It is important to understand what makes for a great civil litigation attorney when you need one. How your case shall go will depend on this. There are certain qualities the attorney must possess for you to consider them.
They must know how the rules of evidence apply. They need to understand the rules of evidence. Most civil case outcomes are hinged on the admissibility or inadmissibility of a given piece of evidence. A good litigator will know the applicable rules and how to object to it, or how to respond to an objection. If they have no such skills, you may end up paying dearly, or in losing the case.
They need to be confident in how they project themselves. This is not a show of bravado, but a statement of the fact that they are in charge of a case and know where it is headed. They need to read the audience and adapt to a suitable language. When you have to decide, they should help you do so, not leave it up to you. One who sits on the fence loses your faith fast.
You need to also see some great organizational skills. They need to have all the documents they need in order. If they can lose focus on such simple things, then they shall have a hard time keeping up with the ebb and flow of a case.
They need to be honest with you all the way. Some attorneys like to tell their clients what they want to hear, not what they need to hear. They need to try and be upfront about their inability to help in your case. If your case has slim chances, you need to know this.
They also need to strive to stay updated about developing issues in law. IT is good to admit when they need to learn something new. If they cannot help you with a suitable answer at the moment, it should not be a big issue them asking for more time to give you a proper answer, instead of trying to sound impressive with the wrong answer.
You need to also know how they charge for their services. This should be well written with all details visible.
They need to have great negotiation and expression skills. Some cases do not get to court. But if it has to go there, you need an attorney who shall command the court room’s attention and present their case in the most convincing way. One how has such a reputation often gets the other party to settle before it gets to court. It is also important for them to know how to talk to people on an individual level.