There are just moments in life when you know you’ve won—and when you’re a hardworking lawyer just trying to do your best for your client, it’s extra-satisfying. Whether it was because they had an ace in the hole or because of an unexpected plot twist, these lawyers got to experience some seriously dramatic “case closed” moments. After all, it’s not every day that you get to pump your fist in front of a judge.

1. Done And Busted

I had a client who was accused of taking a young woman’s car and then crashing it and fleeing the scene. The girl testified at trial that she had given him the keys that night because she had been drinking and she “would never, ever drink and drive.” I just sat back and let her speak, because she didn’t know that I’d already won.

Apparently, she was not aware that I had requested and obtained a copy of her driving record, which showed she received a charge for exactly that—drinking and then driving—after the incident in question. I still remember the look on her face when I handed her the driving record and said, “Except for that one time you got caught a month later, right?”

The look on the judge’s face was equally memorable.


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