The Value of Hiring a Credible Attorney

Attorney credibility has been a topic of interest in academia and the legal community for quite some time. The literature is replete with recommendations on how attorneys can become more persuasive in the courtroom; however, there are only a few scientific studies related to civil litigation that examine whether the perceived characteristics of attorneys are related to courtroom outcomes. Moreover, there has been little discussion about the things that jurors have stated that attorneys should not do in the courtroom. In this article, we define what attorney credibility is and what it is not and examine how attorney credibility influences verdict outcomes.