Diligence. Preparation. Thoroughness. You've got to sharpen every edge of your case to have any hope of prevailing. A deposition of an opposing party isn't just a fact-finding mission; it's also a showdown. Written discovery questions to the other side aren't paper-pushing; they're guided missiles. A case is won or lost on the approach to these critical tasks long before it reaches a courtroom for an ultimate decision. Too many attorneys miss these opportunities because they only see a chore to check off. But a charcoal suit and framed parchment on the wall aren't enough to champion your case effectively. It pays to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.