As lawyers, the business model is fairly simple: We sell our time, multiplied by our hourly rates.
This creates a huge disconnect between clients and lawyers. All clients want their matters resolved in their favor, but also quickly, smartly, and cost-efficiently (that’s a nice way to say for as little legal fees as possible). On the other hand, the lawyer-industrial-complex wants lawyers to ponder, research, litigate, bill, examine, depose, etc. (i.e. for as many billable hours as possible).
First off, run away from lawyers like that.
Second, if you’re a lawyer and want clients to be happy, you should read this new Tennessee Court of Appeals opinion, which discusses the concept of res judicata. That’s a doctrine that allows parties to avoid unnecessary, duplicative litigation, when the issues have already been decided by a court.
The facts aren’t that important, so I’ll just focus on the legal discussion. The Court wrote: Continue reading “New Court of Appeals Opinion provides good statement of doctrine of Res Judicata”