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From the Publisher"Lester Brickman is a man with a mission: To expose the waste and fraud that permeates the system of tort liability as it has grown up over the past forty years in the United States. Brickman is an indefatigable researcher who understands the keys to unlocking the secrets of the tort system. What is truly striking about Lawyer Barons is not just the massive amount of evidence presented but the tenacity with which he tracks down just about every scrap of available evidence on a particular problem and melds it into a compelling narrative that reads as a coherent whole.
Anyone who reads this book will quickly conclude that tort reform belongs back on the national agenda."
- Richard Epstein
Lawrence A. Tisch Professor of Law, N.Y.U. Law School
Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
"Accident rates decline, but tort costs increase. In Japan, legal fees consume just 2% of compensation payments, but American lawyers take more than half the money. If you suspected that our legal system is rigged to fund lawyers at consumers' expense, this book well documents that. Our system is disgusting. In great detail, Lester Brickman explains how American lawyers collaborate with judges to use their special coercive powers to overwhelm defendants and create 'a huge money making' machine for themselves."
- John Stossel
Fox Business Anchor
"In Lawyer Barons, Lester Brickman exposes the new legal power elite as little more than a sleazy, self-interested racket. Brickman surgically dismantles each rationale for their approach to justice, revealing a sewer of hypocrisy and greed. Brickman lets the facts do the work of the powerful indictment, leaving the Bar with this unavoidable choice – does it stand for justice, or money?"
- Philip Howard
Founder, Common Good
Author, The Death of Common Sense
"Tort litigation in America is riven with abusive and corrupt practices that Dickens would find familiar. Dickens is not around to chronicle them, but fortunately, Lester Brickman is. Himself an able story-teller, Brickman combines compelling narrative with lucid summary of pertinent theories and research. He builds a powerful case that current fee practices undermine the tort system and betray the professed values of the legal profession."
- William H. Simon
Arthur Levitt Professor of Law
Columbia Law School
"Lester Brickman has long strikingly exposed in scholarly and other writings the gross unfairness of much personal injury law, especially the often scandalously excessive 'contingent fees' charged by many claimants' lawyers. In this thorough but readable book Brickman both collects and expands on his seminal scholarship to the benefit of all – except those same claimants' lawyers."
- Jeffrey O'Connell
Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
“There is about [LAWYER BARONS] the sort of fascination one has in being let in on the workings of a particularly long con. … Mr. Brickman has made the case for a re-thinking of contingency fee arrangements. Considering the powerful role of such arrangements in the shape and evolution of the American legal system, that is a considerable achievement.”
- Dennis Jacobs
New York Law Journal
"...Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the modern American tort system actually works."
- Daniel Fisher