Monday, February 26, 2007
On the way to looking something up, I passed through Gerry Spence's web site. The site says this: "He has never lost a
criminal case. He has not lost a civil case since 1969. He has had more
multi-million dollar verdicts without an intervening loss than any
lawyer in America." I take the factual claims at face value and do not dispute them. But what does it mean? When I was in litigation practice, the claim that you never lost a trial might actually mean you were settling too many cases too cheaply; that is, you were only trying the lay-down hands.
Or is it an aspect of the coordination function for great cases that I mentioned regarding David Berger?
Or is he just that good?
I can't tell. I do think he's entertaining as hell, and charming as anything. I was sitting in the back of the courtroom in the U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1986, and he came in, sat down across the center aisle from me, and when he caught me in the act of staring at him, gave me a big wink and a smile.