The second type of ultimately doomed client relationship is when a client in a matter that is really all about money [business transactions, non-injury personal transactions, loss wage actions and the like] want revenge. This second brand of imperfect client is in fact doomed because ultimately revenge will give way and they will be left with attorney’s fees which do not provide a financial return on investment. In short, the client who was shorted by someone in money, will wind up short yet again on attorneys fees. This assumes that the case is not taken on a contingency fee matter, which I don’t typically recommend when clients seek revenge. And all too often the pent up revenge gets turned on the lawyer who becomes a whipping boy for the clients frustrations. And besides, juries and judges award damages, not retaliation.