OPENING STATEMENT: Five Traits of the Best Lawyers I Know

Vol. 40 No. 1

The author is a litigation partner with Snell & Wilmer LLP, Phoenix, and chair of the Section of Litigation.

Most of what I know about litigation I learned from other lawyers. Sure, I learned from my own experience and mistakes. But just as surely, I borrowed from lawyers I admire and consider “the best.”

Good litigators come from all manner of backgrounds and practice settings.

But the best litigators I know share certain traits in common. If you follow some or all of these traits in your practice, then you are on my list of best lawyers, or you are well on your way.

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