Choosing a lawyer is much like choosing a doctor: you want one who is the best in the field and who inspires confidence in you. When preparing to grapple with a major company such as Bayer HealthCare, manufacturer of the controversial oral contraceptive Yaz, one should expect it to be a long and difficult process. Companies like Bayer have deep pockets, and will have the resources to hamstring any attempt to make them admit liability for their products unless the right lawyer is in place to handle the Yaz lawsuit.
When choosing the right Yaz lawyer, there are some things to keep in mind:
Nearer is not always better. In most civil cases, a local lawyer is usually the best choice because he or she will be familiar with local laws and the court process. However, in the case of a Yaz lawyer, it is more important that the lawyer is familiar with the court process where the MDL 2100 – Yasmin and YAZ (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation hearings are to be held. In the case of a Yaz lawyer, someone who practices in East St. Louis in Illinois where the MDL is to be held may be the better choice than the best lawyer in Texas.
Experience makes a difference. The academic qualifications of a Yaz lawyer are important, but not more than experience in handling pharmaceutical product liability cases. Most drug makers are big companies with a full complement of legal eagles. A Yaz lawyer who will not be in dealing big-name lawyers and who has a good reputation among the judges and other lawyers in the district would be an invaluable ally.
Rapport is important. It may seem immaterial, but there should be ease of communication between the Yaz lawyer and client. This can be immediately apparent upon initial consultation, and any doubts should be considered in the final choice because it will be difficult, not to mention expensive, to change lawyers in the middle of the case because of a personality conflict.