Another AVVO Review

We just received notice from the website directory of attorneys of the following client review. Follow this link for the full review, other reviews, and an explanation of the website’s review process. While the outcome of each case turns on the particular facts and client involved, our goal is to leave everyone as pleased as this client:

Overall rating Excellent
Trustworthy Excellent
Responsive Excellent
Knowledgeable Excellent
Kept me informed Excellent
I recommend David Schleicher.
I hired David more than 3 years ago.
David handled my Government matter.
I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

David and his firm have represented me since March 2009, and I’m fortunate and thankful for his expert knowledge of government employee, equal opportunity, and disabled employee rights, laws, and guidelines, as well as his counsel to help me through challenging and difficult law-related times. David is responsive and available, and when we speak and coordinate via email I’m certain that he’s completely focused on me and my needs. I also consider him to be exceedingly fair with his rate structure, and his staff diligently keeps me informed regarding status and cost breakdowns on all matters he works for me. I find him to be empathic while also ensuring I have a realistic view of options for the various situations he’s helped me address – always successfully in my favor. As a long-time federal employee, I never needed a lawyer’s counsel until 2009, and I’m grateful that David and his firm were my first choice, based on a coworker’s recommendation. David and his staff have confirmed my initial impression: he is THE government employee law professional. Look no further; if you need a lawyer on your side, David is the answer.

Biz/Feds: Secrecy and Litigation

Getting sued or about to sue someone else? There is an old saying from the New Testament that often applies: “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”

Put another way, build into your calculation of the value of settlement versus fighting the potential damage from a formerly-closeted skeleton putting on some of your dirty laundry and dancing around in front of a jury.

The rules of evidence are intended to keep unrelated matters from distracting judges and juries. But your opponent’s lawyer is likely to give some thought to how to apply those rules in a way that makes it more likely incriminating facts will be found relevant to what is admitted into evidence.

As well, what you get asked by the other side’s lawyer in a deposition is generally much broader than what eventually is admitted into evidence. Unless a question is being asked to harass you, the fact it is not directly on topic generally is not a valid reason for you refusing to answer it. (Depositions are one of the reasons lawyers aren’t often winners of popularity contests.)

Don’t let a few stupid mistakes you’ve made keep you from pursuing justice—chances are the other side has made some too. But neither should you assume you can guarantee your most serious errors from the past will remain hidden.

Above all, give your lawyer a heads-up about your skeletons—because the more often your lawyer is surprised by what the other side uncovers about you and your claims, the greater the chances you will be surprised by how badly you lose.