What To Do When Opposing Counsel Is A Jerk

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (June 25, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT) -- Attorneys often predicate their relationships with opposing counsel on professional courtesies that help reduce the grind of litigation or negotiation — but there are some who stray from the civilized path and pepper their interactions with bullying or deception.

Whether their behavior stems from their personality or is a tactic to unsettle opposing counsel, lawyers who rely on dirty tricks can gum up the legal process and sow disharmony in even routine legal matters. Agreements may not reflect what was discussed in face-to-face meetings. Deposed witnesses may become upset. Unreasonable discovery demands may be made.

But Gerald L. Maatman Jr., a...

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