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A Lawyer’s Tips on Negotiating for Dummies and Congressional Republicans

Tekov Yahoser Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 1:18 PM
I recently had a civil case negotiation that was gridlocked until I stood up from the table and said, "We'll take our chances in front of the judge." No sooner had I left the room than they capitulated to our position. PS: I actually did not want to go in front of the judge as our position had the possibility of getting awarded nothing but they were vulnerable to getting socked with far more than I was asking for. The best negotiating device is to not negotiate and appear unreasonable.
Kibitzer Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 3:04 PM
The problem here is that Obama already has what he wants and has nothing to loose by not negotiating in good faith. Default result is tax rate increases for all taxpayers.
Somewhere, there’s a whiplash lawyer who runs his law office out of a van down by the river who watches the congressional Republicans attempt to negotiate the fiscal cliff crisis and has to turn his head away. John Boehner and his inept coterie of GOP establishment cronies have made every mistake in the book. It’s professionally embarrassing.

Frankly, if these hacks were my associates, they’d be on a street corner with signs reading “Will litigate for food.”

Congress is famously full of lawyers, but what people don’t understand is that it is really full of bad lawyers. Good...