Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Litigious Man

Several years ago we cross-examined at deposition a wealthy man who woke up every morning afraid he would be poor by sundown.  He took litigious vengeance against any man who got in his way.  In one case he had lost in the trial court, the court of appeals, and the state supreme trying to evict a Mom & Pop business from one of his properties.  He had worn out some of the best lawyers in town, and most of those had worked for him.  

He was every defendant's nightmare: an intelligent, deep-pocketed opponent with a fear of poverty.  An inside source told us that he remembered the details of every business deal he'd ever made, but when we questioned him, he claimed he could not remember anything.  The day was a lesson in human behavior and conflict.  

I described him to my daughter as an example of what you do not want to be when you grow up.