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This morning I went to Small Claims Court against an attorney. He repeatedly yelled objection on the basis of leading the witness. I was completing my cross. The judge overruled the objection each time. Eventually the judge stopped and asked him, "Mr. ..., where did you attend law school?" 😬 Afterwards he made snide remarks at me about how much time he cost my client in the court room. How do you deal with such unethical, pretentious, assholes like this all the time?!

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The best revenge is living well. It's obvious your opponent is a putz. Ignore him. When he starts conflicts, defeat them thoroughly. When he loses the case, thank him for his time, politely asking when is going to pay, and when he doesn't, levy against his business account.

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You eventually become numb to that kind of behavior. At least I did. Whenever someone starts mouthing off I think about other things like my grocery list, what could my dog be up to right now, etc.

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Wait... your title says paralegal-- and you were cross examining? Where are you? What state allows this? I want to know all the things!

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I'm in Ontario too! The lawyers here are absolutely psychos for the most part. I'm originally from Florida and the behaviour of counsel here is absolutely outrageous compared to what I've seen in my 10 plus year career in Florida. I've probably been to court 1500 times in Florida. Ontario, particularly the GTA, has some despicable lawyers

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What state are you in? I’m helping a friend with a small claims matter but it’s pretty clear that I cannot represent him. Obviously I can help on anything else though.

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I'm currently a licensed paralegal in Canada. Wish I could of more help.

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I don’t know what jurisdiction you’re in, but I’ve never heard of an objection of “leading the witness” to work on cross by a witness the other side called. You could always channel your inner Miranda Priestly and calmly tell the judge: “An objection to leading on cross to a witness he called…I just don’t understand…”

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The paralegal is in Ontario. As someome who has practiced in the States and Ontario, I'll tell you "dirty pool" is just "pool" here and the conduct of lawyers in general is despicable

People who take this tactic (usually men in my experience) lack the expertise to handle matters civilly. When a judge is ruling against the jerk, I try to stay calm and possibly privately laugh. Obviously, the attorney is very threatened by you and you should take the obnoxious behavior as a huge compliment. He cost his client much more than your client (since you are billing at paralegal rates) -- or he wasted his own time if he was representing himself (I don't know about Canadian small claims representation rules). File the experience away in your memory as a huge victory against an asshole. That's where I have stored my unethical asshole memories!

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Wait until you are against a litigator who follows the Retile Mind.

I’d ask him where he said he went to law school again. 😉

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