Houston plaintiffs’ lawyer Michael Gallagher spent two years in the mid-1990s negotiating a $4.25 billion global settlement of silicone breast implant litigation. But the deal crumbled and the science soured before he could get into a courtroom to try his clients’ implant suits.

Gallagher is determined that won’t happen to him again. So when he started taking on fen-phen clients in 1997, Gallagher had a hard and fast plan: Get a suit to trial quickly, win a big verdict and settle his docket of suits.

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