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The 10 attorneys featured in the stories that follow tried cases ranging from an Illinois patent infringement claim involving Web-browser technology to allegations of murder and dismemberment in Texas. Four represented defendants, six represented plaintiffs. One lawyer dusted off a 1916 statute that had never been used before. Another won a billion-dollar verdict in a fen-phen case. A third defended IBM against former employees’ claims that they’d been poisoned by workplace chemicals. What the lawyers have in common, in addition to at least one big trial win within the past 18 months, is a track record of success over many years. Two quick caveats: We do not suggest that these are the 10 best litigators, only the 10 we chose after a necessarily subjective process. And some of the verdicts they won have been-or may yet be- modified by judges or appeals courts. Keeping it simple Despite the diversity of cases, the lawyers’ strategies also had a good deal in common. They told simple stories, paid attention to the way they were perceived and treated jurors with respect.
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