Many people wonder what happens when you draw a short tempered or ill-informed judge when your case is finally called for trial. First, my experience is that the New Jersey judiciary is of very high caliber. Most, if not all, are qualified individuals, who try very hard to get it right. Are there exceptions? Yes, as in any profession. There are judges who do not bother to read all the briefs, who make quick or wrong decisions, or who just lack experience in a particular area of the law.
What the experienced attorney must do is to not only argue persuasively, but to stand up to a judge who is having a bad day, or is in a foul mood for whatever reason, without showing disrespect for the court. This is an art form and a skill that is not taught in law school, but comes only from years of experience. That is what John Morelli and Jeff Simons bring to the table- years of experience and the courage to challenge a bad call- without getting thrown out of the game.