Many people have the mistaken belief that “bigger is better”. They believe that hiring a large law firm is the best course of action when they are confronted with a lawsuit. In my experience, the best decision a client can make when a lawsuit must be filed or defended is to retain an attorney who is a sole practitioner. Some of the many benefits of a sole practitioner representing you in a lawsuit are as follows:
A sole practitioner is more efficient than groups of lawyers. There is substantial cost and fees incurred when lawyers divide up legal research, discovery and trial. It is nearly impossible for a lawyer to effectively communicate to other lawyers regarding all aspects of a case. A lawyer needs to be present for all meetings, depositions, motions and be familiar with all documents and pleadings to really know the case. Doubling or tripling of lawyer time is expensive. Multiple lawyers are an inherent inefficiency of a large firm.
A sole practitioner who handles the discovery will know what story to tell at trial since he is the trial attorney. Every trial is an effort to tell your side of the story. The sole practitioner will have conducted the depositions and has been able to analyze and observe first hand the parties, witnesses and documents which are important to the case. He will not divide up the trial, but instead will be able to maintain and introduce a consistent and flowing story to the trier of fact.
Large firms spread the legal work of the case around to others, which jeopardizes consistency and efficiency. Usually there is a partner in charge of the case with associates doing much of the work. The partner may or may not try the case. The lawyer who has done much of the work on your case may be moved or assigned from your case to some other case.
When you retain a sole practitioner you know who your lawyer is, who is responsible for the work to be done, and who you can communicate with about your case.
No lawsuit is too big for a sole practitioner since if a single trial attorney cannot comprehend it, how is it possible that a single judge or a collection of average citizens in a jury can understand it? The sole practitioner knows what his case load is and his availability and he should be able to take a case based on his first hand knowledge of his workload.
Trying of a lawsuit is most efficient if there is one lawyer who is familiar with every aspect of your case.