September 12, 2012 Articles

How to Deal with Difficult and More Senior Opposing Counsel

Attorneys offer valuable tips for managing difficult personalities, handling stereotyping, and maintaining credibility in your litigation practice.

By Stephanie McCoy Loquvam

On May 17, 2012, the Young Advocates Committee presented “Tips and Insights to Successfully Deal with Difficult and More Senior Opposing Counsel,” the committee’s third call-in program of the year. The attorney panel featured Amanda Bonn, Susman Godfrey, LLP (Los Angeles, CA); Padraic Foran, Irell & Manella, LLP (Los Angeles, CA); and Christina Liu, Andrew M. Hale & Associates (Chicago, IL). The panelists shared their own experiences and presented valuable perspectives and tips for managing difficult personalities, handling stereotyping, and maintaining credibility in your litigation practice. While this program was geared toward dealing with difficult counsel in the context of litigation, the panelists raised key points that may be valuable when dealing with difficult personalities in general. Key tips and takeaways from the program include the following:

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