Courtroom Confidence: How to Not Sweat it When Your Attorney Has Bad Hygiene

We’ve all been there. You’re in court, ready to present your case, and you realize that your attorney has bad hygiene. Maybe they skipped a few showers this week. Maybe they forgot to put on deodorant. Maybe they’re just really sweaty. Whatever the case may be, you can’t let it throw you off your game. Here are a few tips for remaining confident in the courtroom, even when your attorney has bad hygiene.

Soap and Water

The first line of defense is always soap and water. If your attorney forgot to shower or otherwise clean up before coming to court, do your best to avoid sitting too close to them. If you can’t help it, try to discreetly move away if their odor starts to bother you. And if all else fails, hold your breath! 🤢

💥Attorney Life Hack: This one should be obvious, but it bears repeating. Before you step into the courtroom, make sure that you have used soap and water to wash your hands and face. You should also make sure that your nails are clean and trimmed. Nothing says “unprofessional” quite like dirty fingernails.


If your attorney is simply forgetful when it comes to personal hygiene, then a quick spritz of deodorant should do the trick. Just make sure they don’t forget to put it on before coming into court!

💥Attorney Life Hack: You will be nervous when you are in the courtroom. This is natural. However, you need to make sure that your nerves don’t get the best of you and that you don’t start to sweat profusely. Be sure to apply deodorant before you leave for court. If possible, try to find a long-lasting or waterproof variety so that you don’t have to worry about re-applying during breaks.


Some people just sweat more than others, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if your attorney is dripping with sweat, it might be distracting for you and for the judge or jury. Encourage them to bring a handkerchief or something similar to help absorb the sweat and keep them feeling cool and confident.

💥Attorney Life Hack: If you tend to perspire a lot, it might be a good idea to bring a handkerchief or towel with you to court. That way, if you start to feel sweaty, you can dab your face and neck without anyone being the wiser. Just be sure not to overdo it – no one wants to see a grown man mopping his brow every five minutes!

No one wants to find themselves in court with an attorney who has bad hygiene. But if it happens, don’t let it rattle you! Just follow these simple tips and you’ll be able to remain cool, calm, and collected throughout the proceedings.

💥Attorney Life Hack: Maintaining good hygiene is essential for any attorney who wants to be taken seriously in the courtroom. By following these simple tips, you can rest assured knowing that you will always look your best – no matter how nerve-wracking the trial may be.

Author: Sal Aniano
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