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Is Hiring a Bigger Law Firm Better Than Hiring a Small Firm?

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Bigger is not always better. It is not always better to hire a large firm than a smaller or boutique law firm. When it comes to choosing a law firm, there are literally thousands of options available. Too many people instinctively head toward larger firms simply because they wrongly assume bigger is always better.

Wrong. Sure, if you are a large corporation (i.e., insurance company) you need to hire a large firm because of the big caseload you are going to send them in multiple jurisdictions, but what if you are an individual? Is the same true? Will the service be better? Will the results be better?

Not necessarily. The advantages of smaller law firms offer tremendous benefits to those smart enough to look beyond firm size. Personalized service. Faster response. That personal touch. Client interaction. Looking for the best results?

Usually, those are lacking in large firms because of the volume of business they must constantly feed the overhead beast and that means usually only taking the low hanging fruit. Settled that case….next.

Where Are the Best Lawyers? Large Firms or Small Firms?

One of the most common misconceptions is that the best attorneys are at the biggest law firms as large law firms attract and retain the best lawyers because they pay the best. The truth is, talent-quality is spread throughout the field and not always in large firms. The best lawyers at large firms often head out on their own to open their own offices, taking with them their highly capable support staff and all of their knowledge.

Today’s leading law school graduates, those looking to make a difference rather than make a fortune, are narrowing their focus on one practice area and joining boutique firms rather than larger firms that tend to just make the senior partners rich on the backs of the young lawyers and staff.

Other great lawyers simply want to make money for themselves and be their own boss instead of the partners of larger firms. These attorneys choose instead to hang their shingles somewhere that does not require them to put in 60-70 hours every week for somebody else’s benefit.

The bottom line is, you can find great lawyers just about anywhere: in large firms, boutique firms, and even solo practitioners. Hence, the reason why some of the largest corporations are figuring this out and shifting their resources away from the bigger firms to smaller firms.

Chances are you’ll have much more interaction with your lawyer at a smaller firm which means you’ll be more satisfied with your experience. Flexible hours. Unlike large structured law firms, attorneys at smaller firms have more flexibility when it comes to working hours.

Attorneys at smaller firms also recognize that every client counts. Every client is a potential referral to the next client. That’s why so many clients give Tampa Injury Attorney Martin Hernandez 5-stars in their Google reviews, Avvo reviews, and Facebook reviews.

Which is better: Small Law Firm or Large Law Firm

Just because a law firm has many lawyers does not necessarily mean that it is better equipped to handle your particular claim. For example, if there are 25 lawyers in a firm yet only one or two of them specialize in personal injury cases, then there’s not much of an advantage to hiring that firm over a solo practitioner or a small firm. In fact, a small firm may be a better fit as they usually can attend to your needs better and they actually specialize or concentrate on car accidents. In fact, too many people, actually meeting the lawyer you hired is important.

Is it better to hire a large law firm?

Sometimes it certainly does make sense to hire a larger firm. If your case is complex and pursuing it will be expensive and very labor-intensive, then hiring a larger firm could well be an advantage. Solo practitioners may have a difficult time providing funding for a case like yours or dedicating enough support staff. For almost every auto accident case, an experienced attorney in a large firm will not be the best option for you where you are just a file number you will likely be treated just like a file number

What if my case gets too difficult for my attorney?

Many solo practice lawyers have developed associations with larger firms that specialize in more complex, difficult, and expensive cases. So it is possible for you to get the best of both worlds.

What is the advantage of using a large law firm versus a small law firm?

There are several Pros and Cons When Hiring Small Law Firms versus Large Law Firms.

Avvo listed some advantages of hiring a small firm. Being involved in a car wreck can be exhausting. Is this a big case to the law firm or such a small case that the lawyer will not even speak with you? In your research on finding the best lawyer to handle your claim, should you consider whether to hire a small firm or a large firm? Might that be important to you?

What should I consider when Choosing a Lawyer?

Regardless of the size of the firm, one of the most important considerations in choosing a lawyer is your level of confidence and trust that your lawyer will do good work in representing you and your family in your time of need.

It is important that you have the ability to develop a personal, professional relationship with your attorney, and that the lines of communication are kept open at all times.

Do you think your attorney can fully fund your case? What if it costs $25,000? $35,000? $50,000 to prosecute your case. Can your attorney fund that? Many firms cannot or will not. However, our firm is prepared to fully fund your claim and if we cannot, we will find other attorneys to help us or will, respectfully, turn it away and refer you to another law firm.

Will a lawyer at a small firm be more accessible than a lawyer at a large firm?

Typically, a small law firm will make the lawyer more accessible to its clients because the client usually means more to a small law firm than to a large law firm. Customer service is better. Relationships and bonds are stronger because you have more interaction.

