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If you're on the verge of litigation, you may think you want an "aggressive" lawyer, who will bully your opponent into submission by being "tough." Many lawyers encourage this misconception, and try to convince you, through chest-thumping, that they are more "aggressive" than anyone else. They may also try to convince you that the more lawyers a law firm has, the more likely the firm is to win. Here's why you should reject both of these sales pitches:

You Want a Strategic Attorney, Not an "Aggressive" Attorney

Obviously, you want a lawyer who is willing to fight, and fight hard, to protect your rights. You need a warrior, not a wimp. "Aggressive," however, usually just means "obnoxious," and it is not in your best interest to hire an obnoxious lawyer. You can wind up wasting a fortune paying for unnecessary and unproductive "pissing contests" — pardon my French — merely because your lawyer has a personality disorder and/or wants to make the litigation as expensive as possible.

When a lawyer talks about how "aggressive" he is, remember that the way he plans to generate "heat" on your opponent is by burning up piles of
your money. How much of your cash will he have to burn just to raise the other guy's temperature by one degree? When both sides in a dispute hire self-proclaimed "aggressive" attorneys, those attorneys are often the only ones who benefit financially from the exercise.
Any litigation attorney can fight aggressively. What you really want is a lawyer who fights strategically. You want a lawyer who wins your case as efficiently as possible by choosing his battles.

You want a lawyer who, rather than mindlessly asserting every claim or defense that comes to mind, actually thinks about the costs and benefits of each one before deciding whether to use it. How much will it cost to prove this particular defense? Will it subject you to invasive discovery that can otherwise be avoided? Will asserting this claim enable you to get any additional damages? Will it affect your ability to get a trial by jury? Some lawyers never even consider these factors, and instead merely assert every legal theory that could even theoretically apply to a case, regardless of whether it helps or hurts you.

When you hire me to represent you in a dispute, we will discuss the costs and benefits of pursuing various alternative strategies, and develop a "battle plan" to try to achieve the best outcome for you, based on your objectives. Rather than just fighting aggressively for you, I will strive to fight strategically, and focus on winning your case as efficiently as possible.

You Want Quality, Not Quantity

You may think that the bigger a law firm you hire to represent you, the better. You would be mistaken. The fewer people working on your case, the better. You need to guard against overstaffing, because it is expensive and dangerous.

Overstaffing is expensive because you're footing the bill for a standing army of associates, legal assistants and outside vendors to perform tasks that could and should be done more efficiently by one person. A single task gets divided into several tasks, so that the firm can justify charging you for each person to work on a piece of the project. Then the firm charges you all over again when those associates, paralegals and outside vendors talk to one another about what work each of them did. You do not want to foot the bill for a big firm's
diseconomies of scale.

Overstaffing is also dangerous because a chain is only is strong as its weakest link. If there are five, ten or 15 people working on your case, not only will you pay for them to talk to one another about your case, but the people at the bottom of the law firm pyramid may fail to recognize and report critical information to the people at the top.
Winning or losing a case can hinge on whether your lawyer sees and recognizes the significance of a single sentence in a morass of documents. The so-called "smoking gun" in a lawsuit may be imperceptible to the inexperienced eye. Do you really want the outcome of your case to depend on whether some inexperienced lawyer or paralegal recognizes the significance of a given document or case and relays that information to the lawyer at the top?

When you hire me to represent you in a dispute, I personally do all the work that's required to prepare your case for trial. I don't rely on paralegals or inexperienced attorneys to review the evidence or perform the legal research on which your success depends. That is one reason that I have beaten firms with hundreds and hundreds of lawyers. When it comes to lawsuit, success depends on quality, not quantity.
Call me today. Let's talk about your case.