After a Newton County, Ga., man had both his legs partially amputated as a result of a railroad car accident, he filed suit in federal court. One defendant, the owner of the railroad car that ran over the plaintiff, settled for undisclosed terms in the midst of a deposition. But the railroad, CSX Transportation, went to trial last month.

The railroad may have made the right decision. Attorneys for CSX, Casey Gilson partners Robert E. Casey Jr. and Joyce Gist Lewis, last month secured a defense verdict for their client after a week-and-a-half-long jury trial before U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr.