Tips from the Practitioners Series: Professional Etiquette in Civil Litigation

By Scott T. Redman, L’82
Law Office of Scott T. Redman

A crucial part of your effectiveness as a lawyer is your relationship with others in the litigation process. The most effective attorneys share the common trait of respect and cordiality.  A few tips to cultivate that reputation:

  1.  Almost always grant extensions of time.  Case resolution rarely if ever hinges on strict adherence to time deadlines.
  2. Always take the high road.   It will be remembered.
  3. Zealous representation with courtesy and civility is respected.
  4. Respect your office staff and court personnel who are critical to getting things done.

Your goal is to achieve the best possible and cost effective result for your client.  A reputation for courtesy and respect will foster that end and a solid foundation for a long and prosperous legal career.


This series is written by members of the Career/Employment Committee of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association with the intent to provide helpful job search tips and suggestions for students and alumni.

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