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Traditionally, lawyers represent a client’s interests regardless of whether they feel the client is right or wrong. This “hired gun” approach earns attorneys a negative reputation.
Patricia McCarthy values integrity, honesty and justice, and, as a result, she differs from the “hired gun” attorney in several very important ways.
What Patricia McCarthy knows is…
Issues that must be tried before a court or jury can be a dirty business. And the process can be very emotional for the litigants. The attorney involved must hold onto the highest standards during the entire litigation process.
A good attorney must be a chameleon and have the ability to play several roles during the legal process. The initial goal should be to reach a settlement, if appropriate (and sometimes it is not appropriate, i.e. domestic violence issues or inability/unwillingness of the other party to cooperate). An attorney must be a first-rate negotiator. A party who agrees to an unfair deal just for the sake of settling will keep returning to court again and again, resulting in excessive court costs and attorney fees. So, the first approach is to try to obtain a win-win outcome.
If all attempts at negotiations have been unsuccessful, then the lawyer must change from the negotiator to the trial lawyer and vigorously advance her client’s interests before the court.