It is not uncommon for a case to take years to get to trial. During that time, the parties are conducting discovery, taking depositions, and arguing motions, all in preparation for trial, the final battle in the parties' years-long dispute. After years of litigating a case, the goal is to be the most prepared, which means knowing your case, knowing your opponent's case, and being in a position to anticipate and plan for your opponent's next move. But no matter how prepared you are, it is inevitable that things will happen during the course of a trial that you did not anticipate. This page shares some of our stories about those unexpected moments and other stories from the trenches.