561.671.5995 | 954.272.6187 | www.matthewkoneckypa.com 110 SE 6th Street, Suite 1700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 4440 PGA Blvd, Suite 600, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Growing With Change and Challenges A s we start a new year, people are thinking about their resolutions. It’s the perfect season for finding a new direction. Most are setting goals and considering the future during this time of change. At the firm, we are no different. Following the November election cycle, we are seeing a lot of judiciary movement throughout Florida. New judges and appointees are entering the scene, and many judges are moving from the criminal bench to the civil one. Similar stories are playing out in states all over the country. From the perspective of an attorney, this kind of change can be a big challenge as we work through cases with judges and the court system at large. Over time, we get to know a judge’s personality, their court structure, and how they like to do things. In criminal law, this familiarity can be crucial. When we know how a judge hands down sentences, we can occasionally use that insight to the advantage of our clients. It becomes part of the strategy. Given all the judicial shifts in the new year, we have to start over on the ground floor. Already, we’re learning a lot about how new judges prefer to do things. We’ve had some case-management instruction, and it looks like we might be seeing some judges treat criminal cases like civil ones. When it comes to change, I am generally in favor of it. However, in this type of situation, you’re typically better off with the devil you know than with the one you don’t.
Of course, it’s still early in the year to predict whether this change is ultimately a bad or good one. For now, we’ll consider it a challenge which may very well affect how we work with clients and strategize for court. But it’s my belief that you can’t grow without challenging yourself. Starting off 2019 with a hurdle like this one is a great way to set up the rest of year. I know I’m going to learn a lot in the coming months, and that awareness keeps me on my toes! One aspect that will remain the same, however, is our overall approach to working with our clients. Since the day we opened, we have prided ourselves on being transparent with clients. We share as much information with each client about their case as possible — including knowledge about the judge we may be working with on their case. There may be a few adjustments here and there as we adapt to the new judicial scene, but our clients will still be able to rely on our transparency. I look ahead to the new year with optimism. I’m excited to learn more about judges I haven’t previously worked with in the past, and I’m ecstatic to see where this year takes the firm. It’s going to be a busy one, for sure.
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