October 27, 2014
Is there some special bone or some particular gene in the bodies of PI lawyers that makes them do what they do? We don’t know, but if you had to ask us they all seem to share a strangely reoccurring malady, ADHD. We don’t presume to be anything more than an amateur psychologist in this diagnosis, but all the symptoms seem to fit.
In the universe that is the blogosphere, interesting nuggets of thought appear. Like this, from an ADHD sufferer: Normal people have a “mental secretary” that sorts out 99% of the nonsense of the day, deleting the “crap” and making sure their mind is working on a “huge clean whiteboard.” People with ADHD, however, enjoy no such concierge. If an idea comes in the “front door,” it immediately gets written on the white board, “in bold, underlined red letters,” randomly dispossessing whatever was there to make room for the new arrival.
Many of the lawyers we meet are either driven or driven to distraction. Yet, we posit, they may all be suffering from the same problem and just handling it differently. As the blog noted, those with ADD “rely heavily on routine” to get through the day, as an ingrained habit frequently escapes such distraction.
Perhaps, however, this ADHD can be a good thing. The writer describes something he calls “hyperfocus.” When something clicks, we close our minds and “NOTHING can distract us . . . short of a tornado.” Sound familiar? Ask your significant other the next time you’re on trial.
We make this final suggestion: Get help, which may include medication. Why? A final word from our anonymous blogger: ”Imagine a steadicam for your skull.” Awesome.
Last week’s Grace v. Law, 2014 NY Slip Op 07089 (Ct. Appls. 10/21/14) has us reviewing a legal malpractice case because, as Judge Abdus-Salaam duly noted, it is one of first impression for the Court. The question is one, we would think, would have come to the Court’s attention before: “What effect does a client’s failure to pursue an appeal in an underlying action have on his or her ability to maintain a legal malpractice lawsuit?” Here’s the answer.
Plaintiff retained Defendants to bring an administrative proceeding