When Not to Trust Your Gut: Cognitive Bias in Legal Decision-Making
September 16, 2016
Attorneys at all levels of experience are called upon to make judgments. Whether it’s strategically conceding a point at oral argument to burnish your credibility with the judge, or determining how much detail or background a senior partner wants in a briefing, excellent lawyers are prized for their decision-making abilities. We tend to trust our gut in many of the daily aspects of practice that require making sound decisions, especially as we leave the first few years of practice behind and begin to feel more experienced.