Legal Law

There’s all the time an answer. At all times.

Good litigation attorneys serving their clients know that there is always a way to figure out a problem and do their best to win for their clients.

I was probably a decade and a half away from law school before I freaked out when I came across an entirely new problem, law, or set of facts.

At this point, I was very fortunate to be able to review dozens of cases, work on years of investigations, and practice on behalf of domestic and foreign clients of all shapes and sizes in courts and tribunals across the country. In other words, not only was I experienced, I was also fortunate to be very experienced for my overall experience.

Even so, I still had the problem that when something new came up, especially in a new case – and I was lucky enough to practice on all sorts of matters so that nothing looked like a cookie cutter or just a repetition of what I had seen beforehand – I would first be emphasized: Which laws applied? What did I have to investigate? What makes sense for the customer anyway?

Eventually I got wise and looked back on my cases and found that my colleagues and I were somehow figuring out how to go about it. We have established the relevant law. We have advised clients to help them determine their real goals. And we decided how to proceed to achieve these goals. The point is, we found out. We found the solution.

Lawyers need to keep this in mind, especially if you work for a law firm like ours where, due to years of history in areas that are constantly changing, matters can be complex: you will find the solution. I’m not saying the solution is obvious. It is generally not. Because of this, it may take hours of research, discussion with colleagues, rejecting some initial ideas, and all of that.

However, in order to win for your clients – that is, to do your job as a litigator – you have to step into a new, chaotic case with all the unforeseen facts and not knowing the law, with the full confidence that you and your team will find a solution. It will take a lot of work, as any good trial attorney score always does. But keep this attitude in mind and you will find the solution. Always.

John Balestriere is an entrepreneurial litigator who started his law firm after working as a prosecutor and litigator in a small law firm. He is a partner at the Balestriere Fariello law firm in New York, where he and his colleagues represent national and international clients in litigation, arbitration, appeals and investigations. You can reach him by email at [email protected]

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