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Check out Faye Cohen’s post to her blog Toughlawyerlady!


In nearly every matter we work on, we deal with opposing counsel. I have realized that the single most significant feature in how a matter proceeds, and indeed how a matter is concluded, is based on the personality, reputation, character, work habits, ethics, knowledge, and practice of that opposing counsel. I have identified various characteristics that attorney who have been our opposing counsel possess, and this blog discusses them. Although I have used the pronoun “he”, these descriptions apply to lawyers of both sexes.

The Missing in Action Lawyer.   This type of lawyer may initial return telephone calls or e mail promptly, or may even agree to resolve a matter, but gradually becomes less responsive, or sometimes disappears entirely over time. By “disappears”, I mean that the lawyer is still alive, but becomes less and less responsive.  I assume that the reasons leading to the disappearing lawyer are one…

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