The first part of maximizing your relationship with your lawyer comes in choosing the right person to work with. Every person - lawyer and client alike - has unique strengths, needs and perspectives. You want to find someone who fits well with you.
Deciding whom to work with (Tip #1) is only the beginning of your case. To really get the most out of your work with your attorney, you want to stay actively involved throughout the duration of the case in a couple of key ways.