Hiring a lawyer - Is it disadvantageous if opposing lawyer worked under the named partner lawyer I am planning to hire. ?
Do the best of the best branch away and start their own practice?
Will it be disadvantageous to me that that Mr. C will be on trial with his past named partner?
2 attorney answers
I don't see that as "disadvantageous" nor a particular advantage. Few civil cases actually make it to trial in any event. Seems like you're over-thinking it.
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Of course, it is hard to generalize with this. However here is my best attempt.
If your attorney mentored or supervised the other attorney, there is possible good and bad in that. If the senior attorney was respected by the younger one, that respect may still be there and play to your advantage. If the senior attorney was not respected, the opposite could be true.
Familiarity could result in more cooperation between counsel, keeping the costs of the litigation lower than otherwise expected. I find it far better for my clients and the outcome when the attorney on the other side is someone I know from a previous case or from participating in bar events with them.
The younger attorney may be more motivated to do well against his former boss, simply as a matter of pride.
Some of the best attorneys branch our, and others stay and become principals of the firm they are with. There are many average or even below average attorneys who open their own firm. There is no way to use that as a litmus test of attorney abilities.
Good luck to you.
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