PLAINTIFFS' LAWYERS: HEROES, CADS, OR SOMETHING IN BETWEEN? . . . I admit to being puzzled by some comments at Eric Goldman's weblog. Goldman is an Assistant Professor at Marquette University Law School, and he doesn't think too highly of the ethics of plaintiffs' lawyers, judging by his comments to his post about NBC's now-cancelled reality show The Law Firm.
In the comments, Goldman writes about his interaction with plaintiffs' lawyers at a former job: "When we ran into 'pure' plaintiff's lawyers, some of these lawyers would seem to have no regard for the facts or the law." Goldman summarizes the thinking of a typical plaintiffs' lawyer like this: "Facts? Law? Bah! Injured party = CASH. Now go get it."
Fair? I don't think so. Although I don't think every plaintiffs' lawyer is a hero, either--cf. "Personal injury lawyers defend the 'little guy'," from the Puget Sound Business Journal--the overgeneralizing that goes on so much these days is typical of a sort of lazy thinking that permeates most political discourse, even among law professors.