Winning and losing cases is the lot of trial lawyers. We have our unbelievable wins and our equally unbelievable losses. The feelings of an experienced trial lawyer are expressed at Albany Lawyer in his post, Why it’s hard to be a trial lawyer.
I can only add that losing hurts more when it happens before a case can be decided by a jury. The derailment of a personal injury claim by the entry of a Summary Judgment, a Directed Verdict or a Final Order of Dismissal is particularly galling. It never has a feeling of justice about it. I can still remember those few instances over my 35 years of practice when my client and I were shown the courthouse door before a jury of our fellow citizens could determine the merits of our claim. The memories are painful to experience.