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    When you look at JRE's career, he took on cases that were both unwinnable and financially unattractive.

    That point is almost certainly nonsense.  He was successful precisely because he took on the most attractive cases promising the largest payout.  

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by johnny rotten on Tue Feb 03, 2004 at 06:25:31 PM PST

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    •  "Almost certainly" (none)
      Is that your preferred disclaimer of false statements?

      From the NYT article above:

      "... The firm took the case that resulted in Mr. Edwards's first big jury verdict as a favor to a state senator and lawyer who had let it languish. Mr. Edwards, then a young associate, got the assignment because it was considered a loser.

      "I said, `Let's dump the file on John's desk,' " said Wade H. Hargrove, a former partner at the firm.

      The plaintiff in the case, Howard E. G. Sawyer, was disabled as a result of what Mr. Edwards said was an overdose of a drug used in alcohol aversion therapy. O. E. Starnes, who represented the hospital, had never heard of Mr. Edwards.

      "He came over here and ate our lunch," Mr. Starnes said.

      The jury awarded Mr. Sawyer $3.7 million.


      Something more than Mr. Edwards's reputation attracted David and Sandy Lakey of Raleigh, N.C., the parents of a young girl injured in a swimming pool. The Lakeys say all the lawyers they interviewed except Mr. Edwards wanted one-third of any award, which one of them predicted would not exceed $1.5 million. Mr. Edwards offered to take a smaller percentage, unless the award reached unexpected heights.

      In 1997, it did. A jury awarded the Lakeys $25 million, of which Mr. Edwards got one-third plus expenses.

      He so impressed the Lakeys that they worked as volunteers in his Senate campaign the next year.

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