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Everything seemed to click just right for trial lawyer Mikal Watts this year. He won verdicts totaling more than $54 million in 2001 and recovered more than a quarter of a billion dollars. He found a new partner who shares his dream of building a “super firm” of lawyers in South Texas who aren’t afraid to go to trial. But perhaps most significantly, Watts’ courtroom work had a big impact in the Firestone/Ford tread-separation litigation, with two major settlements, and in Sulzer hip implant litigation, with the nation’s first verdict. And at presstime on Dec. 20, Watts was delivering final arguments in a key Rezulin diabetes drug suit he was hoping would lead to the first plaintiffs verdict in the nation.

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