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Here’s what a lot of lawyers wish clients knew: that they aren’t blood thirsty, money hungry connivers. Lawyers are often the unfortunate victims of misconceptions. TV shows, like How to Get Away With Murder, do a good job fooling the public. However, legal fiction is far from the legal truth.
Consider this anecdote in the Lawyerist:
“You may have heard the story about the lawyer who abandoned his Ferrari in rising flood waters so he could make it to a hearing. Instead of taking the time to save his car, he abandoned it in order to get to court on time… Everyone was amazed except lawyers, who were like duh…”
Not all lawyers drive Ferraris, but all lawyers sacrifice time, money, and sweat for their clients. And when litigation happens, the process is far from pizazzy. So, to shine a light on the truth, I have gathered the opinions of lawyers who expressed what their wishes were.
Part 1: Lawyers’ Caring and Surprising Lives
“After a client signs a retainer with me, I look them in the eye and tell them ‘Okay, you don’t have to worry about this anymore. Your problems are now my problems.’ It is just a thing I say, but it is a true thing I say. My clients go home and sleep soundly for the first time in weeks or months. I go home and think about the legal issues all evening.”
As demonstrated by this quote from Lawyerist author Sam Glover, legal ethics are far from the daily fiction. These lawyers on Reddit agree.
Part 2: Litigation is Far From Glamorous
“Sure, sometimes we get to make impassioned speeches to a jury, or rush to a police interrogation room at 3 a.m., but most of the time, our lives aren't quite that glamorous.”
As the rest of this article by Bustle author Jessica Mason explains, the real nitty gritty isn’t so fabulous – like these comments on Reddit pointed out.