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The Little Foxes in Law

Song of Solomon 2:15 says to catch the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

Bible commentaries explain that foxes love grapes on the vine, and they usually eat them in autumn. More from commentaries in explaining this verse: Foxes do the most damage to grapes when the clusters are young and tender.

That verse can be applied to many things in life. For the purposes of this blog, I look at it as paying attention to the details. Or the details will become bigger and require attention. In the practice of law, it’s knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.

I have heard jury consultants focus on whether to wear cuff links, or what watch to wear, or whether to wear a dark suit. Those might be important but you can’t let the foxes eat the grapes of your case. Failing to pay attention to the details of the case.

Over the last 12 months, I have seen lawyers in the Firm work on some cases that other law firms have rejected or withdrawn because they did not see the probability of recovery. That could be the foxes of laziness, lack of knowledge or even failing to listen to the client.

In the cases taken after other law firms have rejected or withdrawn; many times the witnesses were never interviewed by the previous firms, or insurance coverage was missed by not following up with owners of the cars or members of household who did have coverage. A few of the cases included police officers who investigated the crash and were never interviewed or asked to provide important investigation notes that included witness to the crash.

It’s easy to worry about trying to get more cases instead of focusing on the work that is already here. That is when the foxes eat the grapes.

One celebrity was once asked how he found success in relationships. He said that he realized that he needed to stop focusing on trying to be charming or keeping up some act. Instead, he realized that the key to a good date was to put that all aside and just pay attention to her.

And finally, today is National Coffee Day. Apparently, that means that a lot of coffee shops are giving away free coffee. Starbucks says that for every pound of coffee that we buy, they will buy a tree for a farmer.  Sounds more like National Arbor Day, and I don’t know what that means. I Probably just need another cup of coffee.

And for pic o’ day…


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