How to Deal with Difficult Opposing Counsel

Ted Hirt

Lawyers pride themselves as professionals and as officers of the court. But the ideals that motivate us to practice law often confront the reality of human nature. Too often, our dealings with other lawyers are difficult, or outright hostile. For public sector lawyers, these problems are even more pronounced if our clients are in the spotlight of the media.

This article offers some tips to consider when you encounter difficult opposing counsel. After many years of practice, I learned that sometimes a situation with a particularly unpleasant person cannot be improved. However, for most encounters, these strategies provide a road map for ensuring a professional relationship.

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