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THE “THAT LAWYER HAS TOO MANY CLIENTS” LIE

(Bida Manda is the best restaurant in Raleigh)

Before coming to the infinitely sensible decision to hire me to represent you on your criminal case and while you’re “shopping around” for a lawyer, you may encounter lawyers who will tell you that such and such lawyer is too busy and has too many clients. This is utter shit.  It’s a lie,  It’s a ploy by a lawyer who doesn’t have enough clients to convince you to hire him on the theory that so and so won’t give your case the attention that he will.  You then, on this desperate lawyer’s advice, call those lawyers with “too many clients” to find out how many open cases they have, how many cases have they opened this year, how many pending DWI’s they have, that sort of thing.  The irony is, you should ask those questions but not for the scare-tactics reasons given to you by the lawyer with no clients. but to help you whittle down your search to those lawyers with the biggest caseloads.

You want the busiest lawyer in town representing you.  You don’t want the guy who doesn’t have enough clients.  You want to eat at Bida Manda.  You don’t want to eat at Batistella’s.

Bida Manda is the best restaurant in downtown Raleigh (and probably the best in all of Raleigh). And it’s a Laotian restaurant . As in from Laos.  Bida Manda is so busy you have to make reservations for lunch.  Bida Manda serves food late and is packed all night long. Their cocktails are fantastic. Their service is top notch.  And did I mention the food?  SMH-ingly fantastic.l.  Go often and order everything at least once. Their signature dish, to me, is the Porkbelly Soup; it is absolutely incredible.  If you go only once, get the Porkbelly Soup. It’s all great.  Every time.

Oh dear.  Batistella’s on the other hand, fifty yards up the road, is, and I say this unapologetically, the worst restaurant in downtown Raleigh (but probably not the worst in all of Raleigh – so there’s something).  Batistella’s is a New Orleans-themed restaurant in a perfect corner location.  The interior is great, a kind of open kitchen.  Cool place. And absolute shit.  Gordon Ramsay needs to do an episode of  Kitchen Nightmares there. If they’re not ignoring you for an hour because you have three children, on a different occasion they’re telling four hungry lawyers that they close at two for lunch and you’re too late. And it’s one o’clock.  If they’re not telling you they’re out of diet coke, they’re telling you they’re out of ketchup for your fries. What a shame.  When it first opened, it had tons of promise, and their Gumbo was good. . But it seems that someone has given up.  It’s a terrible restaurant, And has a fraction of the customers their neighbour Bida Manda, has.

So which one do you choose?

Of course you’re going to choose Bida Manda.  You need to choose your lawyer among the Bida Mandas of what we do, and not the Batistella’s.  Youre not going to get a better dish at Batistella’s because they make fewer dishes than you are at Bida Manda because they make more.

Consider this too:  A lawyer with a heavy caseload can more easily pick and choose where he wants to be; if he sees that your case is in a courtroom with a judge who that lawyer knows is not good for the issues in your case, he can go into any number of other court rooms and deal with his cases in those court rooms; he can avoid the bad situation for you in a way that the lawyer with only one case that day can’t – that lawyer is stuck in the one courtroom he doesn’t want to be in with no excuse for being somewhere else.  Think about that when the pathetic little worm tells you that John McWilliam has too many clients.

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