ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA –

Melinda Morris, Attorney at Law, Owner at the Morris Law Firm has been rated a 10.0 – “Superb” by Avvo.com.  See Melinda Morris’ Avvo Profile here.

The Avvo Rating evaluates a lawyer’s background based on the information available in an attorney’s Avvo profile. Avvo creates the rating using a proprietary model that considers information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information that Avvo collects from public sources like state bar associations and lawyer websites.  Any information that affects the Avvo Rating is visible in an attorney’s Avvo profile on Avvo.com.

The 10.0 numerical rating means that Avvo considers the Melinda Morris’ attorney background to be “Superb.”

Read more about how Avvo rates attorneys here: The Avvo Rating Explained

So, should a potential client hire an attorney solely based on their Avvo rating?  Absolutely not.  The Avvo rating does not consider an attorney’s knowledge of the law, past performance on individual cases, personality, or their communication skills. These are elements that the Avvo Rating cannot evaluate, but should be very important to a potential client.

It should be noted that an attorney’s Avvo Client Reviews do not affect the Avvo rating score, but should play an important role for potential clients looking to hire an attorney because they speak to past clients’ experience with the attorney.  Even negative reviews should be informative to potential clients as they show that the attorney is completely transparent and not selecting only certain clients to post reviews.  A potential client should also keep in mind that while reviews are helpful, past performance does not guarantee future results.  Every case and every set of facts and circumstances are unique.

Faced with numerous sources of information, how should a potential client compare attorneys?  Potential clients should take into consideration all information available on the attorney including online ratings and client reviews, but should be reminded that these numerical scores do not truly represent the competence of the attorney.  A potential client must speak with the attorney to properly gauge the attorney’s experience, knowledge, and demeanor.  There are many intangible factors including the attorney’s communication style, experience with past cases that may be similar to the case at hand, specific career experience (such as working as a former State Prosecutor), and overall personality that only a conversation with the attorney will uncover.

While numerical ratings and client reviews may help potential clients narrow the field, a serious conversation with the attorney you plan to hire is a necessity to ensure that you hire the best possible advocate for your case.

Factors to consider when hiring an attorney:

  • Career Background
  • Experience as a Former State Attorney (Former State Prosecutor)
  • Experience on the DUI Manslaughter / Vehicular Homicide Squad (for potential clients facing a DUI charge)
  • Experience trying cases through Trial
  • Communication style and demeanor
  • Availability of attorney after you have hired them (will they return phone calls, emails, texts)
  • Knowledge of the local Court System (Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota)
  • Familiarity with local Judges
  • Familiarity with the State Attorney assigned to your case
  • Familiarity with the type of case you are faced with
  • Does the firm focus primarily on Criminal Law
  • And then finally, Ratings and Client Reviews

Contact the Morris Law Firm at (727) 388-4736 for a strategic review of your case. Melinda Morris represents clients throughout the Tampa Bay Area, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Pasco, and Manatee counties.