THE VALUE OF TEAMWORK ON THE COURT AND IN THE COURTROOM
We may not notice the changing of the seasons much here in San Diego — the only real signs of change are which sports end and which ones begin — so as “winter” turns to spring, you can bet I’ll be watching March Madness. College basketball is actually the only version of the sport I can watch anymore.
star players. So often, it seems like teams just exist to get the ball to their No. 1 player in creative ways. Even the likes of “Dr. J” Erving and Caldwell “Pops” Jones were expected to pass the ball around in the old days. Thankfully, NCAA basketball is still a team sport. You’ve got all these up-and-coming players working together to win, and it shows! Every year during March Madness, there’s an upset of some magnitude. A team from a small school nobody’s heard of can go toe- to-toe with the likes of Michigan State and come out on top. That’s because, on the court, one person’s talent or one school’s resources don’t matter. The only thing that counts is teamwork. The same thing is true in the court of law. While the stakes are much higher for us and our clients, I still think more lawyers could stand to learn a thing or two from college basketball. That’s because lawyers who view themselves as team players rather than stars stand a far better chance of leveraging facts in their favor. That’s why we take a team approach at our law office. My staff and I will sit down with you, get organized, and ensure we’re on the same page. Then we’ll talk strategy. We’ll look at the facts, mull them over, and anticipate what the
other side is going to do. This communication is crucial, because it sets us up for the legal version of a full-court press. In personal injury cases, the defense often likes to paint in broad strokes. They deal in surface-level facts, vague statements, and innuendo to cast doubt on people’s injuries and whether the victim sought sufficient treatment. What my team and I have found is that, by having command of the facts of the case, we can box in these kinds of defenses. That’s the way we like to work — as a team. I’m not here to tell you your case is going to be a slam dunk. No one can guarantee that. What I can say is that we believe in real communication. The greatest basketball teams are the ones who know how to give and go. At least, they used to be. That’s why I find the college games so entertaining. Victory is sweetest when it’s a team effort.
LAWYERS WHO VIEW THEMSELVES AS TEAM PLAYERS RATHER THAN STARS STAND A FAR BETTER CHANCE OF LEVERAGING FACTS IN THEIR FAVOR.
Don’t get me wrong — as a Philly native, I loved watching the 76ers back in the day. The 1977 NBA Finals against the Trailblazers were a roller coaster of high scores and comebacks that almost went to Game 7. While it was ultimately a heartbreaking loss for Philly, I still look back on those six games as part of the golden era of NBA play. Nowadays, I don’t even watch when the 76ers are in the playoffs. It’s just not as exciting, because for one reason or another, basketball at the pro level has become hyperfocused on
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