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Stewart Dolin, a 57-year-old former co-chair of Reed Smith’s corporate and securities practice, left the office nearly seven years ago and entered a Blue Line station for the Chicago Transit Authority. He then hurtled himself in front of a northbound “L” train.

Dolin’s death on July 15, 2010, was quickly ruled a suicide. But civil litigation grinds slowly, and now a federal jury in Chicago is being asked to rule on what led to Dolin’s demise.

Was it, as his widow claims, an adverse reaction to an antidepressant whose suicidal side effects were covered up by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline plc? Or, as GSK’s defense team contends, was it Dolin’s depression and job security concerns that arose after Reed Smith absorbed his mid-sized law firm and his new colleagues criticized his leadership?

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