Abe Doe wasn't afraid to tell me when he thought I was full of shit.
You may know lots of people like that, but in a client, it's relatively rare. Clients are often terrified and usually nervous about annoying their lawyers, and it can take years to get one to really open up. Not Abe.
I had the privilege of representing Abe when he was sued for an insulting tweet. From the start he wasn't afraid to make it clear what he thought of "libertytarians" (as he delighted in calling us) and in cheerfully bashing whatever I had written about recently. His openness about this was such that I was even comfortable giving back as good as I got, which I rarely do with clients. So, as Abe proceeded through the stressful and oppressive course of litigation, we traded barbs over our respective viewpoints. He was extraordinarily literate and inventive and nobody's pushover opponent in an argument. Beneath Abe's acerbic wit was a passion about issues and people, a dogged sense of right and wrong, and a contempt for bullies. We agreed about very little, but I grew to look forward to our exchanges and became quite fond of him. Combined with the fact that he was in the right and the case against him was contemptible thuggery, that made representing him a pleasure.
Abe passed away a couple of months ago. His passing was untimely. He is missed by many, including me. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I won't be answering any questions about the impact of his death upon the case, and I'll let you judge the character of his pursuer for yourselves.
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