Hiring the right employment lawyer to represent you can be tricky. You want to make sure that whoever represents you in a wage and hour case has experience in this field. You also need to be informed because the Fair Labor Standards Act is federal law and not all attorneys are experienced in federal litigation.
Below are five tips to help you learn what factors make up an experienced employment attorney.
- Free consultation – Almost any employment attorney you consult should provide a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Many times, our firm can determine the facts of a case through telephone and e-mail communication. This allows us to quickly exchange documents like pay stubs for attorney review.
- Successful case results – Any attorney you meet with should be able to provide you with recent recoveries in wage and hour cases. You should ask if the attorney has handled cases like yours before. Read our Case Results for examples of how our firm has made successful recoveries for workers in FLSA cases.
- Percent of cases involving employment law – Be sure to ask what percent of the attorney’s practice is dedicated to employment law cases. If the firm has several attorneys make sure you know who will be handling your case and ask if phone or e-mail is the best way to stay in contact. For our firm, 50 percent of our cases are wage and hour cases.
- Understand the fees – Most employment lawyers will work on a contingency fee basis. This basically means that after a successful claim they will charge a percent of the total amount recovered in your case. Make sure you understand the agreement and what will happen in the event that a case must go to trial. When you contact our office, we cover every expense up front, and you are never charged anything unless we make a recovery for you. In the event of a trial we still are responsible for all costs, so there is no risk to you. Watch this video on our attorney's fees.
- Professional organizations – Good lawyers will be members of a professional organization related to their field. One of our employment attorneys, Galvin B. Kennedy, gives speeches and presentations on the Fair Labor Standards Act for Continuing Legal Education courses across Texas and he is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Our firm represents workers in wage and hour litigation nationwide. We have helped workers in every industry to recover their back wages, back overtime pay and attorney’s fees, including: nurses, paralegals, cable installers, service technicians, tipped employees, restaurant employees, independent contractors, loan officers and more.
Contact our employment lawyers today by sending us a contact form or by calling toll-free: 1-888-449-2068. You can also order our free book, The 10 Biggest Mistakes that can Hurt Your Wage and Hour Claim.