The Importance of Hiring a Local Lawyer

By: Dustin HumphreyCloseup of business people shaking hands over a deal

There have been a lot of attorney advertisements on television lately, but interestingly enough, none of them seem to be from Kentucky. Many are based in other states, some as far as Florida. This may not seem like a problem at first glance, but there are many reasons the attorneys at Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Pike believe you should “shop local” when it comes to hiring a lawyer. Here are some things that a local lawyer knows that those TV lawyers may not:

  • A local lawyer knows the local customs and procedures.

Every community has a different way of doing things, making a commercial attorney unreliable when it comes to understanding local customs and courtroom procedures. A local attorney on the other hand is very aware of these things

  • A local lawyer knows the opposing counsel.

This is a great advantage to hiring local. Having an attorney that understands how opposing counsel is likely to practice the case gives you you an immediate leg-up. Commercial attorneys will most likely never have dealt with your opposing counsel, which can be a great weakness in the courtroom.

  • A local lawyer knows the personalities and pet peeves of the judges.

Every judge has their own set of unique personality traits and pet peeves. A local attorney who has practiced in front of the same judges year after year understands these things and is able to navigate accordingly.

  • A local lawyer knows the character of the community and people who will ultimately decide if a case goes to trial.

A commercial attorney can do all the research in the world, but they will never be able to fully grasp the character of the community without being a part of the community.

The attorneys at Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Pike believe hiring a local attorney is the wisest decision when it comes to protecting yourself legally. Don’t hesitate to contact your local attorney when you are in need.




Dustin joined the SBW&P team in 2010, coming to us from one of the oldest firms in Cincinnati. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bellarmine University, summa cum laude, and his law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, where he graduated cum laude. Dustin’s law practice includes personal injury law, medical malpractice law, business law including corporations, LLCs and business planning, real estate law, probate law, estate planning, employment law, and family law.