Predicting anything packs certain risks. You’re putting yourself out there a bit when you take a stab at what’s coming around the bend. After all, it could be something that bowls you over.

Let’s put it this way: Had I sat down to write this column in January 2020, I’m pretty sure no one would have mentioned business interference claims or the dawn of Zoom jury trials. Predicting what’s going to happen in litigation first requires a good idea of what’s going to happen in the greater world, since trends in public life and commerce are what drives the disputes that end up bringing clients to your door.