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Try making horse trades with opposing counsel: The trial can be in December so long as the deposition is in Houston and each side is limited to only fifty interrogatories. Try currying favor with opposing counsel: I’ll yield on this issue if you’ll yield on the next one. Try 53 acquiescing every once in a while just to avoid the cost of motion practice or to prove that you’re a decent human being. Being reasonable can protect your sanity and save your client money. But only the strong among us manage to retain our reason through the years; the currents of litigation run almost irresistibly in the other direction.

First, you cannot find the needle without first finding the haystack. Suppose we told a stranger that I was located somewhere in the universe, and we asked him to find me. The stranger should not start looking in random locations to see if I am there. Instead, he should try to get a general sense of where I might be. The stranger should begin his search by looking in the direction of the Milky Way. From there, looking in the solar system would narrow the scope of the search. If the stranger then looked on the third planet out, he would be warmer still.

Poppycock! First, lawyers rarely appear in appellate courts. Appeals are taken from final judgments on the merits. Since 98 percent of all civil cases settle before trial, final judgments on the merits are rarely entered. 46 When entered, those final judgments are probably the culmination of months or years of pretrial or trial proceedings. For most lawyers—those who are not appellate specialists—appellate arguments are rare as hen’s teeth. Typical lawyers do argue issues, but the issues are usually framed in pretrial motions and argued to trial judges.

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