Our request was simple: Tell us a story. We asked our readers to nominate litigators who prevailed during 2012 before a bench or jury trial. It helped if they had overcome tough odds and high financial stakes or a principle or precedent was at risk. We hereby share the five tales we liked the best.
 
ROBIN COHEN | KASOWITZ BENSON
Just weeks before trial opened, lead litigator and mentor Randy Paar died in an accident.
ROBERT WEIGEL | GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER
But team avoided any civil liability for huge French insurer accused of business chicanery.
STEVEN BAUER | LATHAM & WATKINS
A little culture shock for litigator recruited to school Norway's court in the fine points of U.S. tax law.
PAUL SHECHTMAN | ZUCKERMAN SPAEDER
He acceded to state's bid for a bench trial — and argued prosecutors failed to deliver on promises.
JEFFREY CHANIN and DAVID SILBERT | KEKER & VAN NEST
The client insisted it was innocent of kickback charges, and these litigators proved that case.