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Finally a lawyer who is funny outside of the courtroom.

When Marcel Strigberger tells non lawyers that he is a lawyer and a humourist, the most common response is, “That’s an oxymoron”.

Lawyers are often the butts of crude jokes. There is even a joke about lawyer jokes. It goes, “Lawyers don’t think lawyer jokes are funny and laymen don’t think they’re jokes”

The law and the practice of law are rife with humour. And we all can use humour to break the tensions, to create rapport and simply to maintain our sanity.

Marcel has been effectively using humour in his litigation practice for over 35 years. And he has also published legions of humourous articles in legal and non legal publications. Marcel is also an accomplished speaker. He has addressed lawyers, judges and non legal people, in an entertaining manner, on how to use humour to enhance one’s professional and personal life.

His talks will be of great interest to anyone interested in issues such as civility, burn out or technological overwhelm, or to anyone who simply does not wish to be stuffy and rigid.

Legalhumour.com is a unique site also containing original humourous articles penned by Marcel about lawyers, judges and cases. Marcel also amuses the folks with frequent blogs about news items with a legal twist.

Other ingredients: NO LAWYER JOKES

Back to the Present

May, 3 2015 6:24 PM
by Marcel Strigberger

    I have a great idea to enhance the practice of law.  This idea puts to use centuries of human knowledge and experience.  It was used by the Chinese thousands of years ago.  I am talking about having a "paper office".

    Why go paper? Simple. Say a letter comes in from opposing counsel. You have the other lawyer's document there in your hands.  You see in it in front of your eyes. You can feel it. It is as palpable as Lady Macbeth's knife.

    And if you want to do a responding letter to opposing counsel, just put some paper into your printer and off you go.  You then put the letter into another paper wonder, the envelope.  Add a 50 something cent stamp and you're flying. Unlike emails, there is no risk of your letter not arriving because you wrote gordonsmith@ brownsmith.com instead of gordon.smith@brownsmith.com.  Electronic communication is anal. Leave out that one stupid dot and your chances of successfully sending your message are about as great as Syrian President Dr.Bashar Al-Assad, being nominated for the Nobel Prize for medicine.

    And now you might ask, what do you do to store it? Easy. Put it into a 15 cent folder you can buy at Staples. And the folders come in an assortment of eye pleasing colours. I especially like yellow or green. And if there is a power surge in your office, big deal.  You can wave your 15 cent file folder at those techie geeks who are pulling out their hair searching for the back up disk.

    And where do you put your file? The same place lawyers have been putting files for generations. In a spiffy metallic filing cabinet. The drawers come with handles.  Pull and they open; push and they close.  And of course you can file your file folders alphabetically.  It really works. You put the Adams file first, then the Benson file, and so on.  And if you misfile, the filing cabinet will never complain giving you a message such as, "You have performed an illegal operation".

    And you can even lock the filing cabinet using guess what? A key. No user names, no passwords necessary.  Just put that little brass sucker into the keyhole and turn clockwise and the drawers shut. Counter clockwise and they open.

    And when your filing cabinet fills up what do you do? No problem. Just transfer your closed files into another super proven invention. The cardboard box. It's amazing how these boxes can hold a stack of files.  And if you ever want to access any of them, just go to the box  and, Tah dah, there it is, in a spiffy green or yellow folder.

    No smartphone for me.  Give me paper and cardboard anytime.  

    Many lawyers are starting to appreciate simplicity. It will not be too long until we see continuing education courses on technology with outlines such as:

    9:30         wall paper belongs on the wall, not a computer

   10:30        everything you always wanted to know about trombone paperclips and were afraid to ask

   11:30 a.m.  7 amazing things you can do with a pencil.

    I'm ready to sign up. Let me just put some ink into my Mont Blanc.

    I practice personal injury/insurance and family law.  Please visit my site, www.striglaw.com . Great traditional service.  And when you telephone us, a live person answers the phone.

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Marcel Strigberger- Legal Humour

“Your speech was amusing, highly entertaining and at times thought-provoking. We especially appreciated that you tailored your material so that it was appropriate and interesting to [an] audience of judges and their spouses.”

Justice Russell Juriansz,
Court of Appeal for Ontario


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