Second-Guessing Your Lawyer

by Jamison Koehler on November 7, 2014

The caller tells me he wants my professional opinion.  What he really wants is some free legal advice so that he can second-guess the lawyer he has already hired.

But the caller has three problems.  His first problem is that I remember him.  I remember speaking with him not once but twice on the phone before he decided to hire someone else.  I have no intention of spending any more time on his case.

His second problem is that I am friends with the lawyer he decided to go with.  I will not sabotage my relationship with a colleague for a waffling, second-guessing client with a now proven history of going behind his lawyer’s back.

Finally, because I have a lot of respect for my colleague, I will not take over the representation. I feel the same way with respect to virtually any lawyer from the Public Defender Service.  How could I accept money from someone when that person is already receiving top quality legal representation?

“You are in very good hands with Mr. Smith, “I tell the caller.  “He is a very good lawyer.  You should be asking him these questions.”

“Mr. Smith speaks highly of you too,“ the caller tells me.

“Thank you,” I say.  “That is good to hear.”

As for the caller’s complaint that Mr. Smith has not been returning phone calls, I point out that Mr. Smith is currently in trial.  “He will be back in touch with you soon enough,” I tell him.

The caller sounds unsure.  He also persists, ignoring my “I am wrapping this up so that I can get off the phone” tone of voice.  Could I just get your professional opinion on one question, he asks me?

I am polite with him.  But I am done with the call.

One Comment on “Second-Guessing Your Lawyer

  1. Amen to this, and a great reminder to focus on the deeper reasons why we practice and why we need to respect our colleagues.

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