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The Three Reasons You Do Not Want An “Aggressive” Lawyer to Represent You!

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Dec 06, 2012 | 0 Comments

Florida injury and accident lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD, talks about the three reasons a person may not want an “aggressive” lawyer to represent them.

I was at lunch the other day and this woman asked me to give her the three single words that best describe me as a lawyer in case she had a referral.  I always like referrals so I answered her: (1) assertive; (2) responsive; and (3) loyal.  Her response was, why loyal – how come not aggressive? I answered I would want an assertive lawyer to represent me a 100 times over before I wanted an aggressive lawyer to represent me.  Legal cases are filled with high emotion and aggression has no place in the practice of law.

I answered that assertiveness and loyalty to the client are the best attributes a trial lawyer can have.  These qualities translate into the following:

  • Taking the client's best interests before the lawyer's individual interests or the interests of the firm
  • Fully informing the client about the pros and cons of their case so that they can make an educated decision about their case
  • The lawyer who is upfront with their client and does not tell the client what they think she wants to hear for years and then when push comes to shove – brow beats the client into taking the plea or taking the settlement.

Why a client does not want an “Aggressive Lawyer”

Many lawyers and the public think they want an aggressive lawyer that is why if you open up the yellow pages or watch TV ads the words aggressive is attached to attorney advertising. Webster's defines aggressive as :

  • Tending or exhibiting “aggression”; and marked by obtrusive energy
  • Aggression is defined as a forceful action or procedure as an unprovoked attack; hostile, injurious or destructive behavior
  • Synonyms for Aggressive are belligerent, combative, contentious, defiant, malicious, and militant

Think about how we use “aggressive” in the English language:

  • Mary died because her cancer was aggressive and spread throughout the body
  • That guy is an “aggressive” driver – weaving in and out of traffic
  • Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor was “aggressive”

So the people who want an “aggressive lawyer” to represent them in their case want a lawyer who is hostile, injurious or exhibits destructive behavior?  These characteristics do not work for resolve a legal case.

The average person wants an “Assertive” lawyer representing them.

Webster's defines “assertive” as: “having or showing a bold forcefulness in the pursuit of a goal.”

Synonyms for “assertive” are ambitious, enterprising, and fierce.

Aggressive lawyers do not get anything done because they:

  • Are busy fighting with the other side about everything instead of focusing on the real issues
  • They have burned bridges with a scorched earth mentality
  • Are more worried about their own ego than getting results for their clients

Everybody has to make a decision about what kind of lawyer they want to assist them in their case.  Me personally, I would stay away from the “aggressive” lawyer each and every time.

If you have any questions about a Florida medical malpractice or personal injury matter, you can contact Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD at (352) 267-9168.  

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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