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.