Yesterday an attorney with whom I had worked for several months to resolve a case, told me he had enjoyed working with me and thanked me for my “professionalism.” While it felt great to receive (and return) the compliment, it also made me a little sad that this type of camaraderie between attorneys has become rare. Treating other parties and attorneys with respect, being polite, and being straightforward with them, are what we, as attorneys, are supposed to do. Yet, sometimes attorneys are arrogant, distrustful, and lack candor. I think they confuse being rude with being an effective advocate for their client.
My experience has been that developing a good working relationship with the other attorneys involved in a case is greatly beneficial to the client, and it enables me to better explore ways of resolving issues in the case, and to manage the case in a more cost-effective manner. Plus, that relationship will be beneficial to future clients when that same attorney and I are involved in another case.