Myth #6: Contract language is sacred – Some contract language is sacred and complicated; some of it is just poor writing.
Myth #7: Arguing in the Facts is shrewd – That’s the first sign to a judge that we have no case.
Myth #8: All facts are necessary – As I have told lawyers for the past 30 years, “Never confuse a fact with a relevant fact.” Unnecessary characters, dates, and other facts only confuse our reader.
Myth #9: A word limit must be filled – When we file a brief noticeably under the word limit, first a clerk, then the judge, thinks, “This lawyer has a good case.”
Myth #10: Anybody cares what we lawyers think – They want to know how we got there. It’s the difference between showing and telling. Show them; don’t tell them.