Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment: Help Your Clients Make Good Litigation Decisions

Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment: Help Your Clients Make Good Litigation Decisions (ABA 2020)

16 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020 Last revised: 27 Jan 2020

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Michaela Keet

University of Saskatchewan College of Law

Heather D. Heavin

University of Saskatchewan

John Lande

University of Missouri School of Law

Date Written: January 20, 2020

Abstract

This is the introduction to a new book, Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment: Help Your Clients Make Good Litigation Decisions. This book describes how lawyers, mediators, and settlement conference judges can help parties use litigation interest and risk assessment (LIRAs) to make good decisions in litigation. Although parties may receive significant benefits from litigation, they generally also incur substantial risks and costs in the process. Predicting risks and costs is very difficult. This book provides thorough advice about how lawyers and mediators can work with their clients to develop realistic LIRAs and help them use these assessments in making decisions about litigation, negotiation, and mediation. The book sets out the ethical rules requiring lawyers to help clients make informed decisions and requiring mediators to refrain from coercive techniques. It draws on behavioral psychology literature to explain why lawyers and clients often make decision errors in litigation – and how to reduce those errors. It then provides detailed descriptions of how to value both tangible costs and intangible costs that individual and organizational parties often incur in litigation. It provides a simple framework for conducting a LIRA process as well as introduces the reader to more sophisticated tools for estimating court outcomes. It also provides advice and practical checklists that readers of all philosophies of lawyering, negotiation, and mediation can use in their professional practice.

Keywords: litigation, risk, interests, negotiation, mediation, ethics, litigation expenses, intangible costs

Suggested Citation

Keet, Michaela and Heavin, Heather D. and Lande, John, Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment: Help Your Clients Make Good Litigation Decisions (January 20, 2020). Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment: Help Your Clients Make Good Litigation Decisions (ABA 2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3522678

Michaela Keet

University of Saskatchewan College of Law ( email )

Saskatoon, SK
Canada

Heather D. Heavin

University of Saskatchewan ( email )

College of Education
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A7
Canada

John Lande (Contact Author)

University of Missouri School of Law ( email )

Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
United States

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