quick question - my previous employer is threatening me with "legal action" over something that I believe he has no legal leg to stand on. for background, this is a company of about 50 employees, and the company has taken some level or another of "legal action" against about 12 previous employees over the past year. I need to consult an employment lawyer, preferebly one from new york. I honestly believe that what I need is to talk to one on the phone for a few minutes, just to get an idea of what I need to do. how do I find a laywer, and is it the type of thing that I can do to aks to have a short telephone consultation (that I am perfectly willing to pay for)? I am presently in Chicago, so I would prefer to do this on the phone, if possible. anybody have any ideas? for more detail - there are two issues here - first, my previous employer paid me some commision money, and then changed my commision structure and, after I left, demanded the money back. I honestly don't think that I owe him this money, due to the exact situation, but it is a lot, and I am inclined to pay it to avoid any problems. second - I am contractually obligated not to recruit any of his emplyees for a year after leaving. Somebody spoke to me about a job, and I told him that I wasn't able to talk to him about this for another few months. So my previous boss apperently heard about this, and is threatening to sue me over this "contact". What I don't want it to get involved in some type of case where, even though I don't loose, I end up with legal costs and with a record that I was sued by a previous employer. not looking for free legal advice, I just ahve never hired a private laywer, and don't knwo exactly how to go about it.