Selecting the Right Lawyer Can Be Your Most Important Decision

It has become increasingly difficult to pursue a civil lawsuit successfully in Texas. Even the most meritorious cases can be lost if the lawyer is inadequately experienced in the subject area, is insufficiently creative in his or her approach, or pays insufficient personal attention to the development of the case.

Good professional judgment at all stages is vital, as is a strong sense of trust and personal rapport between the client and the lawyer.

Unfortunately, the market does not provide much meaningful guidance on which lawyer would be best for any case. And what may at quick glance appear enticing — a lawyer pounding on the table or touting how mean or aggressive he or she will be — is seldom a good predictor of how the lawyer will handle any particular client’s highly important case. Moreover, relatively frequently lawyers will take a financially appealing case with the intent of referring the case out to another lawyer, with whom the client has no familiarity or knowledge.

In short, in selecting the best lawyer for your case the stakes are high, the risk is great, and the information is sparse and sometimes misleading. Accordingly, it is important to obtain whatever reliable information you can and to interview the prospective lawyer. The prospective client should be seeking to identify an attorney who: (a) has specific experience in the relevant field; (b) is recognized by his or her peers for excellence; (c) has a proven track record; and (d) will pay close individual attention to the client’s case.

Tim Riley was an honors graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. He has been practicing law in Texas for more than three decades, all focusing on civil litigation, with a heavy emphasis on professional malpractice lawsuits and commercial litigation.

He has represented clients in more than one hundred medical malpractice lawsuits…and the last 13 years exclusively for plaintiffs. Riley has tried scores of lawsuits and handled dozens of appeals, arguing five cases before the Texas Supreme Court.

Riley is Board-Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers for 2010-2014; only 5% of lawyers in the state are so recognized.  Texas Super Lawyers is a publication of Thomson-Reuters.  Riley has been named by H Texas from 2007-2015 and Houstonia in 2014 magazines as among “Houston’s Top Lawyers.” He has been afforded a top AVVO peer rating of “10.0, superb.” The leading peer review publication Martindale-Hubbell has recognized Riley as “A-V Pre-eminent” in his field for more than 25 consecutive years. In 2014, Riley was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. Best Lawyers in America is a publication of Woodward White, Inc.  Riley has had appointments as Adjunct Professor of Law at two Houston area law schools, the University of Houston Law Center and Texas Southern University – Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He has been a frequent lecturer at attorney continuing legal education conferences.

Riley started his practice with a large law firm, but elected in 2001 to become a solo practitioner, in part to devote more personal time to every case he handles. Riley does not accept cases for further referral, nor does he seek out the assistance of other lawyers in case development.

Take a look at the short video on the right, and then the videos relative to the subject area of your potential claim. If you think this law firm might be the right choice for you, fill out the intake form, send an email, or call Mr. Riley personally at 713-646-1000. He will be glad to hear from you.