Searching for a Lawyer

Searching for a lawyer can be a challenging task, especially for anyone who does not have prior experience looking for or working with a lawyer. An important first step is to focus your search on finding a lawyer who has knowledge and experience relevant to your particular legal problem. In most circumstances, you should also focus your search on lawyers who are dedicated to providing legal advice and representation in the jurisdiction where you need legal help.

You should carefully research a lawyer before retaining him or her, such as by confirming that the lawyer is licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction where you need legal help, determining how long the lawyer has been practicing law, and finding out whether the lawyer has ever been subjected to discipline for unethical conduct. In the District of Columbia, you can obtain some of this information by going to the website of the District of Columbia Bar Association and searching its member directory. Other useful resources for researching lawyers include online directories such as and

Another important step is to speak directly with each lawyer you are considering. Any lawyer worth considering will take the time to speak with you about your legal problem and to answer your questions about his or her law practice, background, and fees before you need to make any commitment whatsoever. You should consider speaking with multiple lawyers so you can find one who suits your needs.

I have extensive knowledge and experience in the area of civil litigation, and am a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar. If you need legal advice or representation in Washington, D.C., please send an inquiry to me by e-mail.

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Doug Melcher