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Whether you’ve been recently licensed or practicing for years, chances are you have dealt with a Rambo lawyer. Named after John Rambo, the fictional character who resolves most conflicts through fights (even if unlawful), a Rambo lawyer engages in all manners of adversarial excess, including personal attacks on other lawyers, hostility, boorish and insulting behavior, rudeness and obstructionist conduct. For years, the rise of Rambo tactics in civil litigation has raised concerns. Judges have objected to the tactics, finding them to be unprofessional and unethical. Now, clients are realizing that engaging Rambo lawyers to “scorch the earth” can be quite expensive and unprofitable.

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