Medical-malpractice Lawyer Daniel Ryan III on Defending Physicians

DFRforwebsite.jpgIn 2010 we spoke with Daniel Ryan III of O'Brien & Ryan about the secret to defending physicians for our Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. In a nutshell: make sure they don't act like House.

You have to approach your client as a resource. Even though we always have our own experts to testify, I make sure that my clients understand that they are the primary expert in the defense. But you don't want them to come off as patronizing. Physicians have to be humble before the jury to be successful. The key is to get them in a teaching mode. If that humility comes through, if that compassion comes through, the jury will have a spark of engagement with their testimony, and that goes far in the goal of persuasion.