Practitioner's Playbook: The Complaint

Law360, San Diego (March 18, 2015, 3:02 PM EDT) -- When attorneys are drafting a complaint that will lay the foundation for the rest of their client’s case, they should remember that they are only going to get one chance to make a good first impression. 

Launching a suit gives the plaintiff the first-move advantage to frame the issues in the case, and it’s an opportunity the plaintiff’s attorney doesn’t want to squander, according to Andra Greene, an Irell & Manella LLP partner who focuses on complex business litigation.

“Filing a complaint sets the stage for the case and is a very powerful position to be in,” she says. “When I...

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