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No Way, Jose

I mentioned yesterday that I would never enter into another transaction with the Friday Afternoon Drama Queen I am dealing with now.  Though earning a living is truly important, there are less than a handful of attorneys I will never willingly deal with again in an effort to prolong my life expectancy and reduce my anxiety.

There’s the woman who is exceeding snide, rude, and has a reputation for busting every first deal her firm gets (they represent unions and get paid a low fee to do each deal, so if they scuttle the first one they’ll get twice the fee from the union).  The joke I overheard at a Bar Association function was “What’s the difference between a good deal and no deal?”  The punch line was her name!

Then there’s the man who feels he needs to gain an advantage over the other counsel involved even in the most friendly of real estate transactions.  So he’ll try to trip you up at every turn, starting with correcting grammar and analyzing your tone of voice.  I know it’s a psychological tool to try and put his opposition at a mental disadvantage, but most real estate deals don’t pit attorneys as adversaries.  We have individual clients to protect, sure, but we are both on the same track towards closing, rather than each side trying to prove the other wrong.  In other words, we both "win" for our clients if we have a successful closing!

Then there’s the sexist guy who really is hostile towards women in the field of law.  I had a deal with him I’ve previously blogged about, and I don’t ever want to be on the receiving end of the macho manure he flings.

So now I have four names on my “no way, Jose” list.


My latest Huffington Post entry:  My Message To Tom Brokaw: We're New Yorkers & We'll Whine If We Want To!


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Jun. 4th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
My lawyer to avoid makes a mountain out of every molehill, and repeats everything you say or write to him. On our third deal together it was all I could do to not scream "shut up!" or delete every e-mail without reading. When he said "see you soon" at our last closing, I silently swore he would not.
Jun. 4th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I had a client like that--he made me crazy, repeating, reinterpreting, and then misrepresenting everything I said. I didn't accept his repeat business as I would have lost money on psychotherapy.
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