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How to Get More Reviews for Your Law Firm

Jon Kenton
April 16,2024 10:53 AM Comment(s)
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It should be no surprise that positive testimonials and online reviews about a law firm significantly improve the number of inquiries the firm receives. It’s a proven tactic to ensure a firm stands out among the competition. There are three main important points to focus on with review marketing or "online reputation management."

1. Consumers typically use two or more sites to check business reviews: 36% of consumers use two review sites when deciding to use local businesses, while 41% of consumers use three or more sites.

2. According to a 2023 study, nearly 84% of study participants said that a law firm would need to have a review score of 4 stars or higher before they would hire that firm.

3. A sustained influx of reviews over time is preferable over, say, a large influx at once and then no updates. This clearly indicates the importance of including review management in your standard marketing. 

Building a portfolio of reviews is a vital marketing strategy and requires an ongoing commitment to collecting new reviews. Bankruptcy and probate client generation experts LeadQ certainly know the importance of excellent reviews for their client campaign pages. "[Reviews are] the most vital part of creating a new campaign. We've seen over the years that longer reviews that mention the attorney by name are a marker of success over and over again." says LeadQ founder Jim Rauch. 

Here are six ways to work review collection into your bankruptcy law firm marketing strategy.

1. It all starts with the client experience 

The first step is to ensure every client’s experience is as streamlined as possible. Be it in-person, on the phone, via email or text, every contact with a client is an opportunity to make a good impression. The best way to do this is to set up standard operating procedures, SOP, for as much client interaction as possible. Ensure the phone is answered the same way every time, and all staff is well trained to speak with clients in their designated role. 

For solo practitioners, automating procedures like appointment setting and email will ensure things are easy for clients. It also means face-to-face time will be valuable and free from administrative issues. 

2. Include review requests in follow-ups 

Upon the conclusion of every case, ask clients both verbally and via email to share their thoughts about their bankruptcy experience. An automated email with links to review sites including Google, Facebook, Yelp, and AVVO, makes things easy for clients. 

3. Guide their review with positive questions

Leaving review topics completely open-ended can be risky and often leads to vague comments. Include simple questions in a testimonial request email to guide the process. Change the questions as needed to prompt a review on a specific topic. Here are some good questions to encourage positive reviews.

What was your situation before you contacted our firm? 

What results did you get from your case resolution? 

What did you like most about working with our law firm? 

Would you recommend our firm to others? If so, why?

4. Keep your review sites up to date

Business profiles on important review sites including Facebook, Yelp, and AVVO should be fully set up and well maintained. Make sure they are informative and don’t leave empty sections. During the search process, potential clients see these sites as an extension of an attorney’s website and ultimately the firm’s commitment to their clients. 

5. Follow up

If a particularly important client has not left a review after an initial email, consider a quick individual email to ask them again. This personal touch may inspire them to write something. It may be easier for them to reply to a one-on-one email rather than go to an online review site, so invite them to do just that. These stand-alone reviews can be posted to a website or used within a marketing campaign.

For a more informal addition to the review collection process, the next time a client gives in-person/phone compliments or thanks, ask if they can provide the same feedback in an email or online review. 

6. Responding to negative reviews

Negative reviews always require a response. According to Google, responding to reviews can boost local SEO. They encourage businesses to “interact with customers by responding to reviews that they leave about your business. Responding to reviews shows that you value your customers and the feedback that they leave about your business.” 

In responding, stay calm and professional. It may not be possible to change that person’s mind, but a professional response reflects well on a firm’s client service. Review site GatherUp has a great post about the best ways to respond to negative reviews. 


Building profiles on review sites and consistently collecting testimonials can be a rewarding experience. It will not only encourage more potential clients but is an excellent morale boost for any firm. The more comprehensive a firms marketing structure, the easier it will be to collect reviews and see the results and growth they bring. 

We'd love to hear from you about your experience getting and using reviews in your marketing. Which platforms do you use? How do you ask clients to review you? How have you handled a negative review? Please share in the comment section below. 

Jon Kenton