How Do You Decide Whether to Take a Case?

Aug 05, 2015

Taking a Legal Case

When I started practicing, I took a case based upon the likelihood that it would go to trial. All I wanted to do was try jury trials. Over time, that has changed.

Now, before bringing on a new client, I sit down with that person or group to discuss their current legal situation and future needs. I want to develop a long-term relationship with my clients so it is important that we are a "good fit." If I believe that we can provide zealous representation based on their specific legal need and are a good fit, I will agree to represent that individual or business as a client. If I don't think we are a good fit, I will refer the prospective client to another lawyer who can help.

Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Media Law. The class covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy.

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