And while it may sound immodest, I am a pretty good writer, and I get that feedback often. I’m good because I care. You’d be surprised at how many lawyers do not.
Whether your potential lawyer can write should be central to your decision about what lawyer to hire. Except for certain very basic kinds of law that we do not do – real estate closings and traffic tickets come to mind – writing figures prominently in the successful resolution of a legal matter. Think about it. Writing takes many forms. Not just legal briefs, but persuasive letters to opposing counsel, emails, legal memoranda addressed to you in understandable language, settlement agreements, and even text messages. Communication is how cases are resolved. Best to control communication well.