28 June 2011

Quote of the Day

One of my favorite legal quotes is from Elihu Root, a famous Wall Street lawyer a hundred years ago or so. He said "About half of a decent lawyer's practice is telling prospective clients that they are damn fools and should stop."

Via Trade Secrets Today.

Bonus quote from the same source for litigation lawyers:

Under Rule 11, eventually, after expensive litigation, a party might convince a judge to sanction a bully's lawyer for filing a frivolous lawsuit. Rule 11 awards are extremely rare, kind of like sightings of Bigfoot.


Michael Malak said...

Best advice I ever got from a lawyer: pick up the phone and stop sending e-mails

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

True, the 98% of the time when you aren't dealing with pathological liars with whom every word must be documented.