If you are interviewing attorneys, you may well want to speak with those who have prevailed in at least one matter against the attorney or plaintiff suing you-- or at least any ADA case-- rather than a lawyer who has little or no experience in this increasingly-specialized area. We also suggest that you speak with a few attorneys who have handled at least 50 ADA/accessibility lawsuits, because they are more likely to be dealing with these issues on a full-time basis, or have developed substantial internal systems to reduce cost; see "Attorneys who have defended at least 50 ADA/accessibility lawsuits" section further down this page.
A few significant results from around the State are posted below. If the attorney's contact information is not current, the State Bar's website may have better information.
The information posted below may not be current, and/or may be subject to appeal, so be sure to confirm any facts which might be relevant to your decision. We have not reviewed other other documents or cases in which these attorneys have been involved, do not recommend or endorse them, and urge you to conduct a complete and thorough investigation for your particular needs.
Courtney M. Coates, Esq., Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos Rudy, LLP, 333 Market Street, 23rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Attorneys who have defended at least 50 ADA/accessibility lawsuits
The following California attorneys are believed to have handled at least 50 ADA/accessibility lawsuits. Not all lawsuits they have handled may appear on the reports next to their names, and particularly if they are one of a number of attorneys to have worked on a matter, they may have had little involvement with it. You should independently confirm the suitability of any attorney for the needs of your particular case. The fact that an attorney is listed on this page does not constitute an endorsement, and we have not investigated the results of these cases, overall defense costs, work quality or whether these individuals maintain appropriate professional liability insurance. There may be other attorneys who have handled 50 or more ADA/accessibility lawsuits which have not been listed here, and there is no assurance that all cases shown in the reports are ADA/accessibility lawsuits. Some attorneys with fewer than 50 ADA/accessibility lawsuits may be included because we believe they handle these cases primarily or exclusively and would be worth considering as part of a panel of alternatives; again, you are encouraged to personally verify any information which is relevant to you in your selection of counsel.
David Warren Peters Lawyers Against Lawsuit Abuse, APC 402 West Broadway, Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 275-2000 Fax: (888) 453-1262
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If you are being sued about ADA claims, we’d suggest you look for a lawyer with at least the following minimum qualifications:
S/he should have practiced law for at least five years (this can easily be verified on the website for the State Bar of the state in which you live; for example, in California, the information can be found at www.CalBar.CA.gov);
S/he should have no public record of discipline by the State Bar or other regulatory authority in the state in which you live, or if s/he has such a record, you should be both familiar and comfortable with the facts underlying it (again, this information may be available on the website of the State Bar for your state);
S/he should have handled at least fifty (50) cases involving ADA claims (no matter how good a lawyer is, you don’t want them learning “on your dime”);
If s/he is not rated “A-V” by Martindale Hubbell (www.martindale.com), are you personally familiar with at least several satisfied clients for whom the lawyer has fully completed similar services, from start to finish?
S/he should be covered by errors and omissions insurance (surprisingly, this is optional in many jurisdictions, and many lawyers go without it) and should be comfortable confirming that coverage in writing, as well as the applicable policy limits.