The “Junkyard Lawyer” Myth

The Sound and the Fury

 Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Scene V

The potential new client says:   “I am looking for a junkyard lawyer, a bulldog lawyer!”

This statement from a potential client always causes me these disjunctive reactions:

  •  This person has never retained a lawyer before so is a “virgin” when it comes to working with a lawyer, or
  • This person must have a bottomless pit of money to throw down the drain thrashing through a legal dispute.

The last thing any rationaJunkyard lawyerl client wants, at least 99.9% of the time, is to become engaged in a long, interminable legal battle where predictably the only clear winners are the lawyers who are charging their clients by the hour.

Think of this ugly image: two bulldog lawyers scrabbling about in the junkyard, jaws locked in vice grips on each other’s shoulders, spinning round and round amid swirls of dust—“sound and fury signifying nothing!”

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