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Tell us about your biggest trial win from January 2016 to July 2017 and how you achieved the result for your client.

In December 2016, I was lead counsel in securing a landmark verdict in Texas federal court, on behalf of six individual plaintiffs against pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson.

The trial involved claims that J&J hid flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hips that caused the devices to prematurely fail and left the victims facing surgeries, pain and other debilitating conditions. We secured a verdict of more than $1 billion.

My mission, and what we ultimately accomplished, along with our amazing trial team, was to clearly present the complex evidence that proved to the jurors that the devices were defective and that company officials knew about the flaws but failed to warn patients and doctors of the risks. The jury saw hard evidence and was rightly angry. Their verdict demanded change.

Share two trial tips that have been key to your success.

1) NO FEAR! Be bold. Go for it. Be confident. Do not be hesitant. If doing these things does not come naturally, then fake it until you make it.

2) Work yourself to death in preparation! Talent is nice. Actually, talent is great! But hard work trumps talent over and over again. — W. Mark Lanier