In 34 years, I've seen situations where people in small towns compromise their values because somebody knows somebody that can have an impact negatively on how a case is handled. Many times it is best to have a lawyer where he or she doesn't know any of the parties involved. This avoids any potential conflicts of interest. The other day a client was in the office, he'd hired a lawyer and something just didn't seem right to him because of all the small town interconnections. I did not suggest that he change lawyers, that is something that I would never do. It was his idea and he is more comfortable having a lawyer that doesn't know any of the people involved in the case. Many times, finding a hometown lawyer is appropriate and sometimes it may not be the best thing. It all depends on the case and the folks involved.