If you ever find yourself in need of a civil litigation attorney, you will have to know how you pick the best one. This may well determine your fate in the end. There are certain qualities the attorney must possess for you to consider them.
They should have no issues implementing the rules of evidence. They thus should know how these rules play out in court. The outcomes of some of these cases is down to whether the presented piece of evidence has merit in the case or not. A good litigator will know the applicable rules and how to object to it, or how to respond to an objection. If they have no such skills, you may end up paying dearly, or in losing the case.
You need to choose one who oozes confidence. This is not to mean arrogance, but a deep understanding of the case, and the demonstration of their control over the events. They need to read the audience and adapt to a suitable language. When you need to decide on a few options, they should not serve as messengers presenting them to you, but as partner helping you choose. Staying out of it is not a good sign of confidence.
They should have excellent organizational skills. There are certain documents and other court material that needs to be in order. If they can lose focus on such simple things, then they shall have a hard time keeping up with the ebb and flow of a case.
They need to be honest with you all the way. Some attorneys like to tell their clients what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. They need to try and be upfront about their inability to help in your case. If the case is not going as expected, they need to also tell you.
They also need to strive to stay updated about developing issues in law. IT is good to admit when they need to learn something new. If they cannot help you with a suitable answer at the moment, it should not be a big issue them asking for more time to give you a proper answer, instead of trying to sound impressive with the wrong answer.
You need to also know how they charge for their services. It needs to be in writing, with the billing system stated, whether hourly or contingent.
They need to know how to bargain in a case, as well as how to talk in front of people. Some cases do not get to court. But should it get there, you need an attorney who can stand and talk and have people following every word. This in itself will make the other parties reconsider taking the case to court. It is also important for them to know how to talk to people on an individual level.