I’m a nice guy. Really. Oh, sure, a handful of past opponents might read this and scoff (more about them, below). But my friends will back me up on this. I’ve checked and confirmed. I’m also shy. An introvert. Conflict-averse. And a litigator.

Being a litigator is a difficult job, even for thick-skinned cynics. But for some of us, it can be emotional torture. I expected to burn out after two years. But 24 years later, I’m still here. Along the way, I’ve picked up some survival tips that keep me sober, sane and … well, still pretty nice. If you’re also a nice person (and, really, don’t we all think we’re a nice person), you might benefit from adopting a few of these rules for the sake of your own survival.

1. IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU:

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