We will treat your referral as if your reputation depends on it.
Attorney referrals have given us some of the most interesting cases. At Northwest Trial, we are grateful for those referrals. Attorneys from firms large and small refer personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence and insurance coverage cases to us on a regular basis. Some of the cases involve the referring attorney’s client. Other cases involve friends, family or business associates of the referring clients. Regardless, referring attorneys know that we will treat their referrals as if the referring attorneys’ reputations depend on it.
We have co-counseled with a number of referring attorneys on personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence and insurance coverage cases. A co-counseling arrangement, consistent with our ethical rules, provides the referring attorney the opportunity to continue to be involved in the case. See the 3rd “ethic” on the right. It is important that the co-counseling arrangement be beneficial for everyone involved. With the client’s written consent, our referral fee arrangements are generous. Working together with referring attorneys, we have achieved excellent results.
Many attorneys referring us personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence or insurance coverage cases have little experience with those cases, but enjoy the experience of working with Northwest Trial and their client to achieve a just result. How much the referring attorney is involved in the case varies. Consistent with the client’s desires and RPC 1.5, we are open to any arrangement that is the most beneficial.
We have developed long-lasting relationships with referring attorneys over the years. We believe this is because of the results we have achieved for their clients, and the positive experience referring attorneys have had with us.
THE 10 “ETHICS” OF REFERRALS TO NORTHWEST TRIAL
The referred client remains the client of the referring attorney or firm. When the particular referred case is completed, NORTHWEST TRIAL does no further work for that referred client. NORTHWEST TRIAL is happy to work with the referring attorney to communicate that message clearly.
As a corollary to # 1, NORTHWEST TRIAL treats referrals from the referred client as referrals from the referring attorney or firm. Any new matters that the referred client may have are referred back to the referring attorney.
NORTHWEST TRIAL is open to working with the referring attorney or firm on an ethical fee and cost-sharing basis to help assure the best possible result for the client. Under Washington rules, fee sharing is permissible between lawyers only if it is in proportion to the services provided by each lawyer, or by written agreement with the client with each lawyer assuming joint responsibility for the representation. RPC 1.5(e)(2). If you are considering referring a case to us, or associating with us on your case, we would be glad to provide references from other attorneys who have worked with us in the past, or check out the references from other referring attorneys on the NWTRIAL.COM website. We enjoy working with referring attorneys in the appropriate case.
NORTHWEST TRIAL is glad to provide the referring attorney a regular status report on the referred case to help the referring attorney maintain close contact with his or her client.
Our primary duty, of course, is to obtain the best result for the client. By doing so, we not only serve the needs of the client, we also respect the needs of the referring attorney to place the representation of her or his client in the best possible hands.
We welcome feedback on our performance from the referring attorney.
We welcome the opportunity to cross-refer matters to the referring attorney.
We understand that how we treat the referred client, the diligence we apply to the referred case, and the result we obtain in the case reflect on the referring attorney and/or firm. We work hard to maintain and deepen the trust that the referring attorney has in us.
We are a small, boutique firm that brings “big firm” attention to detail to the cases we work. The harder we work, the better results we achieve.
We want to provide value not only to the referred client, but also to the referring attorney or firm. One way we provide value is by providing an outstanding level of service.