It is 9 A.M. on any given motion day at the Queens Supreme Courthouse in Jamaica, and swarms of lawyers shuffle in to stake out their posts in different court parts for a preliminary conference, a compliance conference or to file a motion. By first and second call, courtrooms fill up with lawyers lounging around for hours waiting to adjourn or move their cases, their expressions growing more and more exasperated as the clock ticks away.

An uncanny contrast to these frustrated souls is a group of lawyers who learned to turn their colleagues’ frustration into their own profit.