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!

Finding the Best Lawyer For Your Needs

If you think that finding a lawyer is as easy as ordering food from the menu, then you are getting it the wrong way. Searching for your next lawyer that can help you with your misdemeanor case will not be easy even though you have a phone book in your hand that lists the lawyers in the city. The information that you can get from the phone book or from the yellow pages may not be enough and these sources of information may not help you make an informed and an educated choice.

The best lawyer that you can get cannot be provided by the yellow pages, and your friends and your network are the ones that truly help you. Talking to friends and your network in the community may be a good idea in order to find your next lawyer. Here’s one example on how to find your defender. If you are facing a minor offense like a misdemeanor charge, then you can always ask your friends or the friends of your friends who have these kinds of experiences. You can ask them who their lawyers were and also ask what they think of these lawyers. Try talking to a few of your friends who know these cases and chances are at the end of the day, you can roughly say who are the lawyers are who are not good ideas for your case and who are the likely candidates.

But don’t stop on the recommendations of these people that you’ve talked to in the streets, the bars and the city hall. Different people may say different views about a person. For this reason, you go to your last screening. And that’s to talk personally to the lawyer. Meet the lawyer, discuss your case and decide from there if you feel comfortable with your new-found lawyer.

Finding The Best Lawyer – What You Should Know

A lawyer is an individual who has specific attributes and traits in order to excel in the field of law. He should be able to articulate effectively in order to be successful against the opposing parties as well as to impress his client. Another trait that he must have is intelligence. He must be someone who is smart enough to know how to win the case, what to do, as well as when to do it. These are just a few of the important traits and attributes of a legal professional. If you are looking for a reliable lawyer, there some important things which you need to know. Read on and find out more.

What are the Duties and Responsibilities of a Lawyer?

1. Diligence – He must be able to act promptly towards handling his client’s case. An attorney must be able to manage his caseload; every case should be given adequate attention.

2. Maintain Confidentiality – A good lawyer is someone who knows the value of case confidentiality. He must not disclose anything regarding his client unless he is given the consent to do so.

3. Competency – It is always a must that he is able to handle his client’s case with the needed skills and knowledge to do ample research as necessary. He must be up to date on any changes in the law. To be able to win the case, there are various legal documents which must be drafted. Although legal secretaries or paralegals can help him, most lawyers prefer to do them on their own.

4. Communication – A lawyer must keep the line of communication open between him and his client. He should inform his client regarding any decision they need to make. He also needs to respond to his client’s requests for information and inform them regarding the status of their case. In addition, he also spends ample time sending emails, negotiating, talking on the phone, and faxing important documents to and from the concerned parties.

5. Advising – He also acts as an adviser. A good lawyer is able to counsel his clients regarding any topic related to the case.

Finding a Lawyer for Your Needs

In today’s modern world where there are hundreds of scammers and frauds, you probably think that finding the best attorney who can represent your case is a daunting task. However, you must keep in mind that you can always find a reliable legal representative or attorney who can win your case.

Each of them specializes in a particular area or field. Some are personal injury attorneys while others are into the finance law. You have the freedom to determine what type of lawyer that suits your needs. In choosing a lawyer who will represent your case, years of experience and background are important aspects to consider.

If you want to search for a reliable attorney, you can go online and do your research. This is a faster and easier way of looking for a legal representative to assist you. You may also ask a friend or colleague if they could recommend someone in particular.