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The Benefits of Balancing Zealous Advocacy With Fairness

, The Legal Intelligencer


I was speaking to a young litigator recently who had just settled a contentious and seemingly nasty case.

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  • Peter Boyer

    I am a firm believer in the value of civility and professionalism, but I must note that I am a bit disppointed in your article, which seems to suggest that a lawyer should govern his behavior in such a way as to curry favor with the opposing party or lawyer in the hope of securing business down the line. I would like to suggest that thinking along those lines is dangerous. The client's goals and interest are and should be paramount. Weighing a strategic decision by considering whether the opposing party or counsel will be impressed by what you is clearly not appropriate. On the other hand, it is my view that in almost every case the client's interests are best served by the approach you advocate, which is zealous advocacy carried out in a civil and professional manner.

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