Similarities to the practice of medical malpractice law
As a second degree black belt in judo, I see many similarities to the practice of medical malpractice law. Here’s how I see it:
In both areas, there are moves and counter-moves, and the side that can anticipate and block their opponent’s moves has a distinct advantage. With my more than 30 years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice and their families, I know the moves, and I know the counter-moves. Those lawyers who don’t will get kicked all over the playground.
In medical malpractice cases, every move you make should be to show your opponent that continuing on to a jury verdict will be painful
I used to teach my judo students that every move they make should cause their opponent some type of pain. If they do this and cause enough pain, their opponent will either give up or make an ill-advised move and you can win. In medical malpractice cases, every move you make should be to show your opponent that continuing on to a jury verdict will be painful. That eventually gets them to the bargaining table.
It took me years of training under Sensei Mike Cobb, an eighth-degree black belt and president of the National Sport Judo Association, for me to earn my first black belt. I’ve been practicing medical malpractice law now for more than 30 years. Do the math.