I used to read lawyer websites all the time. But I must have been away--something about them seems to have changed.
Last time I looked, lawyers could brag about their settlements in only nine figures, never more.
I remember it well. You might too: "over $300 million in settlements for our clients!" and "more than $550 million in total verdicts and settlements!" and "nearly $700 million recovered on behalf of our clients!"
But all that's in the past. Now, for the first time, lawyers have surmounted the billion dollar mark!
I noticed it for the first time today. After a quick search, I turned up five.
I congratulate them all:
Kelley & Ferraro ("nearly" $1 billion, but I'm letting them in the club)
Goldberg & Goldberg (ditto)
I don't know whether to groan or to applaud. After all, I'm still old enough to remember when The Six-Million Dollar Man was something to get excited about.
But not anymore! Let's hear it for the plaintiffs' lawyers!***
***Disclaimer. Of course, I'm a plaintiffs' lawyer too. Later today, I'll be giving myself a big pat on the back. Plus, perhaps, breaking out a case of Opus One--a wine that's known to be created without a single, solitary sour grape!
Update: Readers Respond. Undoubtedly, there are many of these billion-dollar-in-settlement firms. I have been informed that I missed this one: Burg Simpson.