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Litigation - Insult to Injury: What Judges and Lawyers Know About the Legal System that You Don't Paperback – December 19, 2013
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About the Author
Janet E. Sobel has been a lawyer in San Diego, California, since 1983. She graduated in the top 10% of her class at the top- rated U.C.L.A. School of Law. She began her career at a large law firm, then moved to a mid-sized firm, and then to a two-person litigation practice. Her practice focused on representing individuals and small business owners in a variety of business, personal, real estate, insurance, contract, and legal malpractice disputes. After litigating for 18 years, she became disheartened, left the traditional law practice and created one that focused on trying to find pre-litigation solutions for her clients, helping them when she could and pointing them to a good litigator when she couldn’t. Ms. Sobel did a lot of things before becoming a lawyer, including teaching elementary school, being a mother to her two children, serving as an elected member of the Clark County (Las Vegas) School Board, becoming licensed as a real estate agent in Nevada.
Always one to express her views, Ms. Sobel was a championship debater in college, and a member of the top Moot Court team at U.C.L.A. Law School. She handled jury trials and appeals when she was actively litigating. After she began her non- traditional “counseling at law” practice, she earned a credential as a mediator through the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego.
Like Ms. Sobel, Ms. Cartwright was a litigator in both large and small firms, but ultimately found the practice of law a poor match for her interest in helping individuals. Ms. Cartwright graduated in the top 10% of her class at Tulane Law School and joined a national law firm in its San Diego office. Looking for a change from the impersonality of large-firm practice, she founded a firm with her husband, representing consumers and small businesses, and later transitioned to career advising at University of San Diego School of Law, still maintaining her practice and working on a freelance basis for other attorneys. In 2009 she was named a “Top Attorney” by the San Diego Daily Transcript.
In 2010, Ms. Cartwright returned to New Orleans to participate in the revitalization of the city after the levy failures following Hurricane Katrina. When not restoring a 150+ year-old house in the Central City neighborhood, she works as an adjunct professor and career consultant at Tulane University.
Top Customer Reviews
It was very interesting to read in the first chapter that most lawyers don't really know the ethics of the field. So it is even more important that law clients know the ethics and see if their lawyers know it, too. Janet gives practical questions to ask lawyers before deciding to hire them for your project, or whether you even should hire a lawyer. She guides you in the agreement you have with your lawyer, and key points to keep in mind for all contracts.
I firmly believe that every lawyer should read this book, especially new lawyers, or people interested in going into law. It helps to have your eyes wide open. Experienced lawyers will also learn from her intelligent synthesis based on her experience.
Others who should read this book include all who have professional liability insurance, all who contemplate bringing a lawsuit against anyone (the results are not guaranteed no matter how good your case appears to be), and all who believe in justice. Janet points out that if less people tax the legal system, and solve problems out of court (through alternative dispute resolution methods), the better the chance the legal system has of working properly, as it was ideally intended.
Janet Sobel conveys solid ethics herself.Read more ›
This well-researched and documented story of justice is a must-have for anyone contemplating litigation. It is a both cautionary tale and a gold mine of information.
How can their be so much injustice, and so many people looking for attorneys, but so many attorneys looking for work?
As a leader of the "Counselor At Law" movement, Janet has created a new (or revised an old) area of practice, which provides an important opportunity for both attorneys and potential clients. If you read this book, you may be able to use it to either better represent yourself, or find a limited scope attorney who will not replace you as attorney of record on your case, but will work as a "Counselor At Law" to help you better understand your legal options, and proceed accordingly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was referred to this book by my Insurance agent. I am embroiled in a civil business contract dispute. Read morePublished 9 months ago by San Diego, Ca
Janet Sobel’s book demonstrates a true intent to help those in trouble with her honest, easy to understand, valuable dispute lessons, and a broad audience would only benefit from... Read morePublished 23 months ago by TeamSiebs
As an attorney, I wish that all my clients could have read this book before they needed legal assistance. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by janice
As a new attorney, I found Litigation – Insult to Injury to be an invaluable resource. The book takes a critical look at the legal profession and advises consumers and legal... Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Dawn
Anyone thinking of filing a civil law suit should first read Janet Sobel's Litigation--Insult to Injury and then think again. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Ron