Is Settlement Counsel a New Trend in Litigation?

George nervously drummed his fingers on the desk. He was torn. On the one hand, he’d known this lawsuit ought to settle the moment Brad Givens retained him. The facts were weak, the law was unsettled, and Brad could make real money in partnership with the defendants, if they could stop shouting at each other.But Brad was both rich and litigious. He liked his attorneys aggressive and bulldog stubborn. George had to act like a gladiator, or get fired. There was also a risk that seeking settlement now would project weakness to George’s opponents. He had a tough reputation and wanted to keep it that way. Finally, this case was worth a lot of money, but only if George worked the file; settle too soon, and his billable hours would suffer.

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