“Who is the best lawyer in Buffalo?”

If you are searching for the best lawyer in Buffalo, New York, you probably know by now that there are a lot of lawyers in Western New York that will claim that title for themselves. There are roughly 5,000 lawyers admitted to practice in Western New York. Most lawyers now focus their practice on specific areas of the law. The days of “general practice” law are over, in part because with each passing year more laws are passed, and more cases are decided that alter the way each case should be handled. It’s become more difficult to remain up to date on changes in the law unless you spend time keeping up to date on the latest developments.

So asking “who is the best lawyer in Buffalo, NY” is not as easy to answer as you might think. The easy answer is, “it depends”. It depends on what type of case you have, or what type of issue you are dealing with. The answer may also be different for every person, since communication is so important to the client-attorney relationship. If you aren’t comfortable communicating with your attorney, you may not get the results you wanted. It’s as much about chemistry as anything.

A quality attorney will have substantial experience in the area of law your case involves. That means he’s dealt with the issues your case presents before, and knows what to expect as your case proceeds. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t need to listen to you or obtain information from you to prepare your case. Any lawyer worth a dime will take the time to investigate the facts of your case by methodically gathering information from every available source, beginning with the client. If the client isn’t comfortable talking with her lawyer, it will invariably effect the quality of that investigation.

Once the attorney has gathered the relevant facts in a case, he will then rely upon his training, experience and ability to analyze the matter, and advise the client of the best way to proceed. If you were to break that down into a simplified equation it would look something like this:

Information + analysis = advice

If there are faults in either the information gathered or the analysis performed, then the quality of the advice provided will suffer. Fortunately you play a significant role in the process. You provide the information, and when you retain a lawyer, you choose the quality of the analysis provided. But both factors in the equation rely upon communication between the client and attorney. Communication also effects the outcome of the case once the attorney provides advice to the client.

It doesn’t matter how much you spend on a lawyer if you don’t follow his advice. If you ignore your attorney’s advice, or your attorney fails to effectively communicate his advice, then you’re in no better position than you would be if you picked a monkey to represent you.

That’s why its important to take your time when making your choice. Take the time to meet, face to face, with each prospective choice, and don’t ignore your instincts. If you just don’t feel as if you can get along with a particular lawyer, or you think you might have trouble communicating effectively, then you should probably keep looking.

James Quinn Auricchio, Esq. is an Attorney with offices in Western New York. A former State and Federal Prosecutor, Mr. Auricchio focuses his practice in the area of Criminal Law. He can be reached at 716.941.4336.