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Professional Etiquette for the Courtroom and Other Legal Situations


Learn professional etiquette for the courtroom and what may be expected of you as a legal professional.

Litigation is an adversarial process, but it does not have to be uncivil. Learn how civility, etiquette, and professional courtesy in the courtroom, and in other legal situations, improves the practice of law. As attorneys, we wear several different hats as mediators, litigators, negotiators, advocates, and advisors. Ethical rules and the rules of civil procedure govern our conduct in litigation, but interactions with clients, opposing counsel and the court should be controlled by broader principles of civility. It is important to not only be properly prepared for any type of scenario but learn to balance the relationship and expectations of clients in order to deliver the best possible outcome. This topic will cover professional etiquette in a variety of legal situations, with a focus on rules of civil procedure, interaction with clients, interaction with opposing counsel and courtroom professionals, and voluntary standards of civility.



James P. Steele

James P. Steele

Carr Maloney P.C.

  • Partner at Carr Maloney P.C. in Washington, D.C.
  • Counsels insurers on complex coverage matters and litigates insurance coverage disputes
  • Defends accountants, attorneys, and other professionals in malpractice claims, and he helps professionals respond to subpoenas and other legal processes
  • 20 years of courtroom experience and his involvement in the D.C. Defense Lawyers’ Association give a broad knowledge of the courts in the District of Columbia and Maryland
  • Co-authored DRI Insurance Policy Rescission Compendium-District of Columbia, for the Defense Research Institute
  • J.D. degree, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]

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