A Conversation With: One Of The Best Lawyers In Dallas, Chad West

Chad was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine in 2014 and has been repeatedly selected as “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

AE: What drew you to working in the legal field?

CW: Working in the legal field peaked my interest while serving my country by serving in the military. The importance of helping those that cannot help them-selves was very important to me.

AE: You have had your own law firm since 2011, what are the significant differences being an owner of a law firm versus working as an attorney for one?

CW: Owning my own law firm requires a great deal of time and energy to make sure everything runs smoothly and the bills get paid. However, the personal reward is much greater. Being in a small law firm in such a community based part out of Dallas give me the ability to connect with each client to make sure we are getting them the best results possible.

AE: Prior to becoming an attorney you served in the military and had a very distinguished career going, what made you decide to leave military service?

CW: I wouldn’t trade my time in the U.S. Army for anything. It was a time of my life that really shaped who I am as a man and as a leader. I left because I wanted to start my own business that focuses on helping people, and I saw the legal field as a way to do so.

AE: How did your time in the military prepare you for running your own law firm?

CW: The military prepared me for running my own law firm by instilling dedication to a greater good, defending freedoms, and working hard.

AE: You are a member of a number of organizations, do you think leaders and business owners have an obligation to get involved and give back to the community?

CW: Without giving back to your community, you should not expect to receive much from it. As a small business in the Oak Cliff part of Dallas, it is a privilege to be able to give back to such a vibrant and evolving area.

AE: The workplace has changed drastically over the last 20 years, do you think what motivates leaders and their teams have changed?

CW: Absolutely. The millennials are swarming the workplace, and the motivations and personalities are completely different than my generations (Gen X’s) motivations.

AE: How do you empower, inspire or motivate others in the workplace?

CW: I hire the best people and do my very best to give them everything they need to succeed. I avoid micromanaging whenever possible.

AE: What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

CW: The ability to recognize your own weaknesses and needs to put a team together to turn one’s weaknesses into strengths.

AE: What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

CW: To continue to grow and develop as a leader I look for new ways to challenge myself both professionally and personally. Finding new challenges to take on is a good way to remind ourselves to remain humble.

AE: Have there been any role models for you?

CW: Both of my parents, for very different reasons. My mother taught me compassion and the love for learning. My father showed me the benefits of owning my own business. Both taught me the value of hard work.

AE: What do you attribute your success to?

CW: Success would not be possible without a good support system. My family and friends are my biggest supporters.

AE: If you could give one piece of leadership advice to your employees what would that be?

CW: Work on your most brain-intensive projects first thing in the morning, as you are at your best when you first get to work.

AE: What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?

CW: Roll up your sleeves and get ready to work hard. Don’t sweat the small stuff and never lower your standards.

AE: What has been your greatest professional accomplishment so far as a leader?

CW: Starting my own business. Nothing beats it!

AE: What is something people don’t generally know about you as a leader?

CW: I absolutely hate public speaking, but I work hard to overcome it.

AE: If you could have a conversation with one leader alive or dear who would that be?

CW: Thomas Jefferson.

AE: What would you want to ask them?

CW: He was a multiple-business owner and brilliant politician and was ahead of his time in many ways. I would want to know what motivated him and how he became the leader he portrayed to the world.

AE: They say anyone can become a leader, in your opinion do you believe that?

CW: Absolutely!

AE: What do you want your leadership legacy to be?

CW: I want to leave a legacy of achieving high quality results and making a difference in the lives of others. Helping to start a charity 5k, Dash for the Beads, was a great way for me to give back and help a large number of people while focusing on healthy ways of life.

AE: What is next for you?

My firm is expanding to South Dallas, a second location, and we are welcoming two new lawyers to the firm in June and November of 2015, which I’m really excited about! In the non-legal world, I’m opening an express car wash with my family in Ennis, TX in early 2016.

http://www.chadwestlaw.com/

AE: I start each day off with a motivational quote, do you have a favorite?

CW: Just do it!

