Payne Mitchell Ramsey
What to Expect

How to Hire a Lawyer

Most of clients are facing life-changing events – either serious or permanent injuries, or the loss of a loved one. At the same time, you face a momentous decision and must choose legal representation to help you achieve justice and compensation essential to resuming your life as well as possible. We understand that no lawyer can erase your suffering, but we believe that choosing the right lawyer can make dealing with the legal process a little easier. Selecting a legal team with who you and your loved ones are comfortable is critical. We believe that you will find the attorneys and legal team at Payne Mitchell Ramsey Law Group represent an outstanding option. Take a few minutes to review our explanation of the legal process and give us a call if we can answer any questions on what to expect.

Concentration in Personal Injury

In selecting a lawyer to handle your personal injury case, we feel that it is important for the lawyer to devote the majority of his or her practice to this niche area. Practicing exclusively in the personal injury arena gives us an important advantage over lawyers who aren’t fully devoted to this complex practice area.

Who will Handle your Case?

It is important to understand and meet your legal team. Be certain that you meet the lawyer who will be handling your case. Avoid the firms that will refer your case out entirely.

Open Line of Communication

Payne Mitchell Ramsey's policy with its clients is to have an open and immediate line of communication. Your phone calls will be returned by a lawyer within 24 hours. With a significant personal injury case, it is important that you be able to access and communicate directly with the lawyer handling your file.

Trial Experience

Ask the lawyer who is handling your case about his or her trial experience. Select a lawyer who has experience as the lead lawyer in a significant number of personal injury trials. This experience will be invaluable in advising you, and ultimately in presenting your case to a jury if a settlement cannot be reached. Andy Payne, Jim Mitchell and Todd Ramsey have tried numerous cases as lead lawyer in both state and federal courts.

Board Certification

Certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization is important. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization provides certification in the area of personal injury trial law. Currently, less than 3% of the attorneys in Texas have gained this certification. By hiring a lawyer who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, you can be assured that they have tried a significant number of personal injury cases as lead lawyer, and have met rigorous requirements concerning knowledge, experience and character as set forth by the State Bar of Texas. For more information regarding board certification, see Andy Payne and Jim Mitchell are each Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Additionally, Andy is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Peer Recognition

Lawyers are judged through many peer review processes. Martindale-Hubbell is an attorney listing agency which rates attorneys based on their legal expertise and ethics. The highest rating is an AV rating. Payne Mitchell Ramsey has achieved this rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Local publications also provide a peer review and listing process. In Texas, Texas Monthly magazine has a list of top lawyers in the state, and Andy Payne, Jim Mitchell and Todd Ramsey have all consistently been listed as “Texas Super Lawyers.” Likewise, D Magazine in Dallas rates the top lawyers in Dallas where all three partners have consistently been selected on their Best Lawyers list.

Ethical Conduct

It is inappropriate for a lawyer or a representative of a lawyer to contact you as the result of an injury. In fact, personal contact is prohibited by the State Bar. Likewise, an attorney with a reputation for ethical conduct will not only deal better with you, but also with the opposing counsel and the courts. Talk to your lawyer about his thoughts on ethics.

Contact us for a Free Consultation

Perhaps most important in your decision to hire a lawyer is a personal meeting. Take the time to meet the lawyer who will be handling your case and ensure that you are comfortable with his representing you in front of a jury. Contact us at 214.252.1888 or

Todd was very compassionate, understanding, and worked diligently to assist me with my case. I would highly recommend him.


Great experience with this firm. Very professional, responsive, and available to talk and listen. I highly recommend.

Rich S

I had a great experience with this firm. They are very professional, responsive, and are always available to talk and listen. I would highly recommend.

Richard S.

Andy Payne and his staff were extremely compassionate from our initial meeting all the way through to the conclusion of our case and even afterward. They kept us completely informed during the entire case and were available literally anytime we had questions. Andy won our case substantially, and we could not recommend anyone more suitable to handle a case of negligence, wrongful death, or injury.


Quality lawyers, quality staff. They won’t be out worked by opposing counsel on the issues that shape the case as it is applied to the law. Equally important, the legal community respects their work product, intellect and candor.

Carlos C.