The Sin of Self-Persuasion

James W. McElhaney

Reprinted with permission from McElhaney’s Litigation, Volume IIavailable for purchase from the ABA Web Store. ©2015 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Nick Wheeler stopped Angus and me outside The Donut Hole, across the street from the Court of Common Pleas.

“I need help,” he said.

“What’s the problem?” said Angus.

“I’m trapped in a bad case that keeps getting worse, and I want out,” said Nick. “I agreed to help Mike and Ellen Pollock try a patent infringement suit they’ve got on a contingent fee. It may be worth as much as $150 million or $200 million if it’s tried right, but the way the Pollocks are approaching it, they’ll be lucky to get anything.”

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