Art2Jan2013Many clients express the frustration that the attorney does not seem to be committed to the case.  Sure, they make the proper filings and arguments, etc., but the passion clients expect many times is simply not there. Clients tell us, “I want him (or her) to represent me as if he were going to suffer the same heart break and financial loss or was going to jail if the case was lost.”  Too often the clients come away disappointed and with the impression that their attorney has simply made a donation to their case.

Let’s look at this from an attorney’s perspective. Attorneys are often given the facts of an investigation from a respected investigative agency.  It is difficult to refute these facts and nearly impossible to argue against the investigator’s conclusions unless the attorney brings in a qualified investigator with the experience and ability to examine the case and find errors in the initial investigation or additional evidence to bring up at a hearing.  Most attorneys don’t do this, but they should. Such analysis renders the attorney confidence in his client’s role in the case and increases the attorney’s faith in the theory of his case.  Nothing is more compelling than one who argues with conviction.

Commitment:  Commitment is best described by a metaphor. In a breakfast consisting of ham and eggs the pig makes a commitment while the chicken makes a donation.  Applying this to a case, are you or I making a commitment or a donation to our client’s case?

To enhance one’s commitment one must become involved in the case.  It must be a part of him.  Every good investigator knows far more about the cases he investigates than what he reports. He examines the scene, where he develops empathy for the victim after seeing the trauma that occurred.  In homicide cases the victim and circumstances are never forgotten.  I can still vividly recall each homicide victim, and there is one I still pray for.

By closely examining the facts of the case, reviewing the reports, re-interviewing witnesses and developing additional evidence, the attorney can have a stronger sense of his client’s guilt or innocence; her culpability or responsibility for wrongs alleged; their initiation of wrong doing.  Having a better understanding of the facts of the case enables an attorney to fully commit to his representation of a client, because his theory of the case is sound and based on fact.  This will result in more persuasive discussions in pretrial motions, a deeper understanding of the facts of the case for better cross examinations, and an ability to find fault and point out conclusions offered by the other attorney.

This change in philosophy and approach can translate to a more efficient and effective way of representing your and my clients, which can provide them with better outcomes and more value.

To add additional value to your law firm team up with Cadfael Investigative Group. Call us today at (763) 694-6086 to see if we are a good fit for your firm.

--Cadfael.