DRI publishes “Uneven Ground: Legal and Practical Considerations for Defending Against Pro Se Plaintiffs” by Shagha TousiPrint PDF
Shagha Tousi, an associate in the Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation practice group, published “Uneven Ground: Legal and Practical Considerations for Defending Against Pro Se Plaintiffs” in DRI’s Strictly Speaking newsletter on December 30. The article discusses the legal and practical considerations to keep in mind when defending a client against an unrepresented individual. Shagha discusses several issues to consider, including knowing your adversary, being mindful of the latitude afforded to pro se plaintiffs, and keeping in mind that jurors may be biased towards unrepresented litigants, proceeding cautiously when settling with unrepresented claimants, maintaining a sense of empathy to elicit good favor for your client, and erring on the side of caution.
Shagha notes that representing a client against unrepresented pre-suit claimants or litigants presents significant issues that must be carefully considered, however, keeping these considerations in mind and communicating clearly with the client will enable you to plan your litigation strategy effectively and manage the client’s expectations accordingly.
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