviews on any type of lawyer you are looking to hire. Whether that be a divorce lawyer, criminal lawyer or a Defense Base Act Lawyer.
My best advice
Before I get into the details about the websites that I recommend, I want to offer up some of my best advice. My best advice to you is for you to always tell the truth. Always. When bringing a court case, nothing is more important than your credibility. Nothing else is even close. The DBA insurance company lawyer is going to try and make you look like you are lying. If this happens, the Judge will rule against you and you will lose. Bank on it. I know I do.
My second best advice
Which brings me to my second best advice. The problem is that in many instances folks get caught in traps left for them by the DBA insurance company. In other words, they don’t know that they are messing up their case. Happens all the time. Well meaning honest folks get caught in one of the DBA insurance company traps.
Which is why I strongly suggest that you read my free book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case. We sell the book on Amazon.com, but I will send it to you for free and cover the shipping. I wrote the book to help folks like yourself get the compensation they deserve. You don’t have to believe what I say about it - the book has dozens of 5 Star reviews on Amazon.com. Take a look and see what other folks say, folks who have encountered a DBA claim and found my book extremely helpful.
Also check out my podcast at DBARadio.com, where I cover DBA issues in depth and answer folks questions.
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The 2 best websites for rating Attorneys
Specifically, I recommend that you go to Avvo.com and Superlawyers.com.
On Avvo.com you will find reviews of any particular Defense Base Act lawyer you may be considering. This website is for all types of lawyers - but you can also check out the lawyer that you are considering hiring. You will need to put in their name and location. Avvo also rates the lawyers using objective type information. This isn’t based upon what the particular lawyer says about themselves - but rather on their skills, accomplishments, accolades, publications, experience and the like.
Avvo also usually has client reviews that you can read.
This website is exclusive in that only the top lawyers in any particular practice area are chosen. Avvo.com rates all lawyers. Superlawyers is different in that lawyers can’t nominate themselves to be included. Only other lawyers - already chosen as a Superlawyer can vote for new lawyers.
With Superlawyers, the very best lawyers have to first nominate you and then vote on your acceptance. This is important on many levels. The acceptance criteria for Superlawyers means that only lawyers well respected by the best lawyers are then invited and accepted as Superlawyers.
Superlawyers is even more exclusive than a high rating on Avvo.com. Any Lawyer can say they are great, but Superlawyers is not based upon what a lawyer says about themselves - but rather what the very best lawyers say about them.
With Superlawyers, type in the persons name and location to see if they have been chosen as a Superlawyer. Or you can type in the type of lawyer: Defense Base Act Lawyer and check a specific location to see if there are any Defense Base Act Lawyers in that location.
What you are going to find is that there are only a very, very few Defense Base Act Superlawyers.
The Problem With The Internet
The biggest problem about the Internet is that anybody can say just about anything they want about themselves on their website. It doesn’t have to be remotely true. We check out other lawyers websites from time to time and we are amused and amazed about what many lawyers say about themselves and their skills. We see lawyer websites proclaiming the lawyers to be “Defense Base Act specialists” and they probably have had less than 10 DBA cases. If that many.
This is why we recommend you go to Avvo.com and Superlawyers.com and actually check out any lawyer that you are considering hiring.
Here are some additional questions, I recommend you ask any Defense Base Act Law Firm you are thinking about hiring?
1. How many Defense Base Act cases is their law firm currently handling?
You don’t want a law firm that is learning the DBA law with your case. You want a DBA law firm that knows the in’s and out’s of Defense Base Act Law. That has systems and procedures in place to handle your DBA case.
2. How many DBA cases does the law firm have with the DBA insurance company that you are up against?
Fact is, DBA insurance companies can’t take every case to trial. Your best chance at settling your case is by hiring a law firm that the DBA insurance company respects.
3. Does the DBA law firm actually take cases to trial?
You want and need a law firm that will take your case to trial. That is, actually taking DBA cases to trial. Ask about their current “Trial Calendar.”
4. Does the law firm publish information on the DBA?
If they write about the Defense Base Act, then they probably are specialists.
5. Does the law firm have any lawyers that have been elected to lead lawyer organizations?
It is simple, you want leaders - not followers.
6. How long has the law firm been handling Defense Base Act cases?
You don’t want a law firm that has no systems in place to handle your case.
7. Is a Lawyer running your Defense Base Act case or a paralegal going to run yur case?
There is one DBA law firm in the Western United States, that has a very, very well known and respected DBA lawyer. Trouble is, that lawyer is hardly ever in the office. Instead, they live far away in some exotic location and they have a paralegal that is doing all the day to day work. I've had their clients tell me that they never get to actually talk to the lawyer. Day to day stuff is fine for legal assistants - but you need to have regular contact with a lawyer. It doesn't have to be the main lawyer in the firm - but it needs to be a lawyer. It really is that simple.
No B.S. Lawyering
I always say informed clients are better clients. Some lawyers treat their clients like mushrooms. That is, feed them B.S. and keep them in the dark. These Defense Base Act lawyers tend to think that if they tell clients what is really going on in their Defense Base Act cases, then maybe the clients will think they don’t need a DBA lawyer.
Probably more like it is that the client will think they don’t need THIS Defense Base Act lawyer. I take the opposite approach - I put it all on the table and try and let our clients know exactly what is going on in their cases, exactly what is up with the DBA law, exactly what is going on with the DBA system. In other words, the facts of life - with no B.S. added.
Awarded Super Lawyer 2011-2017
Highest Avvo.com Rating
Awarded Best Lawyers
New York Times Top Attorney
Invited Speaker - Seminar – Defense Base Act
Chosen Trial Master by Consumer Attorneys
Chosen Top 10 Lawyer San Diego
Elected President of Consumer Attorneys
What Us Being From California Means
We are based here in in San Diego, California. This is a benefit to you. Few Defense Base Act lawyers have been handling DBA cases longer than us. The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. We have been handling Longshore Act cases since 1987. From San Diego to Oakland - we represent longshoreman, shipyard workers and harbor workers.
Because San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers and Oakland has thousands of longshoreman, we gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today, we represent more Defense Base Act workers than any law firm in California and the western United States. We have DBA cases against all the major DBA employers and insurance companies. This means that we know the Defense Base Act.
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