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Do Not Settle. Do Not Collect a Contingency Fee. Go Straight to the State Bar.

Amjadi v. Brown , No. G059069 (D4d3 Aug. 30, 2021) Sometimes clients won’t settle when their lawyers think they should. No matter how much you explain to them that it’s a good deal, that it’s better than anything they could expect even if they win at trial, or that they are letting emotional issues get in the way of what litigation is really about: money, they just won’t come around to your view of the situation. But if you didn’t want to deal with that, you should have told the interviewers at OCI that you want to be a capital markets lawyer. Because, as fools who decided to pursue a life in litigation, clients who don’t take our settlement advice are an occupational hazard we just need to suck up and deal with.  Lots of strategic and tactical decisions in litigation belong to the attorney, not the client. But not settlement. Rule 1.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct unequivocally states that a “lawyer shall abide by a client’s decision whether to settle a matter.”  The plaintiff

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