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Posted by Chelsea on December 14, 2000 at 09:30:15:

In Reply to: Re: Reputable Tenant Lawyers? posted by gary on December 14, 2000 at 00:24:51:

I wouldn't advise choosing a lawyer solely because they advertise here either. But I and others have suggested in the past that this pool of lawyers is a good place to start. Why? For one thing, they are specialists in landlord-tenant law -- it's a highly arcane field, and a generalist or someone who is an expert in another field of law is unlikely to have the specific skills you need. Also, it seems to me that helping sponsor this site suggests a commitment to tenants rights. I'm very sure that offers no guarantee, but I wouldn't be surprised that if received many complaints about a particular advertiser, that firm might be unable to advertise here. (Many newspapers have similar policies for advertising generally, not just for lawyers.) Is that the case,

All of this does not guarantee that lawyers who advertise here will win every case, or that their clients will be happy with them. As I've said, it's a good idea to check out two or three before hiring one. Personal recommendations are valuable from someone whose judgment you trust. But I wouldn't put much stock on a recommendation from this board from someone you don't know, especially if anonymous, because you don't know the circumstances of their case and it could be self-promotion.

: I would most definitely NOT choose a lawyer just because he or she advertises on this or any other website. My tenants assn. used to have a lawyer in a DHCR proceeding who in fact is an advertiser here, and we were very very dissatisfied and wound up firing him. A personal recommendation is best but not foolproof.

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