Crawford v. JPMorgan Chase Bank (B257412 Dec. 9, 2015) from 2/6 today reminds me of one of the reasons I departed from the litigation universe many years ago. As the introduction recounts:
The practice of law can be abundantly rewarding, but also stressful. The absence of civility displayed by some practitioners heightens stress and debases the legal profession. Those attorneys who allow their personal animosity for an opposing counsel or an opposing party to infect a case damage their reputations and blemish the dignity of the profession they have taken an oath to uphold. In Green v. GTE California, Inc. (1994) 29 Cal.App.4th 407, 408, we said counsel's comments and actions at a deposition made the term "civil procedure" an oxymoron. In comparison to what occurred in this case, one could almost say the offending counsel in Green conducted himself with decorum. Here the practice of law became more than stressful; it was dangerous. An attorney representing himself threatened defendants' counsel with pepper spray and a stun gun at a deposition. When defendants moved for terminating sanctions, plaintiff filed an opposition that was openly contemptuous of the trial court. Such conduct can have consequences. (See In re Koven (2005) 134 Cal.App.4th 262.) The trial court granted defendants' motion for terminating sanctions. Plaintiff appeals the ensuing judgment. We affirm.
I recall various opposing counsel standing up and yelling at me, pounding the table, and barking at the court reporter. I was not, however, ever threatened with pepper spray or a stun gun. I guess it was just a matter of time. And I always viewed Ventura County as such a pleasant place to practice law.