Overly Aggressive Lawyering Can Backfire

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Overly Aggressive Lawyering Can Backfire

In Moody v. Ford Motor Co. 2007 WL 869693 (N.D.Okla.2007) Plaintiff’s counsel received what would normally be considered an outstanding verdict (over $15 million). The problem: He did so by repeatedly ignoring the Court’s pre-trial rulings on important evidentiary issues and by personally insulting Ford’s witnesses. The court found Plaintiff’s counsel’s behavior to be so bad, that it ordered a new trial. The lesson: Zealous advocacy is great, but play fair and by the rules.

Jeanelle Lust
Managing Partner
www.knudsenlaw.com

February 6th, 2008|Uncategorized|