One of our favorite war stories harkens back to the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s. As outside litigation counsel for the FSLIC on matters of professional responsibility, we identified claims against major law firms. When we sought to settle without filing suit, the first of the firms we targeted threatened to put a hundred lawyers to work against us if we had the audacity to take them on. Undeterred, our client authorized us to sue anyway. Predictably, the first counterattack from the defendant was a massive motion for summary judgment. We crafted a reply that was so artful that the defendants actually withdrew their motion rather than risk the humiliation of a defeat. The litigation was ultimately settled favorably for our client.

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