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Trial Lawyers Inc.



   A Report on the Lawsuit Industry in America, 2003

 

Trial Lawyers Inc.
A Message from the Director
Introduction
Attorney’s Fees

Focus: Lines of Business
Mature Product Lines
Class Actions
Asbestos
Medical Malpractice
High-Growth Products
Mold
Regulated Industries
New Product Development
Fast Food
What’s Next?

Government Relations/
Public Relations

Leadership Team
Business Summary
Conclusion
Financial Summary

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Leadership Team

MOTLEY’S CREW

Top lawyers dominate the headlines and earnings of Trial Lawyers, Inc.

Although the litigation industry has no “organizational structure” like an actual corporation, leading plaintiffs’ attorneys tend to dominate lines of business to such a degree that they might indeed be deemed “division presidents.” Thus, the individuals below in a very real sense constitute the “leadership team” for Trial Lawyers, Inc.

 

Ron Motley

Founder and Chairman

A noted trial attorney, Motley led the asbestos charge in the 70s, reaped hundreds of millions in the tobacco settlements, and now takes on lead paint, hoping to score billions more.[198]

AP PHOTO/PAULA ILLINGWORTH

 

Dickie Scruggs

President, Tobacco

Trent Lott’s brother-in-law raked in nearly a billion as the chief tobacco settlement negotiator; now he goes after health maintenance organizations.[199]

AP PHOTO/ROGELIO SOLIS

 

Peter Angelos

Co-President, Asbestos

Angelos, along with Motley and Fred Baron,was one of the earliest asbestos warriors;he’s recently sued cell-phone manufacturers.[200]

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Mel Weiss

Co-President, Class Actions (Securities)

Having never met a stock-price drop they didn’t like, Weiss and erstwhile partner Bill Lerach recently extracted three mega-settlements worth over $300 million each.[201]

AP PHOTO/KHUE BUI

 

Elizabeth Cabraser

President, Class Actions (General)

Leading class action lawsuits against industries from pharmaceuticals to insurance, Cabraser has extracted billions for Trial Lawyers, Inc., including in the infamous breast-implant case.[202]

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE/LACY ATKINS

 

John Edwards

President, Government Relations

After making millions as a personal-injury lawyer, Edwards has turned his attention to the Senate with an eye toward the White House—mostly funded by Trial Lawyers, Inc.[203]

GETTY IMAGES/KARIN COOPER/FACE THE NATION

 

Ralph Nader

Co-President, Public Relations

Long the best friend of the plaintiffs’ bar,[204] Nader has recently pursued presidential ambitions of his own in advancinghis crusade against American business.

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Joan Claybrook

Co-President, Public Relations

Longtime Nader ally Claybrook has headed Public Citizen since 1982 and has emerged as Trial Lawyers, Inc.’s de facto public voice.[205]

AP PHOTO/TERU IWASAKI

 

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198. See Taylor, supra note 33.

199. See And the Winners Are…, supra note 34; HMOs Face Racketeering Lawsuits, supra note 35.

200. See $30,000 an Hour, supra note 36; Malloy, supra note 37.

201. See Loomis, supra note 65, at 1.

202. See At the Top: America’s Top 50 Women Litigators, NAT’L L.J., Dec. 17, 2001, available at http://www.nlj.com/special/1217women-cabraser.shtml; see also David E. Bernstein, Breast Implants: A Study of Phantom Risks, No. 5 RES. MEMO. (Manhattan Inst., Apr. 1995), available at http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/research_memorandum_5.htm.

203. See Edsall & Balz, supra note 184, at A8.

204. See, e.g., Brimelow & Spencer, supra note 190, at 197.

205. See John Carlisle, Public Citizen Thwarts Consumer Access to Promising New Drugs, ORG. TRENDS, May 2003 (Capital Research Group), available at http://www.capitalresearch.org/pubs/pdf/x3773145977.pdf.

 

 

 

 
 

 


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