Meeting Your Seattle Employment Discrimination Lawyer: Four Ways to Prepare

The first time you meet with an experienced Seattle employment discrimination attorney, you may wonder how to proceed.  This may be your first meeting with an employment lawyer – or your first meeting with any lawyer, for that matter.

As a Seattle employment discrimination attorney with decades of experience, I can work with you to address your discrimination case more effectively if you know what to expect.  None of the following are mandatory, but they all will help.  Here are four ways to prepare for your first visit:

1. Gather your documentation.

Put together a folder containing all the documentation you may have regarding your case.  Include items that may be used as evidence, such as letters or emails from your employer, any court documents you have, and other items.  Add documents from my office as you receive them, and bring this folder with you to every visit.

Do not throw away anything relating to your work, even if it seems routine or unimportant.  I will likely want to review it, or possibly may be required to give it to your opponent.

2. Write down your questions.

Write down the questions you have for your me.  Common questions asked at a first visit include: What are my recommendations or advice? and What fees and costs will likely result from your case?  Bring your list of questions to the meeting.

3. Jog your memory.

Write down everything you can remember about the events surrounding your case.  Include the full names of those involved when possible, along with your best recollection of what they said, did, or failed to do.  I will probably have many questions about the situation, so writing down the details when you’re calm and in familiar surroundings can help jog your memory during your meeting.  Be sure to note:  “To my attorney” on top of any documents like this that you intend to be a communication to Teller Law – that way the attorney/client privilege is more obvious.

4. Follow my advice.

After hearing more about your case, I will probably have advice about what you should or should not do next.  Take notes on this advice, and follow it.

If you or someone you care about has been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, Teller Law is available to help.  Please feel free to contact my office to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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