“Why,” I hear you ask, “should I hyphenate compound adjectives that precede a noun? Huh?”
(I know, you could not possibly care less. But just pretend, OK? For me?)
Well, I’m glad you asked!
Any number of people might need “an asbestos-exposure lawyer,” sad to say.
But “an asbestos exposure lawyer”?
Not unless you’ve been apprehended in flagrante on the sun.