How can I find out the % of cases that a lawyer has won Versus the ones that they have lost ?
Answer: First, "won" is a nebulous term. You could "win" by getting a sweet settlement, without ever trying the case. Or you could "win" by losing a trial verdict, but leveraging a settlement by threatening an expensive appeal. Conversely, you could "lose" by "winning" a verdict on liability, but getting only $1 in damages. This is all compounded by the fact that most lawsuits involve multiple claims, counterclaims, and cross claims of varying significance, that can be won or lost all the way up to and through trial.
So I would ask an attorney if he or she has ever dealt with a case like yours before, and if so have them describe the particulars (how long ago, where venued, and the outcome). Also ask how long it took to be resolved, and whether the attorney would have done anything differently. If they have had many cases like yours, ask them to rely on that experience in making a bottom line guess as to how long it will take to resolve your case, the likely outcome, and what it will cost to have them represent you. Remember, you are hiring them, so ask as many questions as you like--and if they are too busy or too distracted to answer your questions fully, then they are clearly too busy to handle your case. Good luck!
This is pretty much impossible and let me tell you why:
What "won" and "lost" means is comepltely subjective. Sure, the OJ attorneys won, but most cases aren't that clear cut.
The vast majority of cases settle, and there is no real winner and loser.
If any lawyer tells you his winning percentage, no doubt he calculating all the settlements as "wins." I've never known a good lawyer to caluculate wins and losses. They might know the number of trials they have won versus lost, but that doesn't really tell you anything. They might have had clients who had really bad cases who insisted on trial. If any lawyer tells you his win/lose percentage, I just recommend getting a different lawyer.
the american bar association should have this info its public info
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