A Senior Partner smiles and shakes clients’ hands while much less qualified and often befuddled Junior Associates do all the work? That is the wrong way to practice law, and yet it happens all the time in the most renowned and expensive law firms in major metropolitan areas around the country. Too often I hear clients say they wish that they had found me earlier, before they had wasted so much money on their prior attorneys who did little for them of real value, ultimately weakened their case, and charged them tens of thousands of dollars or more.
I am concerned by the questionable quality of representation provided by the prior attorneys of my clients, be they lawyers from large law firms or small. In reviewing the work performed by my clients’ prior attorneys at other law firms, more often than not I see problematic pleadings, transcripts that show muted representation at court hearings, boilerplate contracts with significant holes that lead to litigation, missed opportunities, faulty advice, lawyers that don’t return calls, apathetic negotiation skills, and worst of all, inflated attorney invoices with multiple attorneys and their support staff billing the client for redundant tasks and leaving clients financially strapped just when they need money most.
I find that clients often hire the first attorney that jumps into their laps, often with lofty promises of big gains and low fees, all starting with a free consultation offer. Buyer beware! What do you know about your lawyer? Your case matters – it is likely one of the most serious events in your life. Choose your attorney very carefully, paying special attention to your attorney’s Educational and Professional Credentials, Ethics, and Value.
My Law Practice is founded on the Simple yet Elegant premise of providing discerning Clients with Personal, Dedicated & Experienced Legal Representation in a variety of Practice Areas that are crucial to Corporations and Individuals.
It is hard to find a good attorney. There are so many serious pitfalls. For example, beware of attorneys who offer you incredibly low Flat Fees for supposedly handling “the whole case.” Sometimes, these attorneys will do the bare minimum to handle your matter, and that’s a far cry from doing what is morally necessary to give you the very best shot at victory. Or, when dealing with larger law firms, remember that you may just be paying tens of thousands of dollars for a junior associate with little experience to handle your case. A competent attorney may very likely be able to handle the same work and do a much better job, but for thousands of dollars less than the larger law firms charge.
I have consulted with Mr. Ali Ebrahimzadeh, Esq. on several occasions. On each occasion, I found his assistance to exceed my expectations. . . .Mr. Ebrahimzadeh attentively listens to the legal matter at hand and dissects the issues to explain how the legal aspect applied to each issue. He stays unbiased and focuses on explaining the legal strengths and weaknesses of the matter at hand. The legal picture he presents is complete and thorough, which allows a client to make guided decisions on the course of action. Decisions taken in haste can prove disadvantageous and Mr. Ebrahimzadeh’s sincere input was extremely helpful in making the right decisions. Mr. Ebrahimzadeh is meticulous in reading and evaluating the subject of the legal matter, which always results in a well-informed client. The synergy between a well-informed client and his/her attorney makes the handling of the case more efficient for both the parties. Mr. Ebrahimzadeh’s broad knowledge of various legal matters and willingness to accommodate schedules makes him my first preference when I seek advice on legal matters.” – A Client Review, September 25, 2010.
More importantly than anything else, an attorney must possess impeccable Ethics, because much of what happens in a lawyer’s office happens behind closed doors. Can you trust this attorney to do more than what is minimally required of him by law, especially when it seems that he is never returning your calls and emails? Can you trust that this lawyer will give you “A+” work, and not just the bare minimum so he protects himself from sanctions and discipline? Some large law firms have multiple partners and associates working needlessly and redundantly on your case in an effort to “pad the bills.” How can you avoid such a trap? Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible, as many clients simply don’t have the wherewithal to select the right law firm to hire. These are crucial questions that you can answer by looking up a lawyer’s publications, pro bono work, associations, memberships, credentials, and politics. I have made sure to provide answers and easy links to all these questions on my website, and I encourage you to read about me so you understand my character and motivations. Make sure to look at my Articles as well as my Attorney Profile.
Mr. Ali Ebrahimzadeh, Esq. earned a “Superb” rating on Avvo.com in 2010 and 2014.
It is essential to peruse the Credentials of the attorney who will actually work on your case. What law school did he graduate from? What undergraduate university? How are these schools ranked? This matters, because it speaks of a lawyer’s intelligence and motivation. What kinds of honors and memberships does this attorney have? Further, what kinds of cases has he worked on? Has he done 30 years of dusty work, or is this lawyer a true litigator, with hard-hitting experience, pizzazz, and fire in his belly? You can find out exactly this kind of information about me because I believe it’s your right to know. Please read all about me, Ali Ebrahimzadeh, Esq., on this website, and please peruse my Sample Case History as well.
I believe in paying for the best on the market, and reading the way you write your letters [to the opposing parties], you’re definitely worth it.” - Client Emailed Testimonial for Mr. Ali Ebrahimzadeh, Esq., Summer 2010.
Finally, what kind of Value is your attorney giving you? What is his hourly rate, not just his retainer – because remember, when an attorney receives a retainer fee from you, it is placed in an account that he will draw from for all his hours of work on your case, and for each hour he will charge you his hourly rate which is usually upward of $300 per hour. Many clients forget this fact. Value is a matter of what you’re getting for your money’s worth. Is your attorney handling your case like some petty poker chip on a gambling table when discussing the facts in a backroom discussion with the judge or opposing counsel? Or is your attorney getting serious, staying on top of your case with a pitbull’s tenacity and a sage’s diplomacy?
When you’re choosing an attorney, remember all this advice, look hard, demand answers, and don’t forget to turn aside the curtain so you can see what’s really going on backstage. This way, you can find the right attorney for you!
I welcome you to set-up an Initial Consultation with me. I will discuss your case, give you some straight talk about your case instead of false and lofty promises, and discuss a possible legal strategy that will seek to optimize your case’s strengths and work through its weaknesses. I focus on giving you the most aggressive and creative legal representation available, working hard to perform all the necessary tasks to help maximize your chances of success, while seeking to keep costs and fees affordable.
A Sampling of Ethics-Related Blog Posts by Mr. Ali Ebrahimzadeh, Esq.:
- Character is Everything
- Keep Your Word: A Contract Is A Contract
- Tort Reform, Defamation of Character, Depression in the Technology Age, and Other Modern Ethical Qualms
- Buddhism and the Practice of Law
- 25 Brilliant Things To Do For Our Planet