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John Allison has practiced law for 43 years. He built a successful private law practice as a trial lawyer and litigation attorney representing individuals, small businesses, non-profits and large companies. His law practice grew based on repeat business and referrals from satisfied clients. He chaired a committee of the American Bar Association and was a Judge Pro Tem. He also served in management roles at two different law firms. After being in private practice for 24 years, John was hired by a Fortune 100 company as its senior in-house litigation manager. He wrote the guidelines and criteria the company used to hire and evaluate lawyers in private practice. He personally hired and led teams of lawyers representing the company in mass tort, class action and other complex litigation. As Assistant General Counsel, John served on the Office of General Counsel Management Committee and had overall responsibility for the litigation managed by the Office of General Counsel worldwide. He also was legal counsel for the company's Medical Department and Environmental Remediation Program, and advised senior executive management on effective strategies for handling a number of challenging issues.
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  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: The Coach for Lawyers, LLC (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615859828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615859828
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Decent overview of how to hire a lawyer, but seems a little thin on concrete advice.

The examples of "checklist" approach to problem solving vs true thoughtfulness were very good.

But, as a lawyer who has represented many different kinds of clients, I didn't feel like this had enough specific information, especially with regard to researching lawyers on the Internet.

I also think it would have been useful to cover the use of non-lawyer services like LegalZoom, Avvo etc. Not every "legal problem" needs to be solved by a lawyer.
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This is a practical and comprehensive presentation, offering insider tips which are rarely discussed This is highly recommended to anyone facing a situation where they need to select the proper lawyer. All lawyer are not the same, and this book explains why.
Nelson Hendler, MD
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I have known lawyers most of my life, have employed several, and have even liked some. But there are things in this priceless little book that I did not know. The first chapters, "Understanding Lawyers" and "The Legal Profession Today", explain enough about how lawyers think to help, I think, the average person be less bemused by whom they are hiring. Chapter 3, "Legal Skills and Experience", explains the basics of the different competencies of lawyers. There is nothing too earthshattering here, unless you try to hire an attorney without knowing what's in this chapter. The same is true for Chapter 4, "How to Find Lawyers", and Chapter 7, "Legal Fees". The real stength of the book, however, starts in Chapter 5, "The Qualities To Look for in a Lawyer." Mr. Allison is the founder of The Coach for Lawyers, and previously managed litigation for 3M: he knows a LOT about hiring attorneys. I have personally used him twice to find an attorney, once for myself and once for a patient of mine (I'm a physician.) That being true, I didn't expect to learn much reading his book, but I did. Chapter 5, "The Qualities to Look for in a Lawyer", Chapter 6, "Red Flags", Chapter 8, "How to Learn About Lawyers Online", and Chapter 9, "The Interview" are full of pearls of wisdom teaching how to spot a lawyer who is unlikely to serve your needs...or one who is. It's just like I was on the phone with John, or, better yet, he was sitting on my shoulder while I'm interviewing an attorney. The book concludes with Chapter 10, "Changing Lawyers", and Chapter 11, "How You Can Tell that You Made a Really Good Choice"...a good choice like buying this book! Don't be put off by its small size (53 brief, pithy pages): what you need to know is probably here.
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I've hired several lawyers who took my money, and my time, and did nothing for me. Really nothing. I was surprised that was possible. But now I understand enough about how lawyers think about clients like me, and how I should think about them. I think everyone who may ever need a lawyer should read this book.
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