A friend of mine who used to be an insurance defense lawyer told me a couple weeks ago that the insurance companies know all about each lawyer who represents injured workers. They even know what moves the lawyer make in particular negotiations in previous cases, because they keep records of all this stuff and compile a dossier on each lawyer. So, when you hire a lawyer, the insurance company already knows how that lawyer tends to represent his or her clients. My friend says that this information can come into play when the insurance company is determining how much to offer to settle a case. He believes that the identity of the lawyer you hire does in fact have some impact on the settlement outcome you can get. Good to have that notion confirmed by someone who was in a position to know.