For most of us, needing an attorney is something we never think of until we really need one. What I mean is, you never think about who your personal injury attorney would be until your involved in a truck accident and need one. You never think about who your criminal defense attorney would be until your son or daughter gets a DUI and you need one. And when you actually need one is when you realize how hard it is to actually find a good one (or at least one you can trust inherently).
To take advantage of this phenomenon, lawyer review sites have popped up all over the map. Sites like avvo.com, lawyers.com, findlaw.com, and even legalmatch.com come to mind right off the top of my head as websites that will pop up with even a simple search like Seattle truck accident lawyer. Along with those sites, you'll get hundreds, if not thousands of law firm websites popping up, all asking you to give them a call. But can they be trusted? Let's see.
Before I get too far into this, I want to let you know that I'm a practicing attorney. That's where my experience with these lawyer review sites comes from. I've participated in some and not participated in others, but I can tell you one thing right off the bat - they'll let anyone in.
In some ways these review sites can be good. I mean, if you are looking for a railroad accident lawyer you need someone experienced in railroad accident law. These sites might be a good place for you to start looking for that. But, like any review site out there, the results, and the reviews, can often be skewed in ways that don't help your lawyer search (what I mean is, just because you go to a site about railroad accident law doesn't mean you're going to get a good attorney).
What I mean is, it's easy for attorneys to bolster their image both on their website and on these review sites by skewing the results. And that doesn't mean posting fake reviews (though that happens from time to time). But it does mean, for example, only asking for reviews from people that they are confident have had a good experience, and certainly not even mentioning a review to someone that had a bad experience (whether the bad experience is from the facts or from the actions of the attorney).
In the end, I think lawyer review sites are a lot like any other review sites - they should be taken with a grain of salt. If there are a lot of positive reviews, that shouldn't be seen as a bad thing. But remember that you have to make your own decisions with regard to who your lawyer is, and you shouldn't make that decision until you've had a chance to sit down with them face to face and see what they are made of.