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December 24, 2009
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Crowd of Lawyers - Pakistan Rally NYWe are a bit over three months into our blog and also approaching the end of the year. This always makes me take stock and wax a bit philosophical.  Questions of why I do what I do, why I enjoy doing it, and how that compares or contrasts to the rest of the legal profession leads to the question of how clients should pick their legal counsel out of the crowd of lawyers.

The starting place for most would be that clients should look for lawyers with substantive expertise in the area of their matter.  This is easy enough to say, but it feels pretty misleading to me.  In my mind, being a great construction litigation attorney means first being a great litigator and a great trial attorney (we will leave the litigator versus trial attorney discussion for another time).  It is difficult for clients to judge litigation trial skills though.  Unless a client has tried a case with me or at least sat through a deposition with me, how would they know I can shred an opposing expert?