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Chip Babcock Quoted in 'Law360' on Courtroom Etiquette

Jackson Walker partner Chip Babcock was quoted in the March 26, 2013, edition of Law360 on the topic of common errors that litigators should avoid in the courtroom.

In the article, "The 5 Litigators Sure To Drive Judges Mad," Mr. Babcock states that one surefire way to aggravate a judge is to interrupt him mid–sentence.

"Interrupting a judge is something I see too often. Some lawyers are so interested in getting their points and arguments across to the judge [that], a lot of the time, they won't even let the judge talk. And when the judge does start talking, the attorney isn't even listening because they are so focused on what they're preparing to say next. That's dangerous."

Mr. Babcock also discusses the proper way to address opposing counsel.

"Whenever I want to ask the opposing counsel a question, I'll ask the judge. More often than not, the judge will look over and repeat the question verbatim. No. 1, it's respectful of the judge. No. 2, it's often much better for you if the judge is asking the question than if you are."

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Mr. Babcock has over 25 years' experience representing a variety of clients in commercial litigation including intellectual property disputes as well as in the field of media and communications law. In 2010, Mr. Babcock was selected as one of Texas Lawyer's "25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century," and he is ranked as a top First Amendment attorney, a top Commercial Litigation attorney and a top Trial Lawyer in the prestigious Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business directory. He has been a "Super Lawyer" every year since Thomson Reuters instituted the award (2003-2012) and has also been listed by D Magazine as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas," by H Texas magazine as one of the "Top Lawyers in Houston," and by Texas Lawyer as one of Texas' "Go To" lawyers. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is included in the Commercial Litigation chapter of Who's Who Legal: Texas. He was named as a "Best in Civil Litigation Defense" attorney by Super Lawyers: Corporate Counsel Edition. Mr. Babcock received his A.B. from Brown University and his J.D. from Boston University.
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