Opposing Counsel Stunt

The other day an opposing counsel pulled what I would politely describe as a “stunt.” It was not technically illegal or unethical, but it was quite wrong - and this lawyer knew exactly what he was doing.


In my younger days, I would have made some pointed response. Some might have described such responses as intemperate - and they might have been right occasionally.


One does get a bit wiser with age. I don’t do that much anymore.


As viscerally pleasing as it can be to punch back, it rarely does much good. Such efforts don’t advance or protect the client’s interests. In fact, peripheral feuds can have an adverse impact. Been there, done that.


As trial lawyers, what we must be focused on what benefits the client. Always.


When other lawyers act like jerks, it’s easy to lose sight of what really matters, the client.


In my current case, I will deal with the antics at hand. It should not end up being a huge issue.


I also have a long memory. I might forgive this lawyer. I will not forget, however.