The 3 Most Important Attributes to Look for in a Lawyer

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Finding and hiring a lawyer can be intimidating, especially if you’ve recently gone through a stressful experience, such as an injury. If you are looking for an attorney, it’s incredibly important to know how to find a good one.

“Most lawyers obviously have to know the law, but great lawyers have to be able to interpret the law and communicate that interpretation clearly for the benefit of the client,” says attorney Steven Goldberg of Steinberg Law Firm, which has been serving the Charleston area for 90 years. The firm assists clients with personal injury claims, workers' compensation, and more.

So if the time has come to find a lawyer, here’s what to look for to make sure you find a good one.

1. Reputation, Reputation, Reputation

“When you’re looking for a great lawyer, reputation should be first and foremost,” Goldberg says. “It’s best to ask your friends and neighbors who they use and see if they had a good experience.”

Be sure to determine how long the firm has been around and if they know their way around a courtroom, he adds. Experience matters!

2. Great Communication Skills

Once you've established they have a good reputation, it's important to meet the lawyer face-to-face and make sure you feel comfortable with them. Steinberg Law Firm offers free consultations for all clients so they have the opportunity to meet the person who may be their attorney. The firm only takes a fee if they help the client make a recovery.

“You have to make sure you and the lawyer can communicate, and that they’re someone you can trust. Make sure you’re not going to be intimidated about asking questions or worried about sounding stupid,” Goldberg says. “Ultimately, you want to make sure your lawyer is there to help you, and you can usually tell that in the first meeting.”

He adds, “If you have a connection and get along with them, then you will have a good experience.”

3. Someone Who Cares, Listens, and Works Hard for You

“Lawyers of course are trained to know the laws of the state, and there can be complex terms and phrases people aren’t used to,” Goldberg says. “That’s why at Steinberg, we listen carefully to clients and always explain what we think is the best course of action.”

Ultimately, you’re looking for someone to help and guide you, and you want to know right off the bat that they’re willing to go the extra mile for you.

“We’ve been around 90 years – for a reason. We work hard, we care, and we’re able to really get along with the clients,” Goldberg says. “We all became lawyers to help people, and that stands true of all my colleagues.”

With offices in Charleston, Goose Creek, and Summerville, the attorneys of Steinberg Law Firm can help with personal injury claims, workers' compensation cases, car accidents, and more. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, visit them at or call (843) 720-2800.