Civility is Good Business

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By Mark G. Honeywell

...Civility towards your opponent should be a primary goal in your practice. Some clients may erroneously believe that they need a “junk-yard dog” for a lawyer, and that a spirit of cooperation and professionalism is a sign of weakness. Lawyers should educate those clients that applying the golden rule of litigation is not equivalent to weakness, and can, in fact, be more effective...

About the Author

Mark Honeywell received his juris doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 1968, where he served on the Law Review. He clerked for the Washington Supreme Court for a year before joining the firm now known as Gordon Thomas Honeywell, where he was a partner for over 40 years. Mr. Honeywell was the recipient of the Washington State Bar Association’s 1993 Professionalism Award and co-author of the Professional Responsibility and Professional and Civil Litigation section of the 1992 Washington Civil Procedure Desk Book. He has recently terminated his litigation practice and partnership in the law firm to devote full time to mediating and arbitrating civil cases.