Talk Things Through

One of the really good things about practicing in a law firm instead of being a solo practicioner is that you have resources nearby in other lawyers who do things similar to what you do.

We all need a pep talk from time to time, and I needed that help today. I’ve got a lot of cases I’m handling, moving at a fast pace, and it’s easy to feel like things are spinning out of control. Having some difficulties in one case, and facing a tough adversary in another case, can sometimes leave me feeling less than up to the task. That, in turn, can lead me to consider making concessions that I really don’t need to make. It’s good to have other attorneys around to talk things through with. It’s good to hear someone remind you that, yeah, the other guy talks a good game, but he’s really full of it.

The big reminder is that while it’s good to understand your opponent’s case, it’s more important to go out and litigate your own case. When there is something that is really being disputed, don’t lose faith in your client, in the law that supports your position, and most of all, in yourself. I know one of my weaknesses is a tendency to try to do everything by myself, and I try to get help when I can. Having other smart lawyers around makes getting that help much easier.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.