I was reading a very good series of posts by a general surgeon who was sued for malpractice and ended up settling the case. Here are the three parts: one, two and three. (Never mind the somewhat strange title and graphics on the posts, and the fact that some of the doc’s other posts have a focus on bodily functions that may be natural to a doctor’s blog but that is fortunately outside the norm for legal blogging). If you have time only for a quick scan, I think the third one is the best, but the whole series was instructive to me about the psychology of a lawsuit and a defendant’s state of mind, and I felt this account was very honest and credible. I like to read perspectives like this, because it helps me to remember that litigation, no matter how abstract the legal principle, is in essence a people business, and that there are obligations of conduct not only to my own clients but also to adversaries and other parties.