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Should I take the case?
This section recommends sources to help lawyers conduct a client interview, review the merits of the case, and evaluate the possible monetary rewards if he or she chooses to accept a retainer. Verdict and settlement reports can be used to gauge the value of a case and will also be helpful to determine appropriate and inappropriate compensation. A list of resources to identify other attorneys is also included. If you cannot accept a case you may want to refer a potential client to another attorney and benefit from a referral fee.
The Attorney-Client Relationship: Resources
In a law library catalog, use the subject headings "attorney and client--United States" or "interviewing in law practice--United States" to identify relevant materials.
Case Valuation: Resources
Verdict Search: New York
This title is also available electronically. Contact the reference desk, firstname.lastname@example.org, for the username and password. For direct online access, click on the following link: Verdict Search
New York Jury Verdicts & Settlements on Lexis Advance
To search jury verdicts and settlements on Lexis Advance, select "jury verdicts and settlements" from the content type drop down menu and "New York" from the jurisdiction drop down menu beneath the main search bar or click on the link above.
Morelaw.com: Verdicts & Decisions
Morelaw.com is a free online source, which allows you to either browse verdicts and decisions by subject or to run a keyword search for a verdict. Simply click on the appropriate link under the Verdicts & Decisions menu on the left hand side of the screen.
Lexis Verdict & Settlement Analyzer
Enhances early case assessment and strategy planning by helping litigators access key verdict and settlement reports from relevant past cases, quickly analyze results and data from those cases, and then generate professional reports that can be shared with clients or colleagues to illustrate decisions and help manage expectations.
Bloomberg Law: ALM VerdictSearch Reports
To search jury verdicts on Bloomberg Law, first select ALM Media, and then select ALM VerdictSearch Reports. After you run your search, you can filter it by date.
Reviewing the Merits: Resources