It is important to understand what makes for a great civil litigation attorney when you need one. The outcomes of your case depends on this. You can expect certain qualities from those regarded as the best in their field.
They should have no issues implementing the rules of evidence. This calls for a deeper understanding of said rules. The outcomes of some of these cases is down to whether the presented piece of evidence has merit in the case or not. Few attorneys understand these rules, and thus know when and who to object, or to respond to an objection. If you choose wrong, you may have just lost the case.
You need to choose one who oozes confidence. This is not a show of bravado, but a statement of the fact that they are in charge of a case and know where it is headed. They need to read the audience and adapt to a suitable language. When you have to decide, they should help you do so, not leave it up to you. Staying out of it is not a good sign of confidence.
They should have excellent organizational skills. They need to have all the documents they need in order. If they cannot keep such simple matters in check, they cannot be expected to steer the case in the right direction.
They need to also tell you like it is. Some of them try and present facts in the most palatable manner. If they cannot handle a case, they need to let you know and refer you to a more skilled attorney. If the outcome looks bleak, sugarcoating it only makes it worse in the end.
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. You are better off with an attorney that take their time to find a suitable solution to your query, than one who tries to give you a response fast, which turns out not to be adequate or applicable.
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 if it has to go there, you need an attorney who shall command the court room’s attention and present their case in the most convincing way. 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.