By: Mike Pike
I recently witnessed an attorney in court who was inappropriately arguing with and antagonizing the judge in the case. This was not wise on the attorney’s part. A good attorney persuades–they don’t argue with the judge. When you are looking for an attorney, make sure you know how he or she handles himself or herself in and outside of court. Professionalism is of the utmost importance.
An attorney who antagonizes the judge risks mishandling or possibly even losing the case because of his poor courtroom demeanor and people skills. If you get a chance to observe an attorney in action, here are some signs they are professional in the courtroom:
- They are punctual. The court and jury will not appreciate an attorney who is wasting their time. In fact, good attorneys arrive early and are in the courtroom looking ready and confident.
- They are well groomed and well dressed. While it’s true that appearance isn’t everything, it certainly does leave a lasting impression. You want an attorney who appears professional and worth listening to.
- They remain professional at all times. An attorney who appears excessively frustrated, impolite or arrogant risks creating a bad reputation.
- They are confident and respectful in their comments and dealings with court, personnel, other attorneys, and their clients. An attorney’s demeanor can tell you a lot about the type of person they are. One who appears confident, respectful and trustworthy is most likely an attorney you can count on.
The attorneys at Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson and Pike think you should not necessarily pick the first lawyer you meet. Question people in your community or others who have dealt with the potential candidate before you select an attorney. Your legal matters are important, and we want to ensure you know how to pick an attorney who can take care of your situation, whatever it is.
Mike currently is the attorney for the Cities of Radcliff and Vine Grove, advising elected officials, employees, and various city boards on a wide variety of legal matters. A member of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, Hardin County Bar, Meade County Bar, and Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Mike focuses his legal practice on cases concerning personal injury and social security, municipal law, business formation, and estates and probate law. Additionally, Mike oversees the real estate law department for the firm.