Monochromatic Oeuvre wrote:
los blancos wrote:And just lol @ "I hired a $1200/hr guy, don't blame me if shit hits the fan!" having *value*.
The fact that clients suffer from (a) principal/agent issues and (b) idiocy is not our problem. We sell, they buy. Sometimes it's legit, sometimes it's just milking a name.
Who cares? Law schools scam lawyers, lawyers scam corporations, and corporations, with the help of lawyers, scam everyone. Just be happy that the economy is structured in a way that moving commas counts as a "skill."
This is sort of the conclusion I've come to as a plaintiffs lawyer. There's absolutely nobody in my area that does what I do, so I get my pick of cases, and I don't have to milk frivolous ones. So I'd like to think that I'm bringing legitimate cases for their justice value. But even the marginal ones, I don't really care, because most businesses make their money these days by scamming people, too. Do I have any qualms about suing AT&T? Hell no. Their business model is basically white collar crime. They started taking out these Facebook ads a few months ago, saying "what you see is what you get" regarding your bill, but basically 100% of people I know who use them for Internet have gotten repeatedly over-billed. The funny thing is that you can comment on the Facebook ads, and within an hour and a half, they are filled with about 500 comments about consumers who got fraudulently over-billed every single month.
I also have no qualms at all about suing hospitals. If they get to bill $25 for a Band-Aid and $15 for one Tylenol pill, and cause everyone's insurance rates to go up as a result, I get to extract capital from them and distribute it to the poor guilt-free.
The way I see it, lawyers (defense attorneys included) are just a private form of wealth redistribution. It's good, though, because it creates income for downtown landlords, jobs for secretaries and paralegals, creates income for the Post Office, and companies like Xerox and document shredding services, etc. But that's why I don't really hate defense attorneys, either. I'm fine with them submitting whatever frivolous motions they've talked their client into paying for. They gotta make their money, too.
I'd say at least 80% of who's going to eventually win or not is done by the plaintiff's attorney at the case screening stage (or at least should be). Paying crazy hourly rates to defend a case where you are definitely guilty no matter who represents you is on the client. So be it.