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Is winning huge civil cases a guy thing? Allowing for explanations, qualifications and other variables, the data on recent big verdicts suggest that the answer is yes. But maybe not for long.

Consider these statistics from “The National Law Journal’s” annual roundups of high-stakes verdicts. Among the 60 biggest defense verdicts from 1995 to 1998, only five (8%) of the defense teams were led by women. Among the 241 biggest plaintiffs’ verdicts from 1995 to 1998, only 12 (5%) of the plaintiffs’ teams were led by women.

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