• Alan Jacobs

Saying Goodbye to the Courtroom


In this article from the Boston Globe, David A. Hoffman writes why, after 31 years as a courtroom lawyer, he has decided to walk away from litigation.

"I have been mulling this decision for many years, primarily because of my disgruntlement — and my clients’ disgruntlement — over the costs, delays, and the sheer unpredictability of courtroom battle.

"It was not an easy decision. To be completely blunt, litigation is lucrative, even if it is sometimes ruinously expensive for clients. But our society also needs peacemakers, and many lawyers are now turning to mediation and collaborative law as part of their practice. Mediation is now taught at almost every law school.

"And so, three months ago, I turned my back on courtroom battle and began pursuing peacemaking as my full-time job. Since that time, each of my cases — whether I am serving as a mediator or as a collaborative law attorney helping my clients settle their conflict — casts me in the role of a dispute resolver."

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