The civil litigation attorneys here at Cooper & Elliott have a reputation for taking on challenging cases. It’s not the easiest way to practice law, but there are a number of reasons why it’s the path we choose to take.
Reason #1: We love a challenge
One reason we seek the toughest of cases is that, quite simply, we relish a challenge. It is in our nature to turn over every rock, look into every nook and cranny, and find the crack in the door that will eventually reveal an appropriate resolution to the various challenges that a complex case presents.
If one of us runs into a dead end, another of us will step in to continue pursuing a solution. Often, that fresh set of eyes and a slightly different perspective is all it takes break open a seemingly unwinnable case. That kind of teamwork—and relentless pursuit of answers—is what enables us to help our clients find healing and closure.
Reason #2: Righting wrongs
Like most people, we would like to live in a world where no one is ever the victim of injustice. Of course, that’s not the way the world is—so we make our world a better place by helping those who’ve been harmed find the justice they deserve.
Sometimes a person who has been harmed by another’s carelessness or recklessness may have been told that they don’t have a case, or that civil litigation simply can’t achieve the justice they are seeking. But those are exactly the types of cases that appeal to us.
We believe that no matter how difficult the case might be to win, it’s our job—and our passion—to be a champion for someone whose life has been turned upside down by a tragedy. When we see that a wrong has been done, we feel compelled to set things right.
Reason #3: Change the law, change the world
When terrible things happen to people through no fault of their own, they or their loved ones often turn to the civil justice system, trusting that the law will make things right.
Unfortunately, sometimes the law doesn’t keep up with the times. Perhaps the law doesn’t recognize that a remedy should exist for a certain type of wrongful conduct. Or maybe the law is moving in the right direction, but it just needs a nudge. In those situations, we dive in wholeheartedly because we see it as an opportunity to not only effect a change that will help our client pick up the pieces of a shattered life, but also as a way to use the law to make the world a better place for the rest of us.
Challenging and landmark civil litigation cases can be costly for a firm to take on. Not all civil litigation lawyers want to take those types of cases, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Every firm has a guiding philosophy that it lives by.
But at Cooper & Elliott, we believe that every person deserves a chance to be heard, a chance to heal from a devastating tragedy. When we take the tough cases and are tenacious about finding resolutions, it’s not just our client who benefits—all of us benefit. It’s those challenging and landmark cases that ultimately lead to a better world for everyone.
*Names in this article have been changed to protect our client’s privacy.
The outcome of any client’s case will depend on the particular legal and factual circumstances of the case.