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Perhaps you have gotten a referral for an attorney of excellent reputation but you'd like to do a little further investigation before meeting with this person for an introductory interview.
There are ways to investigate claims or cases someone has been involved with by doing a search in various places, finding the lawyer by name and specialty. Legal directories, such as Martindale-Hubbell, list attorneys worldwide with their area of specialty if any.
Another source of information might be your local bar association. There, you can find out if any disciplinary actions or complaints have been filed against a particular attorney.
Most of these resources obviously are available over the phone and Internet as well. Websites exist to match legal expertise with client need. Most of these locating services can assist you in finding a lawyer by name or a lawyer in your local area. Generally, these services are fast, free and confidential. Once you have given the staff the type of case you're involved with, they can provide names of attorneys in your area.