I recently had the honor of writing a feature for the Knoxville Bar Association’s DICTA magazine on the topic of the Recent Revisions to the Guidelines for Professional Courtesy and Conduct. Here is a brief excerpt from the article:
“For many, the practice of law is a largely adversarial process – a strategic operation where one must employ all appropriate legal means to obtain a favorable outcome for his or her client. At the same time, most attorneys recognize the need to maintain a certain level of professionalism and extend appropriate courtesies in their dealings with others. Dignity, respect, civility, and courtesy are but a few of the hallmarks of appropriate professional behavior. In pursuing a client’s goals, attorneys must remain sensitive to their broader responsibilities to the legal system and preserve public perception of the profession as a learned and respectable vocation serving public good. But even beyond moral and ethical imperatives, observance of these principles is also good practice. The duty of competent and zealous representation extends beyond any one situation, and while discourteous behavior may serve a tactical purpose in some instances, it may also degrade one’s standing and undermine an attorney’s effectiveness in future dealings. Put simply: good will pays off!”
You can download the January 2019 Issue here and find me on Page 14 to read my piece in full.
Billy Ringger represents a diverse clientele across East Tennessee, comprising both individuals and business interests, in a wide range of complex civil matters. Practice Areas: General Civil Litigation, Appellate Litigation, Whistleblower Actions, Healthcare Liability, and Products Liability.