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Bully Law and the Strategy Game for Lawyers

By William Vogeler, Esq. on February 06, 2019 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Bully law is like bully ball.

You know that old-school, hard-hat approach in basketball? Use your strength, back your opponent up, and BAM!

What you didn't know is that there's more strategy than muscle involved. You can't play bully law if you don't know how to play the game.

Play by the Rules

If you want to back down your opponent, you have to follow the rules. Judges and state bar referees can help with that.

But with a plan and a pen, a lawyer can beat the largest opponent. That's why even a president is subject to a deposition subpoena.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has wielded his power masterfully. He has indicted or scored guilty pleas from 34 people and three companies, and hasn't tried a case in his ongoing investigation.

That sound you hear in the background is dozens of law firms and their clients saying "uncle." That's bully ball.

Courtroom Bullies

Chess is a great game of strategy, and an example of how to back anyone into a corner.

Perhaps it's fitting that the most powerful piece in the game is the queen, and the king can barely move. And let's not forget that famous queenly quote: "Off with his head."

The point is, bully law is not just for boys and being tough does not mean being difficult. It's about strategy, including when you have to deal with a courtroom bully.

"Standing up to a bully does not mean physically intimidating opposing counsel," says Randall Ryder for the Lawyerist. "It means taking a deep breath and figuring out how to turn the tables."

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