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TALC TRIALS…AND TRIBULATIONS – “Calculating.” “Highly respected.” “Passionate and smart.” “As aggressive as male trial attorneys are.” These are some of the words attorneys on both the plaintiff and defense side use to describe Weil, Gotshal & Manges litigator Diane Sullivan, who represents Johnson & Johnson in a talcum powder case that recently yielded a $37 million-plus verdict. Even before the verdict came down, the case made headlines as the judge struck Sullivan’s entire closing argument. Amanda Bronstad’s report takes a broad and deep look at Sullivan’s impressive career—a worthwhile exercise, as Sullivan figures to continue making headlines as trial counsel in some of the nation’s most important products cases.