Long-time Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory participants have this to say …
Given the economy, many attorneys are taking on cases in areas with which they are not familiar, and a number of recent graduates have been forced to “hang out a shingle.” As a result, there are many attorneys out there who could use a little advice from an experienced attorney. One of the best ways for attorneys to connect to share their expertise is through the Lawyer-to-Lawyer network. I have been a participant for many years and have found it to be a rewarding experience. I have also made use of the network on occasion.
Because I believe that sharing our expertise is crucial to the provision of competent representation to clients, I have made providing mentoring to attorneys one of my goals as Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors Rights Section chair. In fact, in September I am co-chairing “Bankruptcy for the Rest of Us,” a seminar directed specifically at non-bankruptcy attorneys.
– Jim McNeilly, Salem
Because I practice in a fairly specialized area, I can answer questions for lawyers who encounter environmental issues during the course of a real estate or business matter. Many times the initial telephone inquiry has led to a referral – an added benefit, but not the primary reason for my participation.
I’ve also used the directory many times myself. Over the years, the contacts I’ve made through Lawyer-to-Lawyer have often developed into long-term professional relationships that have been very rewarding.
– Elizabeth Rich, Plymouth
I have been listed in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory for more than 10 years. I participate because I am willing to share the knowledge I have in the areas I choose to specify. I am also grateful for the advice and pointers I receive when I use the directory in areas where I have a question.
Recently, I answered a question on appellate procedure for a grateful younger member of the bar embarking on her first appeal, and I had my bankruptcy question answered by a different member listed in the directory.
The directory helps all of us serve our clients better, and is therefore for the greater good of the general public. I encourage all practitioners to use it, and to volunteer to be in it. We all have specialized knowledge in some area of the law.
Kent A. Tess-Mattner, Brookfield
Aug. 17, 2011 – Join a network of attorneys who share their knowledge in particular areas of law with other lawyers through free, brief telephone consultations. This 500-plus attorney network helps increase competence within the profession, reduce malpractice, and provide better delivery of legal services to the public. Sign up for the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Directory by Sept. 30.
Lawyers who need a colleague’s advice can readily identify other lawyers who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise in specific areas of law. The directory also includes an alphabetical listing, and a topical listing that is broken into nearly 50 topics – from administrative/government law to worker’s compensation. The easy-to-use out-of-state listing facilitates finding Wisconsin-licensed lawyers who practice in other states.