How hard is it to predict the path of a hurricane?
We have computer models. We have Satellite 4000 Radar Plus scanning the skies. We have people with Ph.D.’s and wind sensors and thermometers and atmospheric pressure sensors and still, no one can tell you where this storm is going to land.
A hurricane was heading our way a couple of weeks ago, Dorian. Every news channel had 9 different “models” showing the storm heading in nine different directions.
Or, as Yogi Berra would say, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
And yet, many folks want to know what’s going to happen if they lose at trial. I would want to know this if I was accused of a crime. And, I want to answer this question. I’m tempted to answer this question. Some lawyer marketing people insist that the amount of confidence I exude when I answer this question may determine whether or not I get hired.
If you ask me what’s going to happen if you lose at trial, here’s my first question.
Who is your judge?
As the saying goes, a good lawyer knows the law but a great lawyer knows the judge. Continue Reading