Title Slide: The Biggest Mistakes Attorneys Make | With Ashley Renz, Brad Schweiger, and Lane Fitzgerald
Question: What are some of the biggest mistakes attorneys make?
Attorney Lane Fitzgerald: It’s difficult to say, there’s so many. There are so many different ones that can be made.
Attorney Ashley Renz: I think one of the biggest mistakes young attorneys is forgetting or just not returning phone calls or emails from either clients or other attorneys. It’s definitely important to keep those relationships going and keep those lines of communication open because you never know when something is going to change. You definitely need to be on top of that.
Attorney Lane Fitzgerald: Perhaps being unprepared, being unprepared is probably one of the biggest ones. I like to do a lot of research and have as much as I can in good order in the most advanced manner that I can. So, I like to do a lot of research on cases and have an idea as to what the arguments of the other party are going to be or how a resolution can be reached without having to go to litigation.
Attorney Brad Schweiger: Sometimes attorneys aren’t as client-focused as they need to be. They see a problem and they see a solution and they want to run at that solution, but sometimes a client isn’t as ready to run as fast as the attorney is and they need a little bit more help and guidance. They need a little bit more explanation as to what exactly is going on. With a little bit of client care you can have a much more successful practice.
Attorney Lane Fitzgerald: Right up there with being unprepared is an inability to come to a resolution. Every case doesn’t have to go to litigation, in fact it would be incredibly expensive for all of our clients. So, I think keeping an open mind and being respectful of your colleagues, and keeping a good working relationship with them, is probably going to be if not number one, number two, right after the unpreparedness.
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