There are several great places to research qualified and effective real estate legal counsel:
1. The Martindale -Hubble Legal Directory.
This directory is among the oldest in the legal industry. It sets the standard for lawyers by providing independent peer reviews that rate an attorney's ethics and legal competency in a specific area of practice.
The highest rating an attorney can receive from their peers is "A" for ethics and "Preeminent" for legal knowledge and experience. There are other, albeit, lower ratings, but when attorneys are seeking other legal counsel to assist them in a matter, they most likely turn to the Martindale-Hubble directory.
This is a more recent and popular online legal directory that is used more by consumers. What makes it different than the Martindale Hubble directory is that it provides an extensive feedback area for consumers to rate their attorneys. When searching for real estate counsel, you can't go wrong with a directory like AVVO.
Consult with knowledgeable full time real estate investors or real estate agents and ask them who they know from their own experience would be the best legal counsel for your needs.
Once you have your short list of real estate attorneys it is best to have a face- to- face meeting with the attorneys you wish to interview. Only then should you make your final selection.