It seems many of the lawyers who handle mass torts and multidistrict litigation are hopeful that the days of hopping on a cross-country flight for a routine 30-minute status conference are behind us. It’s apparent from reading some of the coverage from my colleague Amanda Bronstad, who follows that world closely, that that sentiment holds especially true on the plaintiff’s side of the bar, where those plane tickets, Uber rides and hotel rooms come out-of-pocket unless and until a piece of litigation yields a recovery.

Amanda, like all my colleagues on’s litigation desk, has been conducting Q&As with lawyers on her beat in a project spearheaded by contributing editor Samantha Joseph, who co-heads our national coverage. The interviews have been aimed at probing lawyers about how their practices have changed over the past year-and-a-half and to see what sorts of things are keeping them and their clients up at night.