Trial Lawyers Suffer Post Trial “Tailspin”
Seasoned lawyers know that advocating for clients in trial takes a toll on our well-being. The physical, intellectual, and emotional commitment required to properly try a case is utterly exhausting. Even when we win, the jarring re-adjustment to our routine practice after trial triggers for many doldrums akin to depression. The question is whether trial lawyers can inoculate themselves against this challenging phenomenon.
Why I Asked LCA Fellow Dick Knoth
Dick is an enormously accomplished trial lawyer. A partner in Baker Hostetler’s Cleveland office, Dick has more than 30 years of national trial experience focused on complex commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes. He scored victories in sundry industries—from misappropriation claims concerning enterprise resource planning to shipping disputes concerning trade practices in navigable waters. Repeatedly recognized for his trial prowess by Chambers and Best Lawyers in America, Dick runs two trial teams and routinely tries high stakes, complicated and often grueling disputes.
Using his recent six-week trial concerning a bidding dispute for public health care contracts as an example, Dick graciously shared with me how he and his trial teams cope with the post-trial tailspin, identifying concrete steps he takes pre-trial, during trial, and after trial to minimize despondency. I encourage you to watch our conversation HERE.
Steve and Dottie Henry, and the fabulous LCA team are finalizing plans for our 2023 Conference and Celebration of Fellows which will be announced shortly. In addition, the Complex Commercial Litigation Institute will host its next conference at the The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs on February 23rd and 24th, 2023. I look forward to seeing you at these wonderful events! In the meantime, if you will be in South Florida, please let Theresa and me show you some hospitality.
Very truly yours,