Large and small plaintiff firms. Is one better than the other?
As the practice of law has expanded over the years more and more plaintiff firms have grown tremendously in size. Although most people have become accustomed to the large commercial defense firms having attorneys in the double or even triple digits, people are now noticing the plaintiff firms growing in size as well. There was once a time when the normal lawsuit involved a small firm going to bat against the large defense firm in a David v. Goliath type match. Just recall the movie “Class Action.” Today, I sometimes hesitate to refer to the practice of law as a “practice” instead of a “business” because there are so many firms, many of which are enormous in size. In any regard, the size of the plaintiff firm isn’t necessarily an indicator of the service and results you might receive.
The large and small plaintiff firms each have their respective advantages and disadvantages against one another. At the end of the day it really comes down to the client’s comfort level with the firm. The larger firms tend to have greater resources (i.e., money) to handle cases, however they also tend to take on a much higher volume of cases than the smaller firms do so their resources may spread thin from time to time. This can sometimes make the larger firms appear to look like “mills” as they handle large flows of cases on a regular basis.
The smaller firms, however, have to be a little more exclusive on which clients to represent as they bare a larger risk if the case goes sour. A smaller firm will also tend to provide the client with more customer service via direct contact with the attorney handling the case rather than the attorney’s paralegal. Larger plaintiff firms may also have a portion of staff focused solely on pre-litigation work and the other portion of staff focused on litigation. Some of the larger firms may even have a staff of lawyers who handle trial work in-house. The smaller firms can do all the same work as the larger firms, but may get caught up from time to time if their case load gets too large and demanding. Either way, the size of the firm and how many attorneys they have working in the office is by no means an indicator of how satisfied you would be with their work.
So, which is better? Neither. Its totally a factor of preference.
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