Having a workplace dispute with an employer is the last thing anyone wants, but unfortunately, things aren’t always smooth sailing. While some of these disputes can be solved through communication, it is impossible to address some through this method of conflict resolution. For instance, what if you find out your employer embezzles money from innocent clients and as a good citizen, reports them causing him/her to fire you? Well, this puts your financial stability at stake, and fortunately, you don’t have to bear with this as there are laws that protect you. While it is possible to sue your employer on your own, hiring an employment attorney is more advisable as they are well versed with such cases, and will help you with the paperwork as well as give your lawsuit a professional outlook, thereby strengthening your case. But how do you find the best one? Read on to find out.
Ask for references
There are gazillions of whistleblower attorney out there hence finding the best one in such a crowd is no easy feat. However, asking for references gives you somewhere to start. To get good references, you can
– Ask friends and family for referrals
– Ask lawyers from a different realm, for instance, your family’s real estate attorney
– Use the state or local bar associations to find a certified attorney within your locality
– Use private referral services
Get at least five to ten references.
Narrow down your list
Armed with your list of references, it is now time to narrow down your list. First, consider what area of law the attorney specializes in. You want to hire someone who has handled cases similar to yours in the past. Such a person is not only experienced but is familiar with the legal process involved. Also, even though it is not a must, it is more recommendable that you hire someone who is within your locality. This is not only convenient but also makes him/her easily accessible thus you can reach them whenever you have an inquiry.
Find out their background info on ethics violations
Don’t buy every word that a friend or attorney tells you about a specific whistleblower attorney. Take time to dig up more info on each attorney on your referral on your list. Any ethic violation by an attorney means that you cannot trust them. Fortunately, most countries keep records of any disciplinary actions taken against a lawyer in the past hence you can look up the attorneys on your list against these records. If you find any form of ethical violations, for instance, misappropriation of client funds, steer clear of them.
If their records are good on ethic practices, Go through their website and look at their previous portfolio, look at customer testimonials and go through their social media pages to see their responsiveness.
Meet them up
Finally, with your list down to at least three attorneys, book a consultation with each one of them. During the meeting find out how long they’ve been in practice, whether they’ve handled cases similar to yours before, how and when should you expect updates? Ask about the strengths and weaknesses of your case, attorney’s fees and what additional charges should you expect in the long run. Also find out whether they have malpractice insurance among many other questions.
Make a decision
Choosing a whistleblower attorney comes down to your gut feeling. On that note, pick one who you feel you were more comfortable around, or one who you felt addressed your concerns better.