Shop around- meet multiple lawyers to learn a little bit about them; the way they practice law, their court fees and personality. Always meet with a lawyer in person, before you commit to their services, to ensure an appropriate match.
Determine what you need a lawyer for (divorce, custody, criminal charges, etc.) in order to increase your chances of finding one that is well rehearsed in your specific case. Consider finding a lawyer who specializes in the area that you need representation.
Choose a lawyer that you trust. When choosing a lawyer, make sure you are taking into account whether or not the lawyer as a person invokes a general feeling of trust. You cannot be successful with a lawyer with whom you are not comfortable telling the entire truth of the situation.
Choose a lawyer that is upfront about what fees he has and what he charges for his legal services. The last thing you want from a lawyer is an astoundingly large, unexpected, undiscussed bill.
Check your lawyer credentials. Make sure that he has a good reputation-for this reason, a smart way to choose a lawyer is to use referrals from friends and family.