Lawyer Joke of the Week: NYC Lawyer's Hubris

Lawyer Joke of the Week: NYC Lawyer's Hubris

A New York City lawyer was representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by an old rancher in Hudsonville, Michigan. The rancher’s prize bull was missing from the section through which the railroad passed. The rancher claimed that the bull must have been hit by the train, and wanted to be paid the fair value of the bull.
The case was scheduled to be tried before the 58th District Court.
As soon as the rancher showed up, the attorney for the railroad pulled him aside and tried to get him to settle before the trial began. The lawyer did his best selling job, and finally the rancher agreed to take half of what he was asking.
After the rancher signed the settlement and release agreement and took the check, the young New York lawyer couldn’t resist gloating a little over his success, telling the Hudsonville rancher, “You know, I hate to tell you this, old man, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn’t have won the case. The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your ranch that morning. I didn’t have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed you!”
The old Hudsonville rancher replied, “Well, I’ll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself, because that darned bull came home this morning.”
– Unknown Origin

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