How To Try A Case Without Trying A Judge's Patience

Law360, New York (November 4, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT) -- For a trial attorney, courtroom etiquette means much more than turning off your cellphone and tucking in your shirt. Though a lot of work goes into bringing home a win, an attorney will stand a much better chance if he stays in the judge's good graces.

Certainly, no jurisdiction is the same, and different judges might have different expectations as to how attorneys should act in their courtrooms. But as the following counselors point out, there are fundamental guidelines that all trial attorneys should follow.

Don't Second-Guess the Judge

The most important thing for a trial attorney to understand is that...

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