There are a couple of lawyers I can't stand, especially this week. Most clients actually like their lawyer, it's "lawyers" as a concept they hate.
The difference? Those who hire lawyers are generally seeking someone to help or protect them. Lawyers in general, however, are often criticized for dirty tricks, making life expensive, or pursuing frivolous cases. Then there's the lawyer who sues at the drop of a hat to prove he has muscle, or compel a result or settlement he or she couldn't otherwise get - forcing someone to honor an expired warranty or take back a product they don't like. We are all happy that hospitals count the sponges before they sew us up, but don't think to thank lawyers for that.
When a lawyer's action is viewed as without merit, it damages the relationship of all of us. Most lawyers I know are sensitive to this, and don't throw around their muscle - they try to work it our, or suck it up, without threats.
Last week I won a motion to dismiss a case against a client. The case was without any merit whatsoever. I spent a large amount of time, money, thought, and energy to this case, trying to bring it to a easy end - at that, it took almost a year to get rid of the case. My client loves me, and hates lawyers in general, as a result. I'm not so happy with the other lawyer either - he's mad at me for calling him disreputable.