Doing My Best

I care about every case and every client.  They come to me for help.  I try my damndest for them.  But sometimes I lose.  God I hate that.  It hurts to lose.  But there are some clients (a very few) where I watch the impact on them and it hurts even more.  I don’t know why.  I’ll move on.  I’ll have more cases and more wins and losses. But they won’t. And it hurts me to see that.

There’s a reason I don’t do criminal law any more or divorces.  It just hurts too much when I lose those cases.It’s one thing to tell client that they need to pay money, even a lot of money; but it’s another thing to tell them they’re losing their child or going to have to go to prison or jail.

Litigation is a lot like playing cornerback in football—a bad short-term memory (so the losses don’t keep you from doing your best next time out) and a good long-term memory so I am always learning.  There’s a reason they call it the “practice” of law:  you can always do better.  So I just always do my best.  No excuses, no exceptions.

People ask me sometimes what my win-loss record is.  To be frank, I really don’t know.  Part of the problem is figuring out what a “win” really is.  A good settlement?  A win in court where the client doesn’t get all they want?  I have the same problem figuring out what a “loss” is.  Sometimes what I call a “win” the client calls a “loss” and vice versa.

Litigation is not for the brittle.

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