Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

Law360 (December 3, 2018, 3:16 PM EST) -- About five years ago, DLA Piper partner Eric Falkenberry had a meeting with a client looking to size up the litigation risks lurking in a potential acquisition target.

After reviewing the matter, Falkenberry gave the usual “lawyerly” answer to the question, a carefully worded response that covered an extremely wide variety of possible outcomes and potential costs.

The frustrated client slammed his hand down on the table and said sternly, “Eric, if we could quantify the litigation risk, maybe I could DO something with it.”

“I’d love to tell you I had an epiphany right then,” Falkenberry said in recounting the...

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