Playing Devils Advocate
Clients sometimes confuse playing devil’s advocate with actually advocating a different position from their own. It is my duty as your attorney to not only present all the evidence that is beneficial to your case but to inform you of that evidence which weakens your case.
There is no such thing as a perfect open and shut case. All cases have flaws. What may appear as an open and shut case to you may not in actuality be such. Understand also that you are not a trained lawyer. Lawyers see many many things that you do not see. When I or another lawyer tell you about the problems you have with your case we are not saying that you have a bad case, and we are not advocating for the other side, we are merely pointing out to you the weaknesses in your case that have to be overcome if we are to prevail.