Accident Injury Claims – Appoint The Best Lawyer

You never know when you meet with an accident or any other mishap on your way to office or while jogging in the parks. You can become an accident victim for your own carelessness or for the negligence of someone else. If you or anyone known to you ever have been a victim of an accident for someone else’s fault or negligence, you should file for compensation claims for your injury and sufferings. To file a legal case of compensation and to win the amount of compensation, you should take the assistance of a reputed accident compensation claims lawyers. Assistance of a lawyer is very important for your case. So, you should be very careful about appointing the lawyer for the case.

When you are appointing a lawyer for representing your legal case of compensation, you should check his expertise in this field. To get the best assistance from the lawyer, you should not only verify their experience as a law practitioner but you should check his relevant experience in the field. Not all lawyers have the expertise of representing accident compensation cases and by taking their assistance, you might not be able to get the desired result from the case.

To appoint the best lawyer for your accident injury claim case, you should check the reputation of the lawyer in the field. Many lawyers have experience in representing compensation cases but they do not have a decent reputation in this field. Therefore, it will be better to avoid them. When you want the best assistance without spending a large sum of your money, you should take the assistance of a reputed lawyer. These types of legal cases involve different type of intricacies and hazards. If a lawyer is not aware of all these legal technicalities, it will not be possible for him to provide you with the best assistance for the case.

You must be aware of the fact that representing a legal case in the court of law is a matter of huge amount of money. Lawyers charge a significant sum of money from their clients for the representation of their cases. It is not possible for all people to fight for their right to compensation.. If you are one of them, there is nothing to worry. By searching the web, you will be able to find different lawyers who are ready to represent the case without charging any initial fees. There are many reputed lawyers, who charge fees only after winning the case. Thus, if you lose the claim, you will not have to pay the fees.

When you are appointing a lawyer for representing your accident injury compensation claims case, you need to find the best one for your purpose. You need to check each and every detail of the lawyer minutely before appointing him to represent your case. Always spend some time in comparing the database of the lawyer so that you can be sure of the best assistance from him.

5 Useful Tips to Find the Best Lawyer for You

Even though there are millions of lawyers available, finding the right one for you is not easy. You need to find a reputable lawyer to help you solve your legal problems – in the end, the reputation of the legal representative and his skills are essential. Here I will present you several useful tips regarding how to find a lawyer.

1. What will you need the lawyer for? This is definitely the first thing you should think about before searching for legal consultation. First and foremost, you need to determine the subject area: this way, it will be a lot easier for you to find a reputable lawyer. In addition, remember that some lawyers provide free first consultations which can be particularly helpful.

2. Check the Internet. The Internet is undoubtedly the place where you can find anything. Most lawyers have a profile or a Website on the Internet for their clients to get in touch with them. Besides, you can also read reviews and testimonials that can help you make an idea about the skills of each lawyer, therefore it will be easier for you to decide on the one that best meets your needs. Take your time to check several lawyers and compare their background experience and offers before making a decision. In addition, there are many legal sites you can use to find legal consultation;

3. Ask friends and family for recommendations. In the end, nothing is better than word of mouth! Ask your acquaintances about their lawyers and ask for recommendations. As stated above, you must keep in mind that lawyers usually specialize in a particular subject area, so focus solely on those that can handle your legal problem. Recommendations from friends are trustworthy and reliable – besides, they can tell you both the advantages and disadvantages of working with a particular lawyer. After all, having a good lawyer-client relationship is crucial for the success of a legal problem.

4. Check the yellow pages. Although some of us may believe that the yellow pages are old-fashioned (given the fact that we have Internet nowadays), they are still a valuable resource when it comes to finding a reputable lawyer. Most of them choose to advertise here, so this option should not be disregarded either. One of the main advantages is that most lawyers mention their preferred area of practice in their ads. Write down several names and phone numbers and get in touch with them.

5. Last but not least, pay attention to advertisements in the media. Check the local newspaper or the TV/radio advertisements – most lawyers prefer to buy advertising space in the media because of the large audience. However, the main disadvantage with TV or radio ads is that you cannot really check the background and the performance of the lawyer.

In conclusion, these five useful tips can help you find a reputable lawyer to help you. Take some time and see several lawyers before making your choice. It is essential to focus on professionals, since their background experience can influence the success or the failure of a lawsuit.