Surviving a Screwup
Winter 2008

One of our strongest instincts, present from early childhood, is to hide our mistakes. Why? Embarrassment, desire to protect our reputation and please those important in our lives, fear of the consequences, or some combination thereof are the likely explanations.

As lawyers, we find the instinct constantly lurking because ours is a profession ripe with chances to make mistakes. Fortunately most of those mistakes are small and of little consequence, or can be easily remedied, but such is not always the case. Sometimes we make mistakes that subject us to potential malpractice suits. And frequently lawyers and law firms mishandle the situations presented by such mistakes. 

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