One of the most hackneyed lawyer advertising slogans is the overused ‘hired gun‘ trope: “I will fight for you.”
And of course, it’s a favorite slogan of divorce lawyers and the criminal defense bar.
No doubt, some lawyers think clients want feistiness. And I’ll admit some clients do want combat-inclined representation, especially when they’re not paying for it.
There’s at least one trial lawyer who pokes fun at such alleged pugnacity and “I will fight for you” proclamations. He asks, “do lawyers actually fight?”
Well yes, sometimes they literally do, especially among themselves. Earlier this year, two lawyers mixed it up at the Marion County, West Virginia Courthouse. One of them ended up in the hospital with two broken orbital (eye) sockets and a skull fracture. Predictably, a lawsuit followed.
And two months ago in Pakistan, stick-wielding, black-coated lawyers, “members of a revered and educated segmented of society,“ took to beating passers-by and vandalizing cars following a brawl with political opponents.
Old guy throw-down.
But then comes the latest lawyer-involved fracas. It’s a road-rage case caught on tape involving a long-time California attorney now charged with punching another motorist. The angry confrontation may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but as these things usually turn out — maybe not.
Attorney Randalf Kinkaid allegedly slugged another driver last Monday night on Burbank Boulevard in the Los Angeles, California suburb of Van Nuys. No one knows yet what set things off. But anyone who’s ever driven in L.A. traffic knows it doesn’t take much.
“You don’t normally see two older guys in ties having a street fight,” said Jessica Breuer, the witness who caught it all on her cellphone camera and preserved it for news and social media posterity.
Photo Credits: Blow2.jpg at Wikipedia, from Edmund Price’s The Science of Self Defense: A Treatise on Sparring and Wrestling, 1867, in the public domain because its copyright has expired in the United States and those countries with a copyright term of no more than the life of the author plus 100 years; “Day 23,” by Okko Pyykkö, at Flickr via Creative Commons-license requiring attribution; “road rage fist,” by beelgin at Flickr via Creative Commons-license requiring attribution.