The case that made careers for a group of young women litigators

How a group of young women litigators made their names defending Baxter Pharmaceuticals against a breast implant mass tort

, The American Lawyer


The plaintiff was visibly uncomfortable. She wouldn't look at the defense lawyer as he ran through his deposition questions: "How large were your breasts before the surgery?" "What size did you want them to be?" "Why did you want them to be that size?"

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    I commend Debra and Mary and the other Baxter women - they are formidable litigators. A more balanced story, however, would have looked at the ground breaking women on the plaintiff's side of the litigation. I think Baxter made an excellent decision to retain women trial lawyers and that decision stood out when looking at all of the defendants' teams, but both sides had superb women lawyers and that fact is lost in your story.

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