Tell us about your biggest client wins this year. The most significant victories for my clients were in the area of lead poisoning. First, I tried a case against lead pigment manufacturers on behalf of three young men who were catastrophically poisoned by lead pigment in their homes. The jury returned a $6 million verdict for the plaintiffs—the first verdict on behalf of plaintiffs against the manufacturers. Additionally, after nearly 20 years of litigation alleging public nuisance, we settled a landmark case brought by cities and counties in California against lead pigment manufacturers, achieving funding for abatement programs.

What’s the best lesson you learned as a young lawyer? Default to professional courtesy. Our jobs are important, but our lives—including opposing counsel’s lives—are even more important.

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