However, whether from a larger firm or a small firm, your lawyer must be available to you when you need him or her and must be responsive to your needs. A lawyer has an ethical obligation to meet those requirements.

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16:18 29 May 20
I had nothing but good experiences with Martin. He goes to great lengths to get the job done and makes sure you are... aware of all of your responsibilities. He will talk to you one on one and keep you up to speed. I am sincerely grateful and appreciative of his hard work and effort in my case.read more
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12:56 26 May 20
Martin handled my case well. He was on top of everything and it seemed like my case went smoothly. I actually enjoyed... meeting with the doctor he referred me to. I wouldn't hesitate to refer Mr. Hernandez to anyone that needed legal help.read more
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15:05 15 May 20
Martin and his team got me paid very fast. I got into an accident and 30 days later they got me more money for my car... and all the money there was and all within 30 days. These are the best injury lawyers in Tampa. Hire them and don't go anywhere else.read more
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albert mckinzi
13:16 13 May 20
I am very thankful for the wonderful job that Martin and his awesome office staff did to settle a case for my grandma.... As people age, they do have trouble understanding legal matters and terminology & can get bewildered at times. They were very patient and explained everything in a way that could easily be understood. In this fast-paced world finding someone to have patience with older people shows true care for a client and their level of integrity, which means the world to us! I highly recommend them to anyone in need of his services. Our only disappointment was not knowing about him sooner. Thank you so much.read more
Luis Atencio
Luis Atencio
00:55 07 May 20
The right attorney for the right legal assistance! Definitely five stars for the great legal assistance of the... attorney Hernandez and his staff. Very knowledgeable and lavish with his time, I feel very satisfied with his assistance as well with the help of his assistant Sofia, which led to a satisfactory results on my case.read more
Valerie Anderson
Valerie Anderson
18:17 28 Apr 20
First I want to say Thank you Mr Hernandez for your service in our community. I truly recommend Martin for your legal... needs. My Mom had a case pending when she passed.not re Not related to the accident but Martin went over and beyond to make sure me and my brothers was compensated. Keep up the good work Mr Hernandez we ruly appreciate you.read more
Jinnifer Stanley
Jinnifer Stanley
15:39 07 Apr 20
I was in a car accident and like some people weren’t sure how to handle it. I called a few lawyers but Mr. Hernandez... was the one who appeared to be more interested, not only as a lawyer but also as a human being. He made the process very smooth. He was a very great man and a lawyer. I am very thankful to him. I would recommend him to anyone.read more
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Daniel Fernandez
21:18 05 Mar 20
Martin Hernandez is highly regarded lawyer and a 5 star attorney. He and his staff are on top of their game. We... highly recommend this law firm and will tell you that you will not regret hiring this law firm.read more
Liliana Alvarez
Liliana Alvarez
19:33 02 Mar 20
Martin Hernandez and Daniel Hernandez are the best lawyers ever. They helped us a lot and we got great results. Thank... you!read more
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Benjamin Blevins
17:19 21 Feb 20
This is the best auto accident lawyer in Tampa. I was involved in a car accident and did not know what to do, who to... call, who to see, find a doctor that could help me, or even what to say. I called Martin Hernandez and he sat down with me and explained everything from beginning to end. He quickly resolved me my case and got me the most amount of money possible. When people ask me who is the best lawyer in Tampa? I always Martin Hernandez is the best auto accident attorney in Tampa..read more
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dylan harper
17:09 20 Feb 20
Martin was able to explain my case to me very well. I got good advice on what my particular options were and an honest... assessment of what I should expect going forward. When the world is falling around you its best to ask the smartest, hardest working person you can find what to do, and then do it.read more
Carmina Wilson
Carmina Wilson
16:39 19 Feb 20
I had an absolutely amazing experience with Martin’s firm. I had incurred personal injuries as a result of a bad auto... accident. His team not only treated me with respect, but they also made me feel like I was their only client. They handled my case with an astounding amount of expertise. Martin and his team is a lifesaver.read more
Katie Gulledge
Katie Gulledge
16:43 12 Feb 20
Mr. Hernandez represented me for my car accident in March 2019 and he was able to get my maximum settlement in less... than a year! He genuinely cares and has a great team of assistants that were able to answer any of my questions through the past few months.read more
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cedrick wilson
15:17 05 Feb 20
I was in an accident lately and he was suggested by a friend. He met with me in person and was very punctual. He was... very calm and determined throughout my entire situation. Overall, I was extremely satisfied and impressed with Martin in reaching very positive results. I would recommend him and his office to anyone for solid advice and bottom-line results. Thank you again!read more
Tamika Jones
Tamika Jones
22:29 06 Jan 20
My experience with Martin Hernandez has been stressful not on his part. Martin has been very patient with me when I... wanted to pull every strand of hair from my head. From day one he took time to explain the process of how this was going to be but he would be there to hold my hand all the way and he did just that. His paralegal Angela walked with and held both my hands as well during all of this. When I couldn't get ahold of Martin she would make sure he got everyone of my messages. I would use his services again and recommend him to anyone. Thanks so much for all you have done and I'm forever grateful.read more
