Monday, September 26, 2011

Court Appearance or Wrestling Pay Per View?

It's been a crazy few weeks as things are starting to get busy here at the firm.  It's been nice to see an uptick in business after Labor Day, but with that also comes a bit of the absurd.

Exhibit A for the fall was last week's court appearance.  I appeared with my client in court and the opposing client showed up without their attorney, who was actually engaged in another matter apparently.  Despite being represented by counsel, the opposing client took it upon themselves to begin to verbally berate me and my client for showing up when their attorney would not be present.  The irony of this position being that if we had not appeared, the opposing client would have taken the opportunity to request a default against my client.

Even after I advised the opposing client that I would not speak to them because they were represented, they continued to harang me outside the courtroom, including claiming that they had called me the prior day to tell me not to show up (which they had not done).  When I offered to check my call log, the opposing client became even angrier and changed their claim that their attorney had called and I had been rude to them.  I guess I was rude in the sense that I was in a meeting when the other attorney called and the call went to voicemail.

After we were finally called by the court, the court simply adjourned the matter and put it on for a hearing in the future.  My client and I left and proceeded with our respective days.  The next morning, I received an email from the opposing client (the downside of having your email listed on your website I guess) claiming that I had hit them with a chair and that they would be filing a report against me.  Supposedly, in front of a judge, her clerk and a court officer, I summoned my inner Hulk Hogan and grabbed a chair and attacked the opposing client.  But for reasons unbeknownst to anyone, nobody did a thing about it and let me swing the chair around like I was at Wrestlemania.

I guess it's just part of the joys of dealing with an opposing client who has mental health issues that remain untreated.

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