Who is the best lawyer near me?
You may have been hurt in an auto accident or truck accident and wondering:
- Who is the best injury lawyer or best accident lawyer in Memphis, or Nashville?
- Who is the best injury attorney near me?
- Who is the best car wreck lawyer in Cordova, or Bartlett, or Germantown?
- Who is the best car wreck attorney near me?
You may have been injured and Googled those questions, or perhaps others:
- Who is the best personal injury attorney or wrongful death lawyer in Memphis?
- Who is the best spinal cord injury lawyer, or brain injury lawyer near me, or in Memphis, or in Tennessee?
- Who is the best lawyer to negotiate with an insurance company for damages for your injury?
Right question. Wrong answer.
You won’t ever hear any lawyer or attorney at Patterson Bray claim that we are the “best” in Memphis – for a couple of different reasons. First, because there are plenty of fine lawyers and attorneys in the Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee area, including in Cordova, Bartlett, Germantown, Arlington, Millington, Collierville, and Lakeland. We would seriously question any injury lawyer with the temerity to proclaim himself “the best.”
Second, based on Rule 7 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility back in 2004 specifically prohibited such self-serving, subjective statements by attorneys, including statements that a lawyer is “most qualified,” “excellent,” “top,” “most experienced,” “preferred”, or an “expert” in a particular field of law, such as personal injury, auto accident, or wrongful death. The Board’s opinion was based on provisions of Rule 7 that have since been revised, and thus it is not entirely clear whether an outright prohibition is still technically enforceable. However, most reputable lawyers still find such statements to be highly questionable, and certainly in poor taste.
So, the next time you hear an attorney refer to herself or himself as an expert, or say that he or she is the best lawyer in a Tennessee town – whether on TV or on a website or in marketing materials – you should know that that lawyer is not only humility-challenged, but also possibly in violation of the basic Rules governing attorney conduct.
The right answer?
At Patterson Bray, you’ll only hear us talk about our experience in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee injury claims, and about our unique and selective approach to personal injury and wrongful death claims. When it comes to injury cases, we’re not a high-volume, low-dollar settlement firm. We only take serious claims involving serious injuries or death, and we purposefully keep our caseload small so we can give our clients the attention they deserve.