At Writ's End


It may not happen for years, or it could happen in your first case, but almost all trial attorneys with a civil practice who elicit a good result from the law-and-motion or discovery departments are served eventually with a petition for writ of mandate. The practitioner must decide whether and how to respond. Two of the most significant factors to take into account are the statistics on success (miniscule) and the expense of a formal response (decidedly not miniscule). When appropriate, a short, informal preliminary opposition is often highly effective.

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