Clients always ask me about settlement and trials.  If we do not accept $XX, what will happen at trial, they essentially ask.  There is little or no empirical data for that process and how it plays out.  Every client must often rely on the judgment of his/her lawyer. 

A good rule of thumb is that

 I have talked about this before.  Reasonable settlement offers lead to reasonable, or halfway reasonable responses.  When you are in the midst of a lawsuit, both sides have their "dander up."  It is hard to be reasonable.  But, it is just when it is hardest that it is most critical to appear reasonable.  Pursuing