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New topic:  How to use lawyers effectively.    (I’ll get back to loan workouts and strategy in a separate thread soon.)To use lawyers effectively, you have to understand a bit about lawyers:  what they are, and what their role is.   And how it differs from the general perception.  Most people’s perception of lawyers is pretty negative; many people in our industry love to hate lawyers in general, but cling to their own lawyers.  Why?I’m not sure, but here are some guesses.  Let’s look at a few of the traits that give deal lawyers a bad reputation — or a good one. 

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