One of my young personal injury lawyers and I had a chat following an Examination for Discovery. He was quite surprised by the tone which the lawyers for the insurance company took with our client. The lawyers were mean, nasty, rude, snarky and did not give our client the benefit of the doubt.
Would that lawyer speak in that rude of a tone to a stranger? Nope.
Would that lawyer speak that way in a regular world setting outside of the law? Nope.
If that lawyer spoke that way in his/her everyday life, would they have any friends? Nope.
So it begs the question: why are lawyers so stern and mean, particularly during the discovery process?
There are many answers to this question.