I wonder if he hired Uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince of Bell Air? (Attempt at humor)
I wish you all the best.
We had several of these and it was interesting to see the defense crack under pressure. I snickered all the way home.
FWIW, as much as you can get done with the attys, you can sometimes avoid going before a judge. The other lawyer was adamant that something "be given" for each thing that they "gave" us...it was like blood from a stone because of my finances, but you may end up trading various things, like taxes or insurance to get a better outcome.
It comes down to nickles and dimes and they won't be concerned about much else.
And yes, you can step out or use another room as the other post says, if the pressure gets high. I would get panic attacks and my lawyer would call a recess. Or if the defense Lawyer got rude, mine would call time out.
If you can find things-issues- that matter more than others and have one or two in your pocket to let go of in trade, it can get you through sooner.
Just to share a funny, there is a story about Perv's lawyer showing up in court for trial with a water cooler on wheels for his files and rainbow suspenders with short dockers and those tall white socks.
Sometimes to take my mind off things, I study the people in the room and it helps for some relief-like the differences in lawyers or clients, as Perv would appear in blue jeans and I and L in suits. I think it all makes a difference?
And the quietest you can be will only help, because I learned that they remember every word and use it later, not in our favor, either.
Best of luck.
A person is a person, no matter how small. -Dr. Suess
Perserverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.