Strategies for Fighting Back Against a Rambo Litigator

Margeaux Thomas
Margeaux Thomas
Founder of The Thomas Law Office, PLC

Margeaux Thomas, Founder of The Thomas Law Office, PLC, is passionate about assisting business owners resolve disputes with their partners, clients, and vendors so that they can focus on growing their business, building power and capacity, and fulfilling their mission. Margeaux Thomas has been rated by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star, 2013-2021. She is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Chris Bacon
Chris Bacon
Law Clerk | Thomas Law Office, PLC,

Chris Bacon, Law Clerk at The Thomas Law Office, PLC, is a New York attorney with a background in commercial, business, and real estate litigation as well as in nonprofit management and governance. For the past seven years, she has been a contract author for Thomson Reuters/Westlaw.

On-Demand: May 25, 2021

Strategies for Fighting Back Against a Rambo Litigator
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Program Summary

If you have worked in the legal field for any length of time, you have met one of them – the lawyer who uses scorched-earth tactics, ad hominem attacks, and a needlessly aggressive, rude and unethical approach to legal proceedings. Unfortunately, we are not going to rid the legal profession of these kinds of lawyers anytime soon, but there are some things you can do the next time you find yourself facing off against them in court – virtually or in person.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • The unethical tactics of the “Rambo Litigator”
  • The strategies that will allow you to adapt quickly and effectively in difficult situations with the “Rambo Litigator”
  • The principals of civility that reflect how people view the legal profession

Date / Time: December 28, 2021

  • 2:00 pm – 4:10 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 3:10 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Pacific

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Closed-captioning available

Speakers

D.Margeaux Thomas_myLawCLE SpeakerMargeaux Thomas | Founder of The Thomas Law Office, PLC

Margeaux Thomas, Founder of The Thomas Law Office, PLC, is passionate about assisting business owners resolve disputes with their partners, clients, and vendors so that they can focus on growing their business, building power and capacity, and fulfilling their mission. Margeaux Thomas has been rated by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star, 2013-2021. She is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Ms. Thomas earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Bowling Green State University and her J.D. degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

Chris Bacon_Law Clerk at The Thomas Law Office_PLC_myLawCLEChris Bacon | Law Clerk | Thomas Law Office, PLC,

Chris Bacon, Law Clerk at The Thomas Law Office, PLC, is a New York attorney with a background in commercial, business, and real estate litigation as well as in nonprofit management and governance. For the past seven years, she has been a contract author for Thomson Reuters/Westlaw.

Agenda

Margeaux Thomas
I. Who is Rambo? | 2:00 – 2:20

a. Scorched Earth Litigation Tactics.
b. Disregard for Professional Courtesies and Rules.
c. Disrespectful Correspondence.

II. Adapt Quickly | 2:20 – 2:45

a. Be Brief, Stay Focused.
b. Limit Discussions to the Topic at Hand.
c. Document, Document, Document Everything.
d. Choose Your Battles Wisely.

III. Know Your Opponent | 2:45 – 3:00

a. Look Up the Outcomes of Rambo’s Cases.
b. Speak to Counsel with Rambo Experience.
c. Review Opinions Written by Judges.

Break 3:00 – 3:10

Chris Bacon
IV. Budget Matters | 3:10 – 3:40

a. Set a Pre-case Budget Higher Than Typical.
b. Be Careful with Sanctions Motions.
c. Communicate Effectively and Forecast Roadblocks.

V. Principals of Civility and Ethics | 3:40 – 4:10

a. Putting Civility Back into Civil Litigation.