NEW YORK, February 20, 2018 — Conflict is ubiquitous, an unavoidable part of the human condition. From a young age, we are shaped by how conflict is expressed and resolved — at home, at school, at work, in the wider world, within our own minds, so on and so forth. Stories too are ubiquitous. We are constantly telling stories, about others and ourselves. And conflicting stories are the stuff of disputes in all walks of life. He-said-she-said stuff. As one commentator observes, all stories are true, but some of them never happened. So, the need for closure.
This new book by David L. Wallace, a New York trial lawyer, is designed to democratize the dispute-resolution process, which lawyers tend to monopolize. Drawing on the wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages, as preserved by quotations, the author distills basic truths about the nature of conflict generally, and the factors that ultimately drive both formal (adjudicatory) and informal (consensual) dispute resolution.
Disputology consists of borrowed words, wit, and wisdom that the author inked or pasted into journals and commonplace books over the years, and later divided into seven categories he thought relevant to understanding the process of dispute resolution: Conflict, Lawsuits, Planning & Strategy, Communication, Negotiation, Perspective, and Trust. Mr. Wallace says:
Quotes … have always had a special appeal to me, something about the way the best of them so powerfully and pithily extract the essence of a matter: an idea, a thought, a place, a feeling, a thing. One of the things that strikes me is how often quotes are, or seem to be, footnotes to others.
Reflecting the role that non-lawyers can, and the author suggests must, play in dispute resolution, the book features over 300 different pearls of wisdom — practical advice for “being settled” as opposed to “being right”
— from a broad array of figures across the ages, the humanities, and the sciences. What makes the book’s teachings so accessible is that they are delivered in ordinary English, a language that lawyers sadly abandoned a long time ago.
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About David L. Wallace
David is a New York trial lawyer who for years has consistently been nationally ranked by clients and peers among the best in the business. He guides individuals and companies clear of legal trouble, leads them to safer courses of action, helps reduce the likelihood of litigation, positions them to tell a better story when it does arise, and gets them out of legal trouble quickly.
He began his career as a litigator handling high-stakes product liability cases, quickly rising to become one of the foremost national trial advocates for several tobacco companies during a period of tumultuous litigation for the industry. A bold and tenacious trial lawyer, David has handled cases in courtrooms around the country — north, south, east and west.
With roots in an historic coastal New Hampshire town, David began his career at Manhattan’s Chadbourne & Parke in 1987, where he became a partner in 1996. He left that firm with several colleagues in 2012 to open a New York office for London-based Herbert Smith Freehills, where he practiced until opening his own firm — Wallace Law PLLC — in 2017.
About Wallace Law PLLC
Wallace Law PLLC is a high-powered New York disputes boutique with national reach. Our game is legal disputes. We resolve them using litigation, arbitration, negotiation, and mediation processes. It’s all we do.
Our brand is bold and fierce advocacy. We focus on commercial litigation, product liability, and select personal injury cases for individuals and companies alike.
We don’t play lawyer games that serve only to escalate and prolong disputes. We keep our eyes on the prize — using our professional insights and experienced judgment to solve your legal problem swiftly and effectively, with the least amount of cost and disruption possible in the circumstances. We also play well with others if you’re looking to build or supplement a virtual legal team across different firms or practice areas.
Get more information at www.wallacepllc.com or at (914) 481-6107.
David L. Wallace