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A Per Diem Attorney’s Guide To Hiring Per Diem Attorneys

A Per Diem Attorney’s Guide To Hiring Per Diem Attorneys

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2018 has been treating you well so far.


I’m very excited because the article below which includes my 4 tips for hiring the BEST per diem attorneys was published today in the ABA’s and here it is:


A Per Diem Attorney’s Guide To Hiring Per Diem Attorneys


Today, more than ever, it’s imperative for small law firms to hire the right attorneys. Small law firms are hiring contract attorneys and per diem attorneys to avoid the risks and costs of hiring a permanent staff of associates, and the trend is here to stay.


A downside to this cost-effective trend is that law firms that choose this path have to frequently hire new attorneys and trust that each of them has the law firm’s best interests at heart. Hiring the wrong contract or per diem attorney can have expensive and time-consuming repercussions. None of us have excess time to fix someone else’s mistakes and repair a case that has fallen apart.


I’ve been a per diem attorney since 1999. Over the years, I’ve had so many requests for coverage, I’ve often had to hire other per diem attorneys to handle the overflow of cases. Because of that, I created Now on a daily basis, I hire many attorneys to handle court appearances and depositions for cases throughout the state of New York.


Every time I hire an attorney, I put my firm’s reputation on the line. So I understand firsthand just how critical it is to always hire the right attorneys for the job. Here are the top four lessons I’ve learned about hiring the best per diem attorneys over the years and I hope they help you.


1. Hire someone everyone likes


As a long-time per diem attorney in Manhattan, I have great relationships with many attorneys and judges. Over the years there have been many times when judges have been more lenient on my case and enabled me to win arguments I otherwise might not have—all because I’d established a good rapport with them over the years. I’ve also had adversaries go easy on me when they could have chosen to give my client a very hard time if we didn’t have a solid relationship. One of the ways I assess a potential hire’s likability is to have a long conversation with them that begins with small talk.  If I like them, chances are good that others will as well.


2. Hire someone who has is very experienced at their job


At this point, I only hire attorneys with over a decade of litigation experience. No matter how specific a case’s instructions are, you never know what could happen in court that will challenge an attorney to make a snap, in-the-moment decision. Experienced attorneys understand what the long-term results are from each decision and know how to handle the unexpected in a way that prevents more work for the small law firm later on.


3. Hire someone who has specific and relevant experience


When a request for court coverage comes in, I always hire… CONTINUE READING ON THE ABA’S SITE HERE!