Wednesday, August 09, 2006

My Day in Bronx Supreme Court, Rm 707

So I had a Preliminary Conference today on one of my toilet cases.

I call it a toilet case because my firm represents the insurance company for this Bronx slumlord building who didn't do squat about EVERY little crack located in front of the building's sidewalk!!! And you know what happens when you don't fix every crack!!! Some poor unfortunate old lady will eventually trip over it!!

As it so happens, that's exactly what happened! The plaintiff tripped and fell and...oh no, guess what happened?? she fractured her right ankle!!!

Poor baby.

So she's unemployed and decides to sue.

You have to love these plaintiffs!!

So they sue the building owner and everyone under the sun.

Which is why I am stuck in Room 707 in Bronx Supreme for a Preliminary Conference.

Plaintiff is represented by a 2-attorney ambulance chasing outfit in the Bronx.

of course, I get there at 9:30 am, dutifully circle my firm's name on the Court calendar outside, and sit inside the courtoom as everyone starts to arrive.

Within 15 minutes, the room is full of yellin attorneys, mostly fat old white men, catcalling each other case names.

"Anyone here on Gomez?!?! Gomez case!?!?

"Martinez v. Joe Schmoe Realty!!??

The court officers, have to YELL at all the attorneys like 5 year olds to "quiet down!!"

There are 3 separate calendars on for today, the PC calendar (Preliminary Conference), CC calendar (Compliance calendar) and Discovery/Motion calendar...(who konws how long those poor schleps have to wait until the judge decides to hear the case)

It is 10:30 am and i am *STILL* sitting there.

Waiting for plaintiff's attorney to show up.

*tick* Tock*

Finally, she appears. A short buxy blond. Not bad looking, but not exactly hot.

"Are you here on __ case?"

"Yeah, I've been here like an hour.."

"Ohh!! I am sorry. I got stuck in the Pre Trial part upstairs. Let's just do the Order and get the judge to sign it."

It is now 11 am. We sign the order (after all it only takes 2 minutes to pick a deposition date!) and wait..

I kid you not..

Another fuckin HOUR to have our case be called. What do I end up doing?
Read the newspaper!!!

Yes folks, I get PAID to sit on my BUTT in court reading NEWSPAPERS!

So by the time we meet with the clerk who basically "rubber stamps" our order, it is now 12 pm.

12 freakin pm.

For a SILLY preliminary conference, that took all of 5 MINUTES to do with my adversary.

So now you see, what lawyers *really* do in court.


At Wednesday, August 09, 2006 1:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you bill for all that time? At our firm..we do!

At Wednesday, August 09, 2006 1:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But wouldn't you rather be relaxing in Room 707 of the Bronx County Courthouse reading the paper, people watching, socializing, and effortlessly billing than being cooped up in an office all day doing paperwork and struggling to make your hours?

The Bronx is good for that. So is the CCP Part in Brooklyn. I hate being stuck in the office.

At Wednesday, August 09, 2006 2:03:00 PM, Blogger BatmanLawyer said...

Yes, it all counts toward billing...good point. But when i have to bill in excess of 9 hours per day, it means my day will be long once I get back to the office!

At Wednesday, August 09, 2006 2:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

room 707 is notorious, the only worse room is 809 in King's Civil- the infamous "no-fault part" where Moshe Fuld, Gary Tsirelmen, and Alden Banneittis and all the other scumbags from hell do business.

At Friday, August 11, 2006 2:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, more posts!

At Monday, July 07, 2008 1:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a practicing attorney and am very famliar with the New York City court system, which is high ineffective disorganized. The judges would rather waste five hours of an attorney's time if it can save the Court 1 minute. I've had a case with Justice Cahn, for instance, who insisted that an attorney be present in court at a calendar call merely to hand in a stipulation adjouring the conference. He did this because it would have been too much of a burden for him to pull the calendar out before hand to note that the case was adjourned. He wanted someone there to remind him again when the calendar was being called.

Thus, a big white-shoe firm billed its client $350 plus per hour for an attorney to hand in a piece of paper -- probably at least two hours. The judge could have accepted it by fax and taken 1 minute of his time but, instead, he wanted to waste attorney's time.

This is typical for the New York City court system. THe judges waste attorney's time and highly disrepectful to attorneys.

It is this reason lawyer's fees are so expensive and people hate lawyers.

At Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:35:00 AM, Anonymous bronx injury said...

Shouldn't you be worried about your reputation? If your client finds this post - it will not be helpful.

At Friday, July 09, 2010 8:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please stop the belly aching, you guys get tons of money.If it wasnt for that crack on the sidewalk, you could'nt pay your morgage.If it's that bad change your profession!!

At Monday, August 09, 2010 1:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A person fractures their ankle and is unable to work and your reaction is "poor baby" and "got to love these plaintiff's" What a schmuck

At Monday, January 24, 2011 7:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person who actually posted this is obviously a low level associate who knows very little but thinks he knows it all. Did it ever occur to you that maybe you are there because this is probably the most anyone can spoon feed you. Or are we to think you are competent enough to take these cases to trial yourself. Yeah right. I have been a plaintiffs attorney and defendants attorney and the crux of the matter is that people sue. Plaintiffs make money when defendants screw up. Defendants are made to pay because guess what they screw up. Plaintiffs attorneys make money. Defense firms make a killing billing the insurance comapnies. The insurance companies save millions of dollars refusing to pay and wearing out plaintiffs with valid claims. And so it goes. Meanwhile you and the firm that sent you there are complaining, but I am sure you will not be returning any of that money you made billing your clients. Actually I'm assuming you are ethical enough not to return to the office at 10:00 and then claim you were there until 1.

At Saturday, February 19, 2011 5:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I share your disgust waiting hours in court, especially when due to my adversary, and while not being paid by the hour as you are. However, your distaste for plaintiffs overlooks the very reason you have a job. You sound like one of those tort reform spewing idiots who will only realize where there income comes from after it is too late!

At Wednesday, March 30, 2011 11:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, don't be an insurance defense attorney in New York City if you don't like "the system".

At Friday, June 03, 2011 6:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this is what per diem lawyers think...

At Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this legal market you should consider yourself lucky to have a job! You also could bring work with you. I have drafted discovery and motions on my Ipad while waiting in court. You will lead a happier life if you stop whining or maybe whining makes you happy!

At Thursday, November 17, 2011 8:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCK YOU you defense whore prick !
There is no pig that whines louder than a Defense attorney that gets injured by someone else's negligence.
Only when you're hurt is it real.
Tell you what, next time ask your bosses send you on 2 PCs at a time that way when you're covering both for 2 hours you can fraudulently bill 2 carriers for 2 hours and your day is half over. Then bitch about insurance fraud to some idiot that doesn't know better.

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At Friday, May 17, 2013 10:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what I hated about NY courts when started practicing. Got used to it. You can work, read do whatever the hell you want when waiting for the PC or CC or whatever motion.
If you're billing by the hour - there is no reason to complain.

At Monday, April 06, 2015 9:50:00 PM, Blogger Keith Talone said...

It don't matter 99.999% of all lawyers are scumbags any way. That's why the court system is so filled up with BS.


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