It is important to understand what makes for a great civil litigation attorney when you need one. This may well determine your fate in the end. There are certain qualities the attorney must possess for you to consider them.
They must know how the rules of evidence apply. They need to understand the rules of evidence. Most civil case outcomes are hinged on the admissibility or inadmissibility of a given piece of evidence. A good litigator will know the applicable rules and how to object to it, or how to respond to an objection. If you choose wrong, you may have just lost the case.
You need to choose one who oozes confidence. This is not a show of bravado, but a statement of the fact that they are in charge of a case and know where it is headed. They need to read their audience, and act in a manner that suits them. When it comes time to recommend a course of action, they need not just to present options, but give their preferred choice. Staying out of it is not a good sign of confidence.
They should have excellent organizational skills. They should not have certain material relevant to the case missing any any time. If they cannot keep such simple matters in check, they cannot be expected to steer the case in the right direction.
They should remain honest at all times. There are those who may try and make the truth sound as sweet as possible. If they cannot handle a case, they need to let you know and refer you to a more skilled attorney. If your case has slim chances, you need to know this.
They need to also take time to learn new things about the law. Not everyone knows everything. If you approach them and they are not aware of certain details, they need to take their time to get you a proper answer, instead of guessing what is not there.
They need to also tell you clearly how they shall be paid. It needs to be in writing, with the billing system stated, whether hourly or contingent.
Their negotiation skills, along with their ability to express themselves well, is important. It takes a lot for a case to get to court. But if it has to go there, you need an attorney who shall command the court room’s attention and present their case in the most convincing way. Hiring one who is known for this will get your case settled before you even see the court. They should also have great interpersonal skills.