RTL’s Real Truth about Lawyers # 1: “I want the meanest lawyer I can find; after all, he’s going to fight for me the hardest, right…?”
Actually, the ‘meanest’ lawyer is most often NOT your best bet for representation, and that’s the simple real truth about lawyers. Why? Well, consider this: In a lawsuit, or even more specifically, a courtroom, most all the major players know each other. The opposing counsels and the judge have probably handled many cases together. So, they know each others’ tactics and strategies. Wanna know the very few that don’t…? You guessed it; it’s the parties themselves. So, when your ‘junk yard dog’ lawyer is up blustering to the judge and the other side, who do think he’s showing off for…? You guessed it; you.
Showmanship vs. Effectiveness
The only place in a lawsuit for such postured ‘grandstanding’ is in front of a jury, for obvious reasons. But the vast majority of cases will never get that far. And in all domestic relations cases, where most such real ‘litigation’ to verdict occurs, there never is a jury. Your best attorneys know this and are prepared for a jury in the unlikely event it gets that far. But a ‘good’ attorney also knows it’s far better to head off that ‘crapshoot’ option so long as he can do it without compromising your case, which is the vast majority of the time.
Don’t Posture; Negotiate Effectively by Having a Lawyer That Knows Both You and Your Case and Tailors His Approach Accordingly
The simple truth is that a ‘good’ attorney rarely resorts to cheap showmanship to shore up his reputation or his career aspirations. (primarily because antics like that do the exact opposite). A good attorney is not going to just put on a high priced ‘dog and pony show’ for an unsuspecting gullible client that decided to hire the ‘meanest’ lawyer he could find. A ‘good’ attorney sees that effective representation and superior negotiating skills will more often carry the day. And that approach will both make and save his client money when all the dust of the blustering is done and the judge has to rule.
What You “Think Works” vs. What “Really Works”
Judges don’t rule on antics. But, just like in most of the rest of life, too many people follow what they ‘think’ is good advice. The smarter among us seek good advice to cut through that bs and get to what truly ‘works’ rather than a ‘good show’ they ‘think works’. That ‘good show’ is most probably because someone is ‘playing’ them who is willing to sacrifice their interests for his own. It’s highly unethical, and it happens every single day, and that’s the simple truth about lawyers. Don’t be fooled by such ‘carnyism’.
What This Ultimately Means to You
A good attorney always fights for his client, but a bad attorney will often ‘put up a fight’ to camouflage his inadequacies by playing to a client’s misplaced emotions. Think wisely about that the next time you’re choosing representation and four out of five lawyers you speak to spend a half hour pumping you full of ‘piss and vinegar’ to try and garner a fee.
And that’s simply the real truth about lawyers.