First and foremost, just remember the fact that “learning is a never-ending process.” It is important that you as a young lawyer need to be in touch with your practice area and attend continuing legal education (CLE) and other legal workshops regularly. To become an asbestos attorney, lawyers need to have a thorough knowledge of the asbestos-related diseases, specifically the effects of mesothelioma symptoms and the types of treatments available. Understanding the asbestos exposure and methods to identify people responsible for such exposure are required to handle asbestos lawsuits successfully.
Here are some key points that can help you become a successful asbestos attorney:
Developing Excellent Communication Skills: Communication skills, both written and verbal, are as important as legal knowledge. You will need to communicate your views concisely and develop sharp listening skills during conversations. An asbestos attorney needs to listen carefully to the details of the client’s medical condition and prognosis. You will also need to ask questions in order to gain more information about the illness and work history to prove how and where your client developed the sickness and then present all these details to the court. An asbestos attorney needs to be knowledgeable of the State and Federal asbestos laws.
Maintain integrity: Integrity is the basic necessity regarding your character and upholds your value and beliefs. In addition to the ethical duties mentioned at the bar association, you need to take responsibility for the cases you represent and be honest to your client.
Positive spirit and Determination: Always have a positive spirit and perseverance that will help you when representing difficult cases with a favorable outcome. Enthusiasm and positive attitude are necessary to handle challenging situations. Also, it does demonstrate your real interest in your clients and your law firm.
Embracing Failure: Learn to accept your failures initially as it is the path to success.It is quite important to avoid the fear of failure during the starting years.
Remain open to changes: Once you have been into legal practice for quite a lot of time, it’s even more challenging. The legal industry is ever-changing and for this reason, you should be able to keep the pace and create effective processes to serve your clients well.
Professional and personal networking: It is equally important to stay in touch and create a wonderful network of colleagues and mentors who will advise and guide you as well. The network could include former law school or college classmates, members of local bar associations or any social organizations. Establishing a good professional network will definitely help you get clients and promote your legal skills. You need to have extensive resources that will help you pursue lawsuits against all the responsible organizations and provide your clients with information regarding the best treatment options available for asbestos-related conditions.
Finally, it is important to conclude that there is no precise way that is said to create asbestos attorneys. Most lawyers will have their own specific method of managing cases and law firms do possess their legal strategies to handle asbestos litigations.
About the author:
Gregory A. Cade, the author is the founder and principal attorney at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. He is an Industrial Hygiene degree holder with a solid science background. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Birmingham Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Bar. He has represented thousands of individual as well as community claims all over the Southeast for the past two decades. He helps the victims of occupational/environmental asbestos exposure and other known toxins by representing their case and fighting for their claim. His areas of practice include environmental/occupational law as well as Mesothelioma and Asbestos.