No such thing as a routine court appearance

Who is your lawyer? The answer may seem simple, but when a larger firm is retained, the answer may not be so simple.

When a client retains counsel at a firm, the client should ascertain what attorneys will be handling the various aspects of the case, including all court appearances.  If a firm has a policy of sending younger, less experienced attorneys to cover “routine” court hearings, keep in mind that no court hearing is necessarily “routine.”  Crucial issues can arise in court at any time,  and the presenting attorney needs to be adequately prepared, and sufficiently experienced, to address all issues that may arise.  The client should make sure he or she understands the firm’s approach in this regard, and that the client is comfortable with the proposed plan for court appearances.