The other day while I was doing some work for my website, I decided to google the search terms “Chicago DUI Lawyer” — and up came the name of an attorney I had never heard of before.
I won’t pretend that I know every attorney out there, but my practice is highly concentrated on DUI attorney and I appear daily at DUI court calls throughout Cook, Lake, DuPage and Kane Counties, so I either know or at least recognize most of the Chicagoland attorneys who work in this area.
So I was curious to look at his website and figure out who this attorney was.
The description on Google claimed that he was “an Experienced and Dedicated Chicago DUI Attorney.”
His website talked about the lessons that he had learned from his “experience as a DUI attorney.”
After looking at his website, I still didn’t recognize the attorney.
So then I looked him up on the website of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. On their website one can learn some basic information about an attorney, such as when he or she was licensed to practice, contact information, and whether there he or she has ever been disciplined for an ethical violation.
Upon checking this attorney’s name, I discovered that he had been in practice for thirteen months. It appeared from all information that this attorney was working as a solo practitioner, without the direct supervision of an experienced attorney.
As I said before, I do not know this attorney, and I do not know how much actual “experience” he has had in his thirteen months of experience.
I can say that when I was at a similar level of experience, I don’t think I was ready to handle every case that walked in the door all by myself. I probably was not even aware of all the things I didn’t know.
Perhaps this attorney is a prodigy, and will handle cases with complete confidence and competence. But I find myself doubting that. The fact that he chose to advertise himself as “experienced” after only thirteen months of legal experience is in itself a reflection of his character (and I am being generous, it appears that his website was put up when he had only eight months of experience) .
So as a reminder, if you have any questions about the competence, experience or ethics of an Illinois attorney, check with the Illinois Attorney and Registration Commission at www.iardc.org.