Russell Craig
Russell Craig
20:51 19 Dec 19
Very pleased with how the case was handled. I hope to never be in this position again as it was a stupid mistake but... with the help of Martin Hernandez I didn’t even have to appear in court on my own. I highly recommend using him and his team, you wont be disappointed.read more
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Nicholas Nagowski
22:34 14 Nov 19
Worked with Martin in Tampa, Florida. He executed on everything he promised. A well run organization. He called me... back very quickly whenever I reached out, if not answering right away. Definitely would recommend Martin to my friends and family. Thanks again for everything.read more
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16:55 14 Nov 19
I was arrested for my 2nd DUI and I've reached out to Mr. Hernandez explaining my situation. He made me feel safe... through out the whole process. He helped me and extremely happy with the result. Martin knows clearly what are the best steps to take that's why I highly recommend him to anyone.read more
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02:06 14 Nov 19
Martin Hernandez and his entire staff are extremely friendly,caring,knowledgeable, and treat you like apart of the... family. I hired Martin approximately 2 years ago. My case was a complicated one. But Martin Hernandez did an absolute amazing job. I was always kept current of what was going on with my case. Anytime I called, if Martin was unavailable his hard working staff got the answers I needed. I would recommend Martin Hernandez to everyone. He's dedicated to each case. If you're looking for a lawyer who doesn't just represent you,but welcomes you like family to his firm, Here's your answer. If I could give 50 stars I would. Thank you Martin& staff for all you did. Kimberly Mclendonread more
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22:21 07 Nov 19
My medical bills had been piling up long before I decided to contact an attorney, and by that time the statute of... limitations was close to ending. My friend recommended Martin Hernandez who is very knowledgeable and who saved me in my situation. My medical bills are finally taken care of because of the work of Martin and his team. From the very beginning, I have no doubt that’s why he had so many great reviews from others. And I am 100% satisfied client who definitely recommend him to anyone.read more
Kymii Plur
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14:49 01 Nov 19
Martin is the absolute sweetest most understanding lawyer I have ever met. He is very knowledgeable of every situation... and will get you the money that you are deserved. His staff is amazing I love everyone there I couldn't speak more highly of all of them. I would recommend Martin and his staff to my family and anyone who is in need of an attorney don't waste your time with others go see Martin he will take care of you !read more
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Gabbie Bell
09:32 26 Oct 19
Martin is very professional, marvelous , and meet all expectations far as handling my family law case.I strongly... suggest him to anyone who is in need of the best lawyer in Florida. Finest lawyer I've ever meet and i thank him for winning my case . He'll be hired by me anytime needed.read more
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21:17 24 Oct 19
Great service. They took my case and guided me throughout the entire process with care and kindness. Thank you!
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17:27 21 Oct 19
Martin and his office were very quick to respond to our inquiry and very professional. Extremely helpful and willing to... listen to the issue and address it in a timely manner. I would certainly use him in the future.read more
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21:02 27 Sep 19
He has been very helpful as my attorney and made himself available whenever I needed. There has been multiple times I... wanted to just take a deal to get it over with but he has continued to work for me to get me in the best situation possible. He is very easy to work with and passionate about helping. He is not just a great lawyer but also a great human being!read more
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15:51 13 Sep 19
My needs were met and the firm was invested in my case and me as a person. They were easily accessible, return phone... calls and emails promptly. Aggressive, when it was require and got the job done. Martin and his staff all produced the quality of an attorney and firm that anyone would want to hire.read more
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16:49 07 Sep 19
I was involved in a car accident and the first person I called was Martin. He was very understanding and made it very... easy to get the insurance claims process underway. After a year of physical therapy, my case was settled and closed. Thank you so very much!read more
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18:04 20 Aug 19
Amazing attorney!! Martin Hernandez and his firm are the best you'll find. I have known Martin for years and he has... helped my sister and friends in their car accident cases. I can't say enough good things. He is very knowledgeable, kind, and will treat you like family!read more
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08:48 19 Aug 19
Mr. Hernandez is clearly very experienced - based on my interactions with him. I look for an attorney based on... integrity and experience. I found the integrity that I was looking for with Mr. Hernandez. I would recommend his services to anyone.read more
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Fabian Prentice
18:49 13 Aug 19
Martin is an amazing attorney and was able to get all 3 charges off my record. I knew I could count on him from the... moment I retained him as my attorney. He was quick to answer any questions I had and was very reliable. My case lasted over a year and he was always keeping contact with me the whole time. I would highly recommend him if you need a criminal defense attorney.read more
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