My philosophy on choosing the right lawyer is simple – TEAMWORK: make sure that you feel comfortable enough with your lawyer to be able to work together as a team. Regardless of the type of issue you need to resolve, you will likely need to have a number of meetings, telephone calls, and other contact with your lawyer. When your lawyer is negotiating with the other party/parties, you will be asked to participate in those discussions or provide your comments throughout the negotiations.
The better you are able to communicate with your lawyer, the smoother your matter is likely able to be resolved. The lawyer you choose needs to have not only the expertise required to resolve your matter, but also the personality that will allow you to work together. Every lawyer is different. Choose the one that is right for you.
Usually, after the initial consultation, you will be able to determine whether this lawyer is right for you and for your case. Trust your instincts.