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    Posted by Prof. Hardy Parkerson (J.D.) on 9/30/11

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    Losing the Big Ones

    Most lawyers brag about the big cases they have won. I brag
    about the big ones I have lost. I hold the world's indoor
    record for losing the big ones. I have been beaten many
    times before a jury, but never by a bad lawyer. Always by
    the best. Shall I name a few of them? Ed Rundell, of
    Alexandria, LA, who not only has a law degree, but a Ph.D.
    from Texas University in Austin. How about Andy Plauche,
    now of New Orleans, and Stephen Berniard, still of Lake
    Charles? And Reid Hebert, now deceased? Reid beat me many
    times, but I always kept coming back. I swore I'd beat him,
    but he died before I could. One day after I had lost a hard-
    fought civil jury trial to the great insurance defense
    lawyer Stephen Barniard of Lake Charles, one that I did not
    think could be lost; I was defeated, dejected, down and
    depressed; and I returned to my office on a Thursday
    afternoon after the verdict had come in against me and my
    client. I wondered why I had even entered the law, and I am
    sure I thought about just quitting it. Just a few minutes
    after I had arrived back at my office, the phone rang. It
    was Stephen Berniard on the phone. "Hardy," he said, "Pull
    out old So-And-So's file, and let's see if we can settle
    it!" I said, "Steve, why do you want to settle a case with
    me? You beat me every time we go to court." "Yes, yes," he
    said, "I know! I know! But your luck's gotta change. I
    don't want to be on the other side when it does." There is
    something to be said for trying civil and criminal jury
    cases, even if you lose. The word gets around that you are
    not afraid to go to trial and that you are not afraid of a
    jury. This will ultimately result in more and better
    settlement offers. Also, there is no better place to learn
    law and evidence and trial procedure and practice than by
    preparing for and trying jury cases to verdict. EXPERIENTIA
    STULTOS DOCET (Experience teaches even fools.) There is
    more to it all than this, but this is something for an
    aspiring trial lawyer to think about.

    Sincerely, Hardy Parkerson,
    Retired Attorney; Lake Charles, LA

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