January 2023 Bar Bulletin
By Eric Gillett
When I was a young attorney, my mentors taught me that litigation was intellectual warfare. I needed to prepare for battle. Litigation was a chess match where pawns were exchanged and every move was to protect the King, that being your client. Before heading off to a hearing, one senior partner loved to say, “return with your shield or on it.”1
The language of litigation is conflict. “Complaint,” “Answer,” and “Affirmative defenses.” We prosecute a claim. We defend a client. We argue, and argue, and argue. So, it is not surprising that after months or years...