JASON W. ANDERSON | LINDA B. CLAPHAM*
MICHAEL B. KING*° | JAMES E. LOBSENZ*°
GREGORY M. MILLER* | GEORGE C. MASTRODONATO
JUSTIN P. WADE
OVER 450 CASES ARGUED ON THE MERITS
C: 0 M: 0 Y: 0 K: 0
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R: 255 G: 255 B: 255
°Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
*Founding Members, Washington Appellate Lawyers Association
several years later worse off than before.
But the client whose feelings are not
spared the blunt reality of her legal position is more likely saved from possibly
expensive legal bills and little prospects
for a return. In my experience, clients
respect that type of honesty and I imagine they are more likely to feel that “my
attorney has my back,” and that the judicial branch does more good than harm.
And that client who’s afforded an honest
opinion, without sugarcoating, is also
more likely to use her attorney again in
the future, and likely to recommend the
attorney to business colleagues, friends,
and family members.
When contemplating honesty and its
paramount role in the legal profession,
lawyers are apt to recall words written by
Albert Einstein in an unfinished speech
marking Israel’s Independence Day.
Commenting on the conflict between
Israel and Egypt, Einstein wrote: “In matters of truth and justice there can be no
distinction between big problems and
small . . . Whoever is careless with the
truth in small matters cannot be trusted
in important affairs . . .” We are apt to conclude that in our profession no legal matter is too small for the truth, and those
attorneys who are most honest are the
same attorneys who can be most trusted
in important affairs. NWL
Renée McFarland lives
Terrace and is
a member of
the WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee. She can
be reached at
is an attorney
with McDoug-ald & Cohen,
PS, in Seattle.
He can be
206-448-4800. WSBA Commu-
nications Specialist Stephanie
Perry edits this column.