Associate Life

Aaron Thompson


September 26, 2012 4:21 PM | Permalink | Print

WilmerHale is filled with nice and reasonable people. Of course, some may wonder, if you are litigating and, in essence, in an all-out battle with the other side, why would you want to be a nice attorney, and who would want to hire a nice attorney. Wouldn’t you want to develop a Spartan warrior persona?

There are a number of reasons. First, on a day-to-day basis, litigation is not decided by an all-out fight in front of a judge. Instead, you have to work with opposing counsel on numerous issues. It is much easier to work out those issues when you are acting reasonably. When one of those issues finally arrives in front of the judge, you want to have a reputation for being the reasonable party.

Second, clients want to have good relationships with their outside counsel. The reality is that clients often choose their outside counsel based on whether they want to work with that person. Operating as a kind person, with integrity, builds those relationships.

Finally, no one should mistake niceness with meekness. It is entirely possible to take firm positions, and also act reasonably.

In short, for good reasons, litigating with integrity is a key focus at WilmerHale.