Do your research. Like all service-based industries, it pays to spend some time and effort researching potential wrongful termination lawyers.
What to look for? Look for a wrongful termination lawyer who practices exclusively in employment, human rights and/or labour law, and licensed to practice in the jurisdiction in which you work or reside. You probably do not want to entrust your case to a general practitioner as employment law is nuanced and changes frequently.
Look for someone who is regularly interviewed, published, and does speaking engagements with reputable organizations. That way you are sure to find a wrongful termination lawyer who is up to date on the state of the law.
You may also wish to speak with someone certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as an expert in the field.
Ask around. Talk to friends, relatives, anyone who has experience with a wrongful termination lawyer. Get their impressions of the lawyer, the firm, their fees, and what their overall experience was like.
Beware of wrongful termination lawyers who want to meet with you for free. Often you get what you pay for and these wrongful termination lawyers may just be fishing for lucrative cases.
Feel free to get a second opinion or meet with a few lawyers at different firms until you find the right wrongful termination lawyer for you and you case.
Finding a lawyer and a firm that you are comfortable with is key as a successful case depends on trust and communication between lawyer and client.
Author: Ellen Low, Whitten & Lublin