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Attorney Jeff Murrell - Monthly Payment Plans. Free, confidential e-mail and telephone consultations
(I provide legal consultation to clients in the Spanish and French languages).
Are you thinking about hiring a "Super Lawyer" to defend you against criminal charges or to handle your divorce or other family-law matter?
Don't be fooled by winners of lawyer popularity contests, such as Martindale-Hubbell's over-rated rating system or attorneys named in "Super Lawyer" publications (more like "Super Expensive Lawyers")! Both types of rating schemes are based primarily on polls sent out to attorneys who then nominate lawyers whose names have been put to them for a vote, or they name lawyers of their own choosing. (I routinely throw such polls that I occasionally receive right in the garbage!) These schemes have been around for a long time, but they have always boiled down to nothing more than popularity contests among lawyers and should not necessarily be given the degree of credibility that their for-profit creators have so cleverly marketed them to have all these years. In fact, you should be very suspicious of hiring a lawyer that other lawyers like so much that they nominate him or her to be the equivalent of a state-bar homecoming king or queen - lawyers of course like other lawyers who do not give them a hard time in court and who do not fight them zealously and make them work harder than they want to for the sake of their clients!
If you want somebody's opinion about how well a particular lawyer knows his or her stuff, or how hard he or she will fight for you, then ask the lawyer for client or other references (and beware the attorney who is hesitant to provide you any). It's that simple.
Look for an attorney who has a significant number of years experience with no professional discipline, who teaches other lawyers and who is published in one or more of his or her fields of expertise. We are the ones you can really count on.
I maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and I was selected as one of the top 100 family lawyers out of all those practicing in the State of Wisconsin for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. I also received Martindale-Hubbell's Client Distinction Award for 2015 because my clients selected me as one of less than 1% of the best attorneys from throughout the U.S.A. in a variety of categories, including communications ability, responsiveness, quality of service, and value for money. I was also recently Chosen by The National Trial Lawyers for membership in top 100 criminal-defense lawyers in Wisconsin.