Eolis' experience in vetting lawyers and law firms spans five decades of reviewing credentials, expertise, experience, compensation of lawyers and law firms and client satisfaction in the relationship. We do two types of vetting; references authorized by the subject and overview "public inquiry reequests" by a client.
Reference reports are based on conditins agreed between employer and subject and are performed in compliance with applicabe laws including provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act which require that the subject be provided a copy. Public Inquiry Reports include discussion with the client of suitably documented interviews, and from a review of material in our proprietary data base.
Our vetting process focuses not only on information provided by sources, but on the knowledge and possible bias of the source. Our vetting projects for clients seeking counsel changes, special counsel, and corporate directors with JD degrees and/or legal practice experience focuses, principally, on lawyer names provided to us for review. We provide oral reports in conference with the appropriate parties.
Validation is Key
Key Reference Issues
- Context of Relationship
- Assessment of Competency
- Interpersonal Skills Demonstrated
- Proven Personal Character Traits
Tips to Obtain Valuable Vetting Results
- Probe with non-challenging questions
- Ask the same questionsm at least twice --in different ways
- Qualify and requalify source of information, for the specific reference
- Consider the motivation of a referenced who provides troubling information
- Evaluate similarities and differences with your own pre-considered judgment.