Popular depictions of legal proceedings have had a lot of impact on how people think about the legal profession. For some people, shows like Law & Order are the only exposure they get to the legal system, and the misconceptions they pick up along the way can be quite far from reality. One of these misconceptions is that settling in court is losing a battle, and should be avoided. In fact, the majority of court proceedings end in settlements, and they are often the best outcome for both parties.

To learn the truth about settlements, and how to tell when settling is a good thing, we turned to our legal professionals for their advice and stories from the field. After all, nobody knows better than the professionals when it comes to winning a case–even if it never went to court. Here are some of their comments.

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