Probably not. It will probably help the lawsuit.
The alternative – lawyers that don’t get along – can be much worse.
My first duty is to my client. My integrity and my pride depend on my ability to do the best job I can for the person I’m working for. Nearly all lawyers feel the same way.
Every time I file a lawsuit in court, I wind up dealing with another lawyer. Even in greater Cincinnati – where there are about 6,000 lawyers – the same lawyers wind up handling the same cases against each other.
The same small group of lawyers specializes in divorces, another small group writes wills, another small group represents businesses, and so on.
If you represent injured persons on a regular basis, you deal every day with the lawyers who work for insurance companies. There aren’t that many of them.
I’ve been working for accident victims for 30 years. When I file suit, the lawyer for the insurance company is probably going to be someone I know. And my relations with him have probably been good – in that we respect each other, and each has an idea of what the other is like.
Does this help my clients?
Yes. I know the lawyers who will stretch out the case so they can bill more, and the ones who can get to the point fast.
And normally, in a lawsuit, you don’t know the person – or the insurance company – you are suing.
I don’t know them either. But if I know their lawyer, we can avoid a lot of the fights that are caused by fear and mistrust, and get down to resolving the issues that are keeping you from getting your money.
I can ask the lawyer what he – and what his client – thinks of the case. If my client and I think the same thing, we can settle it. If we don’t think the same thing, we can go to the judge and get the lawsuit set for trial, after everyone’s had the chance to learn all they need to.
If the other lawyer needs documents or a report that will resolve some of his clients doubts, he asks me and I get it for him. (He’ll be able to get it anyway by asking the judge to make me produce it.)
Sure, there are a lot of times when I want something the other lawyer can’t give me, and vice-versa. As I said, that’s when we see the judge – or the jury.
But knowing the other lawyer – and being able to understand his concerns – has helped a lot of my clients, and gotten them what they wanted faster.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. Just because someone is on the other side does not mean you can’t learn anything from them, or that they can’t help you get what you want. If you have questions about what lawyers do, and why, talk with an experienced Cincinnati Accident Lawyer. Call me, William Strubbe, at 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed.