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What to look for when hiring an attorney
Prominent Tampa Bay area attorneys Paul and Peter Catania.
Prominent Tampa Bay area attorneys Paul and Peter Catania. [ Photo courtesy of Catania & Catania. ]
Published Dec. 28, 2020

Whether you’re were injured in an auto accident, are suffering due to medical malpractice, or have experienced any number of other problems due to negligence, finding an appropriate attorney to advocate for you in court can be daunting — at a time when you are already under major stress. These suggestions can help guide you, so you can be confident in your final decision.

Search for Relevant Experience

When you’ve been injured in an auto accident, a divorce lawyer — no matter how renowned — is not the right choice. If family, friends or co-workers have hired a lawyer for an issue similar to yours, ask them for recommendations. Or check with your state and local bar associations. Some groups and organizations offer lawyer referral services for their members.

Do Your Research

If possible, interview more than one attorney before you choose the one to represent you. (Check ahead to see if you will be charged for an initial meeting.) Describe your issue briefly and clearly. Ask about their experience, fees, what your options might be, your chances of success, who will do the work, and how long it might take to get the issue resolved.

Once you’ve decided on your attorney, understand what you’ve both agreed to. How often will the lawyer update you? What information will you be required to provide? (The more detailed the records you keep, the better.) Do you understand all your options? What will the total cost be? If at any point, you’re not clear on exactly what your lawyer is doing, ask for clarification. You should be comfortable with your lawyer’s approach to your case. And of course, be forthcoming with all the facts and circumstances surrounding your situation.

The Catania & Catania Advantage With seven skilled and experienced attorneys on staff, Catania & Catania’s small size enables their firm to deliver highly focused, personal and attentive service. Their clients work with the partners in their firm — not lower level associates or case managers. So you’ll always have a legal expert to address your questions.

Top Legal Expertise Catania & Catania provides the highest quality of legal specialization both inside and outside the courtroom. They represent only injured parties — never insurance companies — and are known for treating every case as if it’s going to trial. This is an important detail. It means that insurance companies will be less likely to try to push you around when Catania & Catania is handling your case. Depending on the attorney you select, practice specialties include:

Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

Personal Injury Protection

Auto Negligence

Medical Malpractice

Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse

Nursing Home Law

Product Liability

Social Security Disability

Workers’ Compensation

DUI/Criminal Defense


Legal Research and Writing

The Highest Possible Recovery Since 1992, the attorneys, counselors and staff of Catania & Catania have had one mission: to get each and every injured client the best recovery possible. They have a distinguished record of winning high awards and settlements on behalf of their clients (visit here for a listing of settlement amounts). And they only collect a fee for their services if they succeed.

To learn more, visit or call 1-855-756-9277.