Data reported by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and by the National Center for State Courts suggest that roughly 9.5 million civil lawsuits are filed in the United States each year. That number does not include family law cases, bankruptcy matters, or cases filed in courts of limited jurisdiction. Are that many lawsuits really necessary? Before recommending that a client file suit, it is important to be aware that most clients have an intense dislike for litigation. Carefully consider whether filing a lawsuit is the best course of action for achieving the client's objectives. Other factors to consider are discussed in my recent blog post in the National Jurist's SmartLawyer digital magazine, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.