At some point in everyone's life they may find themselves in need of an expert who can protect them, or help them find justice. There may have been some type of accident involving a faulty product, or a car accident, or some type of insurance snafu. The bottom line is the average person is not equipped to negotiate and deal with the big companies who handle product liability issues or insurance claims. But there also are not really national companies that defend and support consumers. The consumer's best route is to search locally for local consumer protection attorneys. These attorneys may be listed in local directories under various types of lawyer. For example, depending on one's need, the consumer may want to find a bankruptcy law firm or a securities lawyer. In common parlance, particularly with faulty product issues, these attorneys may be called lemon lawyers. Sometimes they may be referred to as simply a commercial or corporate lawyer. The real question is how to find the best one for one's particular needs. Luckily, this is not as hard as it sounds. Virtually every state has a state bar association. These associations self-regulate the attorneys who are practicing law in that state. These associations keep track of every attorney and what type of law they practice. In many instances, the association will have a web site with a searchable directory based on the type of practice an attorney operates. Often, these associations also will provide background on whether the attorney has ever gotten into any kind of ethical trouble. For example, the association will notify you if an attorney has been sanctioned by the bar association, or the state court system for unethical behavior. This is often the best starting place for searching for a local attorney. Online reviews are also a good way to check out the history of a local consumer protection attorney. Many attorneys will have their own web sites as well.