Litigator’s Motto: Have a Plan

Munger Tolles partner Brad D. Brian’s article on strategic objectives in litigation was published in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers.

The article, “The Importance of a Plan in Litigation,” offers suggestions for how to streamline litigation, reduce costs and accelerate time to trial or settlement.

A major problem, says Mr. Brian, is that too few litigators actually try cases: “Until you try cases, it is hard to see what you need to do to win; and if you don’t know what you need to win, it is hard to devise a plan to get there.”

Analogizing litigation to camping, Mr. Brian explains: “The first time I went on a camping trip, I took far more gear than I needed … On my next trip, I took a lot less. Too many lawyers litigate cases as if they’re on their first camping trip. They don’t know what they need, so they play it safe by covering every possible base. … Costs skyrocket.”

Mr. Brian specializes in complex civil and criminal litigation and has earned a reputation as one of the premier trial attorneys in the United States.
 
To read the full article, view the following PDF: The Importance of a Plan in Litigation.pdf