Perhaps one of the most important services an attorney can provide to a client is discerning the merits of a case and the likely outcomes during the course of litigation. But what is the best way to go about evaluating a case? And if, as experience has taught, there is no “best” way to evaluate a case, are there some really good ones that can be counted on to give the client sound advice over a broad range of potential types of cases?

First, it is important to know that case evaluation is neither a science nor really an art. Given the almost limitless known and unknown factors that shape the final litigation outcomes, perfection is almost impossible to achieve. The goal is to arrive at an “optimal” evaluation.