How do you choose a lawyer? From family and friends? A billboard? Or other sources?
The first thing to do is familiarize yourself with the laws in your state. Websites are great for this. A good website can give you a great overview of the law in your area. With all the data available on the web, there is no reason to be uninformed.
Here are some of the best resources for finding a good lawyer in Irvine CA:
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Local Referrals and Recommendations
If you know other business people in the community, you might want to ask them for referrals and recommendations regarding the good business law firms and lawyers in public business.
Although you will want to compile these recommendations, you will also want to take them with a grain of salt because you cannot be sure whether this recommendation is one of information. If you meet a lawyer with a specialization you do not need, you might want to ask them for recommendations.
Law Firm Website
Almost every law firm has a website. Law firm websites vary in quality and amount of information they provide. Some law firm's website provides a very limited amount of biographical information.
Once you have the name of a particular attorney you want to research, Google can be valuable. In "Googling" the name of a lawyer, one can often find other information about lawyers, sometimes including links to articles lawyer has written or link to the case of the lawyer has handled.