Lawyer Sues Lawyer Rating Service Over Bad Scores

from the let-the-world-know dept

One of the problems with the legal industry is that it's opaque. Sure, the big corporate law firms do have established reputations and brands, but individuals in need of a lawyer don't have good ways of finding one. Last week, a new site called Avvo was launched that promised to compile ratings and reviews on lawyers nationwide. The launch got a lot of buzz, in part because of the novelty of the idea, but also because the ratings system, by most accounts, didn't work. Several top-caliber lawyers, including sitting Supreme Court judges, weren't given particularly good ratings. Not surprisingly, one lawyer that didn't like his rating is already threatening to sue the site. There's no telling how the courts will respond, but since the site is just synthesizing data from other sources, there wouldn't seem to be anything blatantly illegal going on. Legal issues notwithstanding, it's baffling why the lawyer would want to file this suit and bring more attention to his low rating.

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    AC, 27 Jun 2007 @ 4:38pm

    if you really need to know

    check with your states grievance commission. for example,

    http://www.agcmi.com/pages/AGCInvestigations.html

    you can find out formally investigated complaints that have been sent to discipline boards. many will not tell you about complaints that have been dismissed, which is pretty fair.

    and while this isnt a way to fine tune your choice for a lawyer, it can certainly be a step in weeding out some of the ones with bigger problems.

    but as with most things in life, there are no guarantees.

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