Tale No. 19 You worry about trusting opposing counsel (that snake) ... 

but sometimes you can’t trust your own client! 

 A number of years ago your editor was representing the plaintiff in a dispute over an alleged theft of the plaintiff’s personal property by the defendant. During a break in the plaintiff’s deposition which was being taken in the defendant’s conference room (defense counsel was in-house had his office on the client’s premises) the client took your editor outside for a conference – advising that the conference room was bugged and the attorney would listen in to our conversation.

 In another case, your editor’s client was involved in a contract dispute. The client called your editor to advise he was taking the contract to the opposing party, who was also represented by an attorney, to have him sign it. The client called later that same day to say that the contract was signed. That case eventually resolved… but the client was not satisfied with the result and sued his attorney for professional malpractice, specifically unauthorized contact with a represented party! The defense to the claim rested on your editor’s notes of the client’s calls - advising he had taken the contract to the other party and persuaded him to sign it.