Analysis

Jurors' Anti-Attorney Bias Is More Paranoia Than Fact

Law360, New York (June 7, 2017, 1:41 PM EDT) -- Anti-lawyer bias lurks in the hearts of jurors, so attorneys should think twice before defending a legal malpractice suit all the way to trial, right? Not so fast. While it’s axiomatic among many practitioners that jurors aren’t inclined to give them a fair shake, experts say that anxiety is often overblown, or simply wrong-headed.

With malpractice insurers dealing with their own fears about big-number verdicts, the canard about lawyer-hating jurors is helping drive many attorneys to settle quickly rather than defend even highly defensible allegations.

“The clients, the insurance companies, everyone on the defense side is gun-shy about juries, but it’s